This spring was very windy here in western Kansas! It was difficult to find a morning to ride with low wind! We watched the weather forecast and went for it one fine cool morning! Our route is mostly flat road with one hill to go down and climb back up. We see beautiful green wheat fields, cow/calf herds and sage brush pasture. I tried to capture the sunrise, which are fantastic in Kansas, but the picture doesn’t do it justice! The bike I am riding now is a Zenetik. I have the American Classic wheels, and also the carbon fiber fork installed. You will see I am using a different saddle than the standard RANS CF1/CF2 seat. We are happy to show you the Cloud Nine Comfort Cruiser seat that has been made custom to fit with the RANS seat mounting brackets. This seat is proving to be a comfortable seat that can be used on all models of the crank forward bikes. The Cloud Nine seat has multi-stage foam, a contoured bucket design, and measures 11.25″ long x 11″ wide. The issue we are having is the availability of it. Due to Covid, the bike supplier warehouses are empty of inventory! We may not see them until September but I believe they will be back in stock. Watch for it on our website.
I feel like spring is just around the corner! I certainly hope so and I also hope with the warm weather coming, this pandemic will fizzle out!
A bright spot in our lives is the ownership of a Penny Farthing! This is something that has always been intriguing to me-they look so cool! According to my research, the Penny Farthing was invented in 1871. The bicycle was popular in the 1880’s. The one we purchased has a 54” wheel. Jerrell and our son Dylan had never ridden a Penny Farthing before but are avid unicycle riders. They both stepped up on the bike and took off-never crashing once! The bike was named after the penny and farthing coins of the time. It soon became obsolete due to the coming of two wheeled bikes with chain driven gear trains and comfort through pneumatic tires and was marketed in comparison to penny-farthing as “safety bicycles”, which reduced the danger of falling.
This post takes you along with one of our customers, Mark Hinnen, as he takes his new RANS Dynamik on the Kettle River Valley Trail in British Columbia. Here’s Mark’s journal:
I bought my Dynamik specifically for this ride. I wanted my own bike instead of renting. Right up front, I will say the bike is a great trail bike. The seat was incredibly comfortable through the whole ride. Vibration is minimal without having suspension. My wrists did not get sore, due to to the geometry of the bike. There is a nice angle which prevents tiredness to the wrists. And the bike holds all sorts of gear quite adequately.
This bike took me on an adventure trail ride that is truly unforgettable and performed great. The Kettle Valley trail is an unimproved (Dirt/Gravel)Canadian rails to trails. We chose to do the section from Midway to Osoyoos. Most riders stop their trip in Penticton, but we rode a full loop minus the highway segment back to Midway.
We booked our trip through Kettle Valley Railtrails Tours because we wanted a roof over our heads every night and our private trip planners were concerned that we may not line up all the necessities at each stop. Paula Sheridan, the owner did all the legwork, food arrangements and transported our luggage to each stop along the way.
The ride is dynamic from beginning to end. It starts out level, but goes through really tall grass. At some point I decided to take pictures of my bike at various locations along the trail.
The first day was a half day ride to Rock Creek , a tiny burg with the cabins we stayed in, a renovated tavern, diner and gas station. A beautiful spot.
From here we headed about 32 miles to Beaverdell to stay at The Last Resort, but before we got there we started to hit the wild country as we finished up the flat,grassy and gated part of the trail. We started to climb up the 2 % grade trail along the river and I really started to get excited, realizing that we were out in the wild, on our bikes, seeing a beautiful part of Canada.
We rolled into the Last Resort. With prepared meals waiting for us.
There was an overnight rain and then on to our next stop, Idabel Lake Resort. This section is mostly hard pack dirt and gravel which took us to a beautiful, remote lake and resort.
Here’s my bike in all its glory before tackling the “ponds”
And big ones!
I did ride through a couple of the big ones until I took a spill. Sadly, no one has pictures of me bravely riding the water.The bike handles great in water and unseen obstacles. One of the traits I found out just before this ride is how well it handles ballast and responds to quick maneuvering.
Along with the ponds we also had blue skies
The same day we hit Myra Canyon. In 2003 there was a huge fire in the canyon which burned most of the the trestles, but have now been rebuilt. We had 18 trestles to cross. Up until this point we had seen only five people on the trail and then there were many people as the canyon is close to Kelowna the major city for the area.
On our way out of the canyon we had a view of the valley.
After a wonderful and comfortable night at a B and B outside of Kelowna we were truly on the downside of the trail dropping down to Naramata. Along the way we had to stop at Chute Lake Lodge, home of good pie. This is a definite step back in time. That’s me in the forefront.
We started passing vineyards into Naramata and had some great views
We had a beautiful night with a night sky that started with an intense rainbow and then turned into this
From Naramata we worked our way toward Penticton and Okanogan Falls passing through vineyards and tasting some Canadian wine.
The last day of the ride took us on highway for a good part of the day and one last portrait of the bike on our way to Osoyoos.