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The OFM has been diligently working on his leg improvements for over two years now. Sturdy Steed, his previous bike, had been handed over to his son after several thousands of miles of fun. Since then the OFM has been doing things to help his leg joints heal. The speed walking we have been doing the last few months seems to have helped a good bit.
For the last two weeks, the OFM has been trying very short rides on borrowed bicycles to see how the joints feel about bike riding now after over two years of not riding. The joints did not complain at all. So yesterday we got a new team member to fill the hole left by Sturdy Steed. SS carried the OFM to hundreds of great adventures all over the west before moving on to the OFM’s son.
This afternoon was the final test and the OFM’s leg joints passed with rolling colors. The new bike is initially named Sweet Ride to blend in with the Alabama motto of “Sweet Home Alabama”. Here is Sweet Ride meeting the exercise weights and the trailer hitch which will be a big part of its life in the future.
Sweet Ride is a NISHIKI PUEBLO bicycle with a One OFM power propulsion unit. SR will normally be used at a very docile speed since the OFM doesn’t bounce so good any more when he splats.
This new addition brings the OFM back to square one about future travel since bike riding is now part of the Teams fun again. Even docile riding changes our radius of fun noticeably. The “fun radius” gets bigger by several miles now. SR should be able to get us out on trails that the OFM cannot easily hike giving us 8 to 10 times as much meandering room and adventures opportunities. That could make a big difference in the trying to have tooooo much fun in the future.