Thursday, October 20, 2005

Searching for a "kid's" recumbent trike

kmx k3-2, originally uploaded by bikes@vienna.

For several years I have kept an eye out for a recumbent that could be marketed to young people. It would be, in my opinion, a possible option for chidren with physical challenges. The problem I've encountered is cost. We are able to fit older children on our EZ-3 trikes ($875), but the cost is not practical for many families. So we've continued to look for a solution.

The photo above is for a KMX Kart ($550, yes their website says $500, but that model is being updated in features and price). It is a three wheeler for young people in the 6-10 age category. We're testing it out. We'll have one in the Vienna Halloween Parade.

When you go to the website ( for the product you'll see a pitch for "extreme" sports use. It has riding the trike on two of three wheels and jumping off of ramps. My interest is for a more practical use.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Used Bikes

Several used bikes and used bike racks have recently become available. See the Used Bikes blog for pictures and details.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Marin's Belvedere Commuter Model

06_CM_Belvedere, originally uploaded by bikes@vienna.

Marin has announced the availability of their Belvedere commuter model. We should have these bikes in the store within a week. Here's Marin's description of the Belvedere:

"Developed on feedback from the popular and successful URBAN and CITY bike line, the COMMUTER models cater specifically to the cyclist that uses their bicycle as a primary or secondary mode of transportation.  All models feature color matched heavy-duty aluminum fenders, an integrated LED safety light in the saddle, a full compliment of rear rack and fender mounts, a robust gusseted frameset, and an adjustable stem for a perfect fit for every rider.  Suspension seatposts have been added to help smooth out the bumps and potholes encountered on every commuters’ daily journey.

Built on triple butted 7005 aluminum alloy frames with slightly taller headtubes, these bikes put the rider in a more upright position for improved visibility in traffic.  The puncture resistant 28cm wide tires provide steadfast traction in all weather conditions, and the matched alloy fenders keep the wet stuff out of the rider’s eyes and off the back.  Exclusive to this line is Marin’s integrated LED saddle featuring a steady-on and intermittent-blinking settings, bright enough to see through darkness, rain, and fog for year round visibility, day or night."

Mira & Me

MiraMe, originally uploaded by bikes@vienna.

Yes, Mira is a sweet babe. She and I need about the same amount of sleep and we were snoozing in this photo. The girl is taking long naps. She is taking in lots of mother's milk. She's being held by grandmothers, aunts, uncles, and cousins. I think we will keep her.