Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Another reason: Why we build Recumbent Trikes

Inspiration comes in many forms, for us at Sidewinder Cycle that would include three wheeled designs and stories that entail the creative force behind the design. Many times we overlook the "why" we first started building recumbent trikes. A recent article and subsequent exploration of the inspiration behind the article provided us with the reminder to the "why".

In the Kent Patch was a story about Pete Zeidner: "He had already biked more than 200 miles on his three-wheeled recumbent bicycle, and he was excited to finish the last 100 miles on the fifth day of the six-day Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure in 1999. Pete has cerebral palsy, but his tailor-made recumbent bicycle gave him the freedom to move.

He didn’t know it then, but that was the last ride he would ever take on his own.

In 1991, eight years before his accident, Zeidner decided to bike 1,000 miles around Ohio to raise money for cerebral palsy research. He raised $10,000 and wanted to continue, so he started Pedal-with-Pete in 1993, a charity that raises money for cerebral palsy research. He hoped to raise money by cycling around the country himself. But his hopes were shattered on that day in 1999".

About the Organization: Pedal-with-Pete

Pedal-with-Pete is a philanthropic organization, dedicated to raising funds for research to improve the quality of life for persons with cerebral palsy. Fund raising is achieved mainly through charity bike rides occurring in Kent, Ohio, in Columbus, Ohio, and in Emmetsburg, Iowa.

If you have a moment, please read the story about Pete and his charity foundation.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Human Powered Vehicle Challenge Event

Great event this weekend brought to you by Oregon Human Powered Vehicles

The event will be held on Memorial Day Weekend, May 28 & 29, 2011 at Portland International Raceway (PIR) in Portland, Oregon. This unique event has a large variety of racing formats. Rider skills and strengths will be challenged as they compete in any or all of the following:

• Individual Time Trial
• 1/8 Mile Drag Race
• Auto Cross Speed & Agility Course
• 200 Meter All Out Speed Test
• Mass Start Road Race
• Short Track Curvy Road Race

More details concerning any of the exciting HPC events and general race information are available at the OHPV website http://ohpv.org/HPC/index.html then follow the links to the appropriate area of interest. Any persons or teams interested in participating in this exciting event can receive further information by sending an email to pirhumanpower[at]comcast[dot]net.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Recumbent Cyclist News is Back!

We are excited to share that RCN Recumbent Cyclist News is back! This was the original news source for all things recumbent established back in 1990. Editor Bob Bryant is back not only writing for us recumbent enthusiast but has plans to open a recumbent Dealership.

RCN is currently publishing new stories but also has archived stories for your enjoyment. So, get over there and browser around and if you find a nugget, please share with us.

Happy reading at Recumbent Cyclist News

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Why we Ride

There is nothing like cruising along outdoors riding along your favorite trail with your best mate or solo. We would like to hear from all "Why you Ride".