We purchased OLGA in September 2015. She has been on a few 2-6 day trips in Florida (e.g. a shake down trip to Port St Lucie, St Augustine with fellow Village people, pickleball and visiting friends at Sun n Fun Sarasota, a pickleball tournament in Daytona Beach, 4 days over New Years at Thousand Trails Orlando). But we leave January 15th for a two month adventure. As you established RVer’s know, after you purchase the RV, you are required to buy a lot more stuff. Since we don’t tow, having an alternate form of transportation is pretty important. So this week we purchased:
A new bike rack: OLGA has a rear slide. So transporting bikes that don’t have to be removed every time you want to sleep required some research. We found the Hollywood bike rack works great. Though it has a 1 1/4″ post, the 2″ adapter fits very snuggly. Both bikes can be easily secured despite the fact that neither bike has a top bar. Most importantly, with the bikes in place we can lower the post, allowing room for the rear slide. Wa-laa!
New bikes: Since we don’t tow, having an alternate form of transportation is important! But you probably figured that out since we bought a bike rack! Unfortunately, after bilateral total knee replacement, Nancy could no longer ride her Specialized racing bike. And Denise often complained that the forward leaning position of her Raleigh hybrid caused numbness and tingling in her hands. So after a little research and some experimentation we landed on two “granny” bikes that work great. The 21 Speed Townie gave Nancy the ability to cycle pain-free because of its crank forward design. And Denise found the upright position of the Sun 21 speed eliminated the tingling. (I am a bit jealous that Denise’s bike has 700c tires. I may not be as fast, but I do have pretty pink rims.)
As I re-read this post a feeling of dread descends upon me. What if in some future post I’m writing about how our bikes became projectiles and caused a traffic jam on I-10?