Fun Ride on a Gravel ‘Bent

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My recumbent has pretty fat tires (45 mm/1.75″ in the rear, 38 mm/1.5″ in the front) and does surprisingly well on poor pavement or off-road. I certainly wouldn’t use it for a mountain bike, but it is equivalent to an upright “gravel bike”. I tried it out on some gravel and flat off-road as well as poor pavement today and it did fine.

Today’s schedule called for easy day for the legs, hard day for the upper body, so I first did a warmup, then weights and resistance bands for the upper body, then went for my ride.

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Before this ride, I improved my electric assist a bit by mounting it lower, which lowers the center of gravity of the bike for better handling. The only place to put it besides a rear rack is under the main frame tube, but the seat clamp gets in the way. So I made a little bridge to clear the clamp, and the battery attaches to that. Some velcro straps serve as a backup in case the battery worked its way loose.
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Here is the finished product. I no longer need the rear rack because I now have room for my seat bag again, so I’ll put the rack on another bike.
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I also added a camera mount on the bars so I can take pictures while riding without my knees in the way
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Riding on the dirt shoulder at Guillelmo vineyards
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Approaching the Winery
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Rural scenery further out E. Main towards the east foothills
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Barnard Road. This is a challenging climb with nice views from the top
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Heading Out Hale towards Willow Springs Road. All our hills are green now, I love this time of year.

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