Archive for Monday, April 26, 2010

Couple enjoy taking tricycle for a spin

Dr. Charles Yockey and his wife, Nancy, ride their recumbent, tandem tricycle down a residential street. The Yockeys ride as often as they can in the evenings, and usually cover about 20 miles in two hours.

Dr. Charles Yockey and his wife, Nancy, ride their recumbent, tandem tricycle down a residential street. The Yockeys ride as often as they can in the evenings, and usually cover about 20 miles in two hours.

April 26, 2010

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Local doctor back on tricycle

A local doctor is staying active by riding something from his youth, a tricycle. Dr. Yockey and his wife have been staying active by riding the modern contraptions as many as 20 miles each outing. Enlarge video

Lawrence and Douglas County are home to many avid cyclists, who may ride contraptions with one, two, three wheels or more.

Some people ride bicycles out of necessity, while many others use them for exercise and recreation. They are so common that they rarely draw a second look.

That’s not the case for Dr. Charles Yockey and his wife, Nancy, though. They tool around town in a recumbent, tandem tricycle, which draws many curious stares.

“People are just amazingly friendly,” says Nancy Yockey. “But then you sort of get this ‘what was that,’ because they realize I don’t have the front wheel like he has.”

Charles, a hospitalist at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, and Nancy have been bicycle enthusiasts their entire lives. They decided to take up riding again a few years ago but, in their mid-60s, they weren’t as comfortable as they used to be on a regular bicycle.

Both say their lives changed when they discovered the delta tricycle, which has two widely spaced wheels in the back.

“They’re especially good for people as they mature because you can’t fall off and you can get excellent exercise here from the 15th of March until the end of October,” Charles said. “It’s great for anybody with any back problems or knee problems or hip problems, and it’s good aerobic exercise.”

He recommends the trikes for older people who want to stay active and enjoy the outdoors.

The trikes can cost anywhere from $900 to $4,000 depending on the model. The Yockeys purchased two middle-of-the-line trikes that can be ridden independently, or hooked together for a tandem ride.

Charles said the tandem tricycle is different from a normal tandem bicycle, though. Each trike pedals independently so while both riders are contributing to the effort, they don’t have to be of the same physical endurance level to ride.

Charles said the world record for delta trikes hooked together and ridden is 187. If there’s ever an attempt to set a new record, he said, he and Nancy want to be part of it.

The Yockeys head out on their trikes just about every free evening they have. They typically ride about 20 miles in two hours, and agree that the activity keeps them both healthy and their marriage strong.

At least until one quits pedaling up a big hill, Charles said: “The most common question between the two of us while we are riding is ‘are you pedaling back there?’”

Comments

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 2 months ago

"Charles said the world record for delta trikes hooked together and ridden is 187."

187 what?

slowplay 5 years, 2 months ago

I think you are right. It looks like you just take the front wheel off and attach the fork to the rear of the other bike. 187 of those hooked together would be quite a site.

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 2 months ago

The only problem with a recumbent bicycle is that it's not as visible to motorists as regular bicycle is. So, if you're driving a car, watch out for them!

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