Yesterday, on the way home from work, I was able to stop off at RecumbentPDX, talk with Martina and Mel, and see some of the hard work their team has been putting in, renovating the shop where Coventry Cycleworks made so much history. The passing of the legendary Marilyn Hayward, of Coventry Cycleworks, was really a sad ordeal, I only met her a couple of times, but continue to hear from so many of her legacy and pioneering of the recumbent scene. I am sure she would be thrilled with the new recumbent developments happening in Portland. Martina, Mel, and I talked much about possibilities and direction, the world that recumbent trikes open up for disabled individuals, and how we all can promote and build that community, and my role, trying to be an advocate for people with ataxia. I have the bug now and I want to share with others facing some of my same struggles, that you can not only be active in the midst of your storm, but you can even be competitive if you put your mind to it.
We are now going to have not one, but two recumbent shops here, RecumbentPDX and Rose City Recumbent Cycles! Between these two shops, nearly every brand, make, and model of recumbent is available, locally, here in Portland, I’m not sure that any other city can boast that! I have personal experience with the great group at Rose City Recumbent Cycles, and can personally recommend them to take care of your recumbent needs very well. And now having met Martina and Mel of RecumbentPDX, I am really excited seeing their passion, and hearing their vision, their shop is going to be epic! The time has come for Portland to be known for yet another great thing, a beautiful destination for ‘bent riders and all that comes with them!
RecumbentPDX wrote up and shared a very nice little note after my visit there yesterday, and the trike I’m sitting on in the picture is a HP Velotechnik Scorpion FS Endure, and is of course, on my someday wish list: