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I Sold It

It’s true; I sold the Silver Flash. The Silver Flash was my three-wheel adult tricycle. I purchased it in 2012 following a hip replacement, and I hated riding it. In three years, I rode 314 miles on it. That average is slightly less than I was riding my two-wheel bicycle in an entire summer. When I say slightly, I mean like a lot slightly. 

I hated the Silver Flash because it was heavy, it rode like a lumber wagon and, most importantly, it was a restriction. I told a buddy of mine the other day it was up for sale and he said, “But you used to ride that everywhere.” Well, it may have seemed like everywhere, but it was not many places. It was a few places, and those places made me miserable riding the contraption.

Composit of bikes

Finding a new RA-friendly bike

Getting the “ok” from my doctor

Three years ago, I parked it for good when my doctor said I could have a two-wheel bicycle back. The words “two-wheel” barely left his lips before I was out the door, going full tilt to the bicycle shop. I did not let any grass grow under my feet in case the doctor changed his mind. Sheryl said she never saw me move so fast.

Buying a used hybrid bicycle first to test it out

Now Sheryl, ever the cautious one, suggested I purchase a used bicycle until I was certain I could ride a two-wheeler. I took her advice; after all, she had the debit card (another wise choice that day), and I found a used hybrid bicycle to give a whirl. I had not had a comfort bicycle before, and it took some getting used to, but after about one mile, I was hooked. I had a new bicycle love. Of course, within a few months, I purchased a new year-end closeout comfort bicycle, and off I went.

Bike

Selling my old tricycle

Parked in the corner

That left the Silver Flash parked uncomfortably in the corner of my garage, waiting for a final decision. At first, I ignored it. Then I brought myself to air up the tires and take it on a small ride around the corner to keep the gears oiled. Yet, the Silver Flash sat in the corner of my garage taunting me. The Silver Flash kept saying, “Hey Rick, I am still here; you know you will come back.” “Nonsense, not ever” was always my response. I had that dialog going on for three years.

Finding a buyer

But this year when I got it out, it was different. This year, I wondered if someone might like a gently used adult tricycle. I knew it was time to part with the Silver Flash. I placed an advertisement locally, a nice lady called me the first day and asked if I would take a bit less. We negotiated for a little while, and later that day, she came over and picked it up and just like that, the Silver Flash was gone.

I understand I am fortunate I was able to lose weight and get my hip back in shape following the replacement. I know that there are things I used to do before Rheumatoid Arthritis that I will not get back. I understand that walking a mile might be more than I will ever do again. But, I also understand that limitations are what we make of them. Sometimes, just sometimes mind you, a doctor might say something crazy like “Yes, two-wheels might…” (I’ve no idea what he said after that). When someone says that, we can celebrate. I am fortunate to be rid of the Silver Flash. Now I am celebrating that I own the Gray Ghost. May the Gray Ghost ride forever, or at least until the next model year. Now, where is that debit card?

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Comments

  • patty1
    3 months ago

    Hope you’re able to enjoy your bike for a long time…!

  • Lawrence 'rick' Phillips moderator author
    3 months ago

    Oh me as well Patty !! Nothing beats riding a bike to feel young, happy and free. I see you must be a bicycle enthusiast yourself. Ride on my friend !!

    rick – site moderator

  • Mary Sophia Hawks moderator
    3 months ago

    Rick,
    Thanks for the article! I’ve been contemplating a trike or recumbent for a while. You have successfully helped me rule out a trike. The best part about a bike is the fun I have riding it. In addition, it’s great for building up core muscles. I’m in the process of getting higher handlebars so that my back won’t bother me.
    Thanks again and may the Gray Ghost ride!
    Blessings,
    Mary Sophia

  • Lawrence 'rick' Phillips moderator author
    3 months ago

    Mary,

    I adore riding my bicycle and disliked the trike a lot. As a tall guy I found it had a tendency to tip on many corners. So I had to slow down when I had the desire to go fast. I always like going fast.

    I also found that the three gears was limiting. I know it seems like three gears is easy. The difficulty with three gears is that I always wanted more resistance and with the weight of the trike it was just not enough.

    Now the good part is visibility. Cars could see me perched on top of the trike. Also the basket is wonderful. You can put anything in it so if you want to ride along with groceries it is the only way to go.

    I hope you find your 2, 3 or 4 wheel bliss. I only caution to look at weight of the until when making a selection. I never felt weight would be such a big issue, But wow was i ever wrong. When i bought my bike, the first thing I did was pick up the bike.

    rick – moderator

  • Louise1024
    3 months ago

    Hi Rick, and congratulations on advancing to a two wheeler again. I bought a Schwinn 3 wheeler last year after my first hip replacement, and continue to ride it after I had my second hip replacement , also last year. You are right in that it is bulky and mine is heavy. I did not get gears as because I knew that my riding would be very limited, we don’t have sidewalks here. So I ride around our complex and a short distance to the park while my husband rides to the bay. oh well. I’m happy to be able to ride again.

  • Lawrence 'rick' Phillips moderator author
    3 months ago

    Louise,

    Any day we get to ride outside is a good day. I did really dislike the gray ghost, but frankly if the choice was to never ride again or ride the three wheeler I would choose the three wheeler.

    Ride on !!

    Rick – Moderator

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