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The riding season has begun

January 18, 2011

The bike is officially road worthy.  Rob chose a nice blue color and a dear friend arranged to have it plated and powder coated. Accurate Finishing, in Santa Clara, was kind enough to do the powder coating for free. They even asked if it had been built by a professional welder.

We were hoping to have it completed and under the tree for Rob on Christmas morning, but the tear down, paint and rebuild  took longer than anticipated. (That seems to be a common theme in our posts.) It was done the week after Christmas, and it took Dave a day to put it back together.

Throughout our holiday time off, we would ask Rob, “What do you want to do today?”

His usual answer was, “Go for a bike ride.” Last weekend, we were excited to be able to say, he could go on three rides.

Saturday, he and Dave, and two neighbors, made the seven and a half mile trip to the Sonoma Chicken Coop for lunch and beers. Rob was in great spirits and Dave filmed much of the trip. 

Sunday, Dave and Rob went by themselves and managed an eight mile ride.

On Monday, Rob, Dave and I rode for five miles.

This was a huge workout for Rob, whose legs shook involuntarily in the evenings. Monday night, during a particularly long session of shaking, Rob quipped, “I must be getting a phone call, I’m vibrating.” The shaking is not painful for Rob, just an indication of how much his muscles worked that day.

We’re looking ahead to increasing the length of Rob’s rides. He is motivated and willing to go farther than the current eight miles but, we notice that he has difficulty keeping his legs in position when he is tired and they start to rub against the tires. Our goal is to complete the Livestrong ride in Davis in July of this year.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. brkeyes7 permalink
    January 20, 2011 12:14 pm

    That is the coolest bike ever! Congrats on dreaming, designing, building and now riding it!

  2. Jen permalink
    February 3, 2011 1:28 pm

    Pure sweetness! Love it!

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