Resources to Help Recumbent Riders Wear Out Their New Bike or Trike.
Bike Map dot Net
Map My Ride
Metro Area Recumbent Society Ride Library
New Jersey DOT Bike Info., trails and routes
New York City Area Maps (thanks to Transportation Alternatives)
New York City Bike Maps
New York City DOT Maps
Bicycling in New York State (includes state and regional routes)
Ride with GPS
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (search and sort by region, city, state)
New York City Cycling
Day Trips, Multi-day Trips, and Getting Out of the City
Adventure Cycling Association
Appalachian Mountain Club (Robert’s a volunteer bike, backpack and ski leader for the AMC)
Bicycle Touring On Car Free Paths
Bike New England / Cycling New England
Crazy Guy on a Bike (a site for bicycle tourists and their journals. It’s not just one guy.)
New York’s Erie Canal Tow Path
Fall Foliage Map (for Yankees)
MTA Metro North Bike Rules
Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities, wilderness medicine (SOLO).
Route Verte (Quebec)
Tandem Club of America
Trailer Comparison Chart
The East Coast Greenway
Traverse Outfitters (rental camping and backcountry equipment, delivers in New York City)
New York City on-line recumbent bike groups can be found on…
Yahoo Group: NYC Bent Riders forum
Yahoo groups also available for each bike manufacturer
Facebook: “NYC Bent Riders”
Metro Area Recumbent Society
E-zines and Web Resources of Note
Bent Rider Online (E-zine)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration > Bicycles > (PDF of cyclist fatalities/injuries 2008) (Ride safely; know the risks.)
NYC Car Accident.net: Noncommercial Guidance for NYC Pedestrians and Cyclists in Case of Possible Car Crash Injury.
The Recumbent Blog
Sheldon Brown (Questions about bikes answered)
Stolen Bicycle Registry
(If you’ve found a “great deal” on a recumbent bike or trike, it may be stolen. Ask the seller for the serial number and check this registry before you buy. If you had a recumbent bike or trike stolen, be sure to log it on the register it here. If you buy a stolen bike, you are supporting the bike theft industry.)
Web Tools for the Machine
HPV Drivetrain Analyzer by Jake Odell.
Sheldon Brown’s calculators for Conventional Gears / Internal Gears with explanations that may make it easier to use J. Odell’s tool, above.
Which tire fits on which rim (from S. Brown). Make sure your tire is adequately supported by the rim.
Blogs, Stories from Recumbent Bike Owners
Matthew Hopkins’ Little Road of Miracles Alaska to Patagonia. Cool story, great photos, great guy.
Deb Wellwood’s Raven Ecological Blog From British Columbia south, and further south
An Australian Cyclist Explores Upstate NY and the Erie Canal
Get Bent (coast to coast recumbent riding)
Wally and Barbara Bike New Zealand
Tom Braunagel’s journal across the USA
Robin Brown’s blog: Three Wheeled Librarian
Who made my bike?
Who actually made my bike? (Focused on diamond frames, but eye-opening nevertheless.)
Clothing for Recumbent Riders
Recumbent bike and trike riders require specific designs for jerseys and shorts. For jerseys, it’s better to have pockets on the front or side than on the back, as they are with a traditional cycling jersey. For shorts, seat padding and a chamois is unnecessary. The following companies have some good options for recumbent riders.
Aero Tech Designs. Some unpadded shorts.
Ibex. Merino wool sports clothing. Good stuff.
Ice Breaker. Merino wool technical clothing.
Regatta Sport. Good unpadded shorts and tights.
Reverse Gear. Specializes in recumbent clothes.
Alex Rims (quality rims and wheels, stock on HP Velotechnik machines)
Bike Smith Design (short cranks and other useful oddities)
Busch & Müller (high quality lights and mirrors and the site has photos demonstrating differing levels of illumination — “LUX.”)
Devil Woman Flags (Unique and custom safety flags.)
Ortlieb panniers. (Quality. No regrets.)
Radical Design (High quality seat bags, rackbags, and panniers that don’t always require racks. Made in The Netherlands.)
SRAM (drive train components, common on recumbents)
TerraCycle (recumbent accessories, components and fairings)
Tubus (Strong, light, well-designed carrier racks with light mounts, fender mounts and fully adjustable arms. Models in titanium, steel and stainless steel.)
Velocity Wheels (high quality wheels)
Cycling Companies Worth Knowing About
Blue Velo (Velomobiles in Ontario)
Peter White Cycles (One of our distributors for high quality wheels and implements of human-powered travel.)
Rivendell Bike Works (Great bikes, great reading and special products that work for recumbent riders too.)
Getting back on the Saddle
Maybe it’s been a long time since you played sports, or you never did. But, if you’re “masters” age and you’ve started riding again, that makes you a masters athlete. And that means you may want to consider being careful with your body. Here are some resources that may help you stay healthy and safe as you discover what your older body can — and can no longer — do.
Holistic Turtles (specializes in health for seniors, focusing on physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs)
New York Road Runners (distance running, mostly Manhattan)
New York City YMCA (overall fitness)
Prospect Park Track Club (distance running, Brooklyn)
The following three resources came from the Early 2009 issue of the Rivendell Reader published by Rivendell Bike Works.
Mark Sisson: Mark’s Daily Apple. The injury-prevention, time saving approach to being fit.
Tabata, tabata sprints (use google for more info.)
Adventure Racing and Orienteering
Hudson Valley Orienteering Club
New York Adventure Racing Association
MedWAR: Medical Wilderness Adventure Racing (“Because there’s more to survival than being the fittest….”)
United States Adventure Racing Association
Western Connecticut Orienteering Club
Two Souls Thai Massage. Guiding teacher Al Turner is a thai massage practitioner and instructor of the highest caliber. Accept no imitations.
Businesses Owned by Customers
Taco Chulo. “Taco Chulo is a friendly, welcoming taco bar and margarita lounge located on Grand Street in the happening Southside of Williamsburg.”
Jason Dubin, artist, a.k.a. Monkey Salad.