After my husband, Jacob, and I did a 300-mile supported bike tour of Vancouver Island in 2010, I decided that spending six or more days on an upright road bike just wasn't something I'd ever want to do again. It's quite literally a pain in the ass, touring on a saddle for so long.
That's why for our upcoming tour of Nova Scotia I decided to follow Jacob's lead and get a recumbent. Jacob completed a two-month bike tour from Boston to Colorado via Montreal in 2005 riding his Haluzak recumbent.
Last September, I trekked out to the Bicycle Man in Alfred Station, New York, and bought an HP Velotechnik Streetmachine Gte, pretty much the Cadillac of long distance recumbent touring bikes. It's the smoothest ride on a bike I've ever experienced. With a Brompton folding bike and a recumbent, I'm known in our building as the guy with all the funny bikes.
My Streetmachine is similar in style to Jacob's Haluzak — underseat steering and substantially reclined seat, but has a rear shock, allowing for an extraordinarily smooth ride. I'm using Ortlieb panniers and a Bontrager touring trunk with its own extendable panniers.
We're still in the planning process for our Nova Scotia tour, but the general plan is this: Drive to Halifax and ride the southern lobe of the peninsula, stopping every 40 or 50 miles along the way. We're aiming for a 500 or 600 mile ride.
To work out the kinks in our self-supported touring system and gear, we did a quick 45 mile overnighter last weekend from Wassaic, New York, to Taconic State Park in Copake Falls.
We discovered we need to make a few bike adjustments and buy a few more minor pieces of gear, but we're pretty much set for a much more epic adventure.
Once we depart for Nova Scotia, I'll be blogging here. Stay tuned...