Bike Total - 7 so far. As of July 29, 2017, 264,482.17 miles (423,171.47 km) have been traveled in 4,678.06 Days (12.8166 years) of cycling. The ride started from Portland, Oregon on February 19, 1993. The first four bicycles were hybrids (a cross between road and mountain bicycles). They gave the best of both worlds without the pain in your back from using drop handlebars. The first four bicycles were actually the low-end of the bicycle series but they have stood the test above and beyond the call of duty. I switched over to recumbents in 2000.

Schwinn bicycle picture

Schwinn Criss-Cross
Hybrid bicycle with unique " Glenn Bar " (bow-tie handlebar). 18" Cro-Mo frame, 27.5 inch wheels and tires (had to go to a bike shop for them since they were actually smaller than 27 1/2 inch tires). Grip Shifters. Cantilever brakes. Suntour ('93) and Shimano ('94) derailleurs. Gearing was 42x32x22 up front and 13-30 in back. Quick release brakes, wheels, and seat post. Pedals with toe clips and straps. Spenco saddle. Here is a picture of the first Criss-Cross that I had. The picture was taken at the ICARE Volunteer Center in Cutler Ridge, Florida where I did some volunteer work between 1993 and 1995 after Hurricane Andrew. You can see the unique bow-tie handlebar.

This was the company and model of my first two bicycles. Bike #1 was a 1993 model and Bike #2 was a 1994 model. The line was discontinued in 1996 and replaced by the Searcher line. Bike #1 wore out due to metal fatigue in the frame. One of the rear dropouts broke off between Yanktown and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Never let somebody adjust the rear dropouts if you don't need the repair. I had a little over 23,119.99 miles (36,990.80 KM) on it after around seventeen months. A new bicycle was given to me for free from the Schwinn Company since they had a lifetime guarantee on the frame. Bike #2 was taken from under me during an attack and robbery in one of the SW suburbs of Philadelphia back in April, 1997. That bike had over 28,388.76 miles (45,422.02 km) after twenty-one months of touring.

Specialized bicycle picture

Specialized Crossroads Sport Hybrid bike. 18" Tig-welded Cro-Mo frame with Cro-Mo fork. 700 x (28-35 tires). SRAM GripShift MRX-201 shifters. Textro brake levers. Textr linear pull brakes. Shimano Acera derailleurs and drive system. 42x34x24 front gearing and 11-32 rear gearing. 36-spoke Araya PX-645 wheels. Quick release brakes, wheels, and seat post. Pedals with toe clips and straps. Spenco saddle.

This was the company and model of my third and fourth bicycles. Bike #3 was damaged beyond repair in a hit and run accident in the French Quarter of New Orleans December 31st, 1997. It had 9,695.99 miles (15,513.80 km) on it in six months. I had bought the bicycle from the REI store in Atlanta, Georgia.

Bike #4 - "Liz" had nearly 33,975.41 miles (54,360.66 km) when I retired it the Fall of 2000. During 2000 alone, I had ridden 10,000 miles (16,000 km). It wasn't cost-effective to maintain it so I had to retire it but I found a good home for it. "Liz" was given to and put in storage in the archives of Habitat for Humanity International in Americus, Georgia awaiting it's installation in the museum that is in the planning stage. Between 1998 and 2000, I visited at least a 1,000 affiliates on this bike while I did my regular ministry work. I had purchased the bicycle from Bayou Bicycles in New Orleans, Louisiana.

In the Fall of 2000, I made the decision to switch over to recumbents instead of getting another hybrid, A recumbent "bent" is more efficient (at least 40%) and less damaging to my body. I have several things that I needed to consider. Back in 1995, I damaged a vertabra in my lower back in a non-biking accident. Along with this, I have some problems with my legs and I have been suffering from pre-cursors to carpal-tunnel syndrome. Holding onto the handlebars for as many miles that I've ridden has started to cause a lot of pain in my wrists. There are many different types of recumbents but I chose to get a SWB (short-Wheelbase) recumbent that has the pedals out in front of the steering column.

Me and my Lightning Thunderbolt

Bike #5 - "T-bolt" - Lightning Cycle Dynamics Thunderbolt A-10 made in Lompoc, California. Between April 02, 2001 and April 30, 2005, I had ridden 49,571.29 miles (79,314.06 km) on it. During this time period, the frame had to be replaced three times because of structural problems with the frame (stress micro-fractures). The Thunderbolt has been pulled out of production for several years now.

The Thunderbolt A-10 had twenty-four speeds with a sixteen inch front wheel and a twenty-six inch rear wheel. The recumbent weighed twenty-nine pounds and had a wheelbase of forty inches. Components included a Shimano Acera rear derailleur, Grip Shift shifters, alloy rims, high pressure (85- 100 psi) tires, and V-brakes. Price for the A-10 was $995. The recumbent line was discontinued in Spring of 2006. Lightning Cycle Dynamics "custom made" each recumbent to fit the person's dimensions (height, ex-seam, inseam).

The one real drawback of recumbents is that they cannot carry as much gear as an upright bicycle. This is due to the small front wheel. Because of this, I reduced my gear greatly so that it and food could fit into two rear panniers and a 700 cubic inch seat bag that Lightning had provided.

Hans on tour with EZ-Speedster-SX recumbent

Bike #6 - "Speedy" Easy Racer - Sun Cycle EZ-Speedster-SX swb (short wheelbase) 24-speed recumbent.

While in Savanna, Illinois, this recumbent was donated to me. I had gotten in contact with the pastor of the Assembly of G-D church through the police station. Pastor Wayne Carvell offered to let me stay with him and his wife in the parsonage. The next morning, I attended the men's breakfast at the church and was given the chance to speak to the group. Afterwards, Pastor Wayne offered to take me to
Arnold's Bicycle Shop to get some new grip-shifts put on the recumbent. The shop was in Savanna, Illinois but now it is in Thomson, Illinois. The next thing that I knew was that the old recumbent was taken in as a trade-in and I was heading out on a brand new recumbent. This recumbent was designed by Easy Racer Recumbents in Watsonville, California and licensed to Sun Cycles in Florida for building, and distributed by J&B Importers. The above picture taken of it with me back in 2006. I was in Iowa at the time.

When you check out both of the company websites, you will not find it listed or being sold. The short-wheelbase recumbent was only built in 2005 on a limited basis as a try-out (prototype). From what I gather, several hundred were built amongst the three types (Steel Frame - SX, Chrome-Moly Frame - CX, and Aluminum Frame - AX). I've only come across a dozen recumbents of this model at different bike shops around the country. I did find out that there is an Australian touring on one in his country. Before it's destruction on April 18, 2007, I had ridden 23,419.00 miles ( 37,470.40 km) on it.

Here are some of the specs.

Frame: High Tensile Tig Welded Steel,
Fork: High Tensile Blades Cro-Mo Steerer,
BB: Loose Ball 68mm,
Crank: Alloy 170x52/42/30 (steel rings),
F. Derailleur: Shimano C202,
R. Derailleur: Sram 3.0,
Shifter: Sram 3.0,
Freewheel: Sram PG-830 11-32 8 Speed,
Pedals: Wellgo LU-812A,
Brake Front: Tektro Alloy Linear Pull,
Brake Rear: Tektro Alloy Linear Pull,
Brake Levers: Sram 3.0,
Headset: Steel,
Handlebar: Steel,
Stem: Alloy Pivoting,
Hub Front: Alloy Q/R,
Hub Rear: Shimano FH-RM40 8 Speed,
Rim Front: 20x1.75 Alloy,
Rim Rear: 26x1.75 Alloy,
Spokes: 14g. Stainless Steel,
Tire Front: 20x1.50 BW Kenda Kwest,
Tire Rear: 26x1.50 BW Kenda Kwest,
Saddle: Contoured Foam w/Lycra Type Cover,
Seat Slide: Alloy,
Seat Back: Steel Black,
Weight: 41 lbs

Me and my new EZ-Speedster-AX recumbent

Bike #7 - "Alice" Easy Racer - Sun Cycle EZ-Speedster-AX swb (short wheelbase) 27-speed recumbent.

The main difference between recumbents #6 and #7 is the material of the frame. With Bike #6, the frame was made out of steel while the frame of Bike #7 is made out aluminum frame. It also has front and rear disc brakes and is 27-speeds instead of 24-speeds. I had to get this recumbent after my last recumbent was destroyed in a freak car accident in Mystic, Connecticut in April, 2007. I wasn't on the bike at the time. It was being transported between a church and a motel when it was destroyed.

Retail price back in 2005 was around $2500 but it was being sold for around $1000 at
Shirk's Cycle Shop in East Earl, Pennsylvania, near Lancaster. I was given a very large discount. The reassembly of the recumbent was done at Mystic Cycle in Mystic, Connecticut.

As of July 29, 2017, I've got 96,138.10 miles (153,820.96 km) on it in 1,789.39 Days (4.9024 years) at an average of 53.73 MPDAV (85.96 kmpdav) . The picture above was taken in May of 2008. Her name is "Alice" being that she has an aluminum frame and the chemical symbol for aluminum is "AL". Alice has now the personal record of most miles traveled on a bicycle/ recumbent. 36.35 % of all miles traveled have been on Alice.

Here are some of the specs.

Frame: Aluminum,
Fork: High Tensile Blades Aluminum Steerer,
BB: Sealed Cartridge 68mm,
Crank: Shimano 8-speed 170x52/42/30 (steel rings),
F. Derailleur: Shimano C202,
R. Derailleur: SRAM X-9,
Shifters: SRAM X-9,
Freewheel: SRAM PG-830 11-32 9 Speed,
Pedals: Wellgo LU-812A,
Brake Front: Avid Disc,
Brake Rear: Avid Disc,
Brake Levers: Avid Speed Dial,
Headset: Steel,
Handlebar: Steel,
Stem: Alloy Pivoting,
Hub Front: Alloy Q/R,
Hub Rear: Shimano FH-RM40 9 Speed,
Rim Front: 20x1.75 Sun Rim Single Track 6061 Alloy 599x31mm,
Rim Rear: 26x1.75 Sun Rim Single Track 6061 Alloy 599x31mm,
Spokes: 14g. Stainless Steel,
Tire Front: 20x1.50 BW Kenda Kwest 100 psi,
Tire Rear: 26x1.50 BW Kenda Kwest 100 psi,
Saddle: Contoured Foam w/Lycra Type Cover,
Seat Slide: Alloy,
Seat Back: Steel Black,
Weight: 31 lbs



THERMAREST - NeoAir XLite Mattress
REI - Camp Dome 2 Tent
MARMOT - Aspen Explorer 20 Degree sleeping bag


Arnolds Bikes - Airus V16T helmet


Camelback - 2009 Hydrobak 1.5 liter hydration pack ( fastened on back of seat)
4 extra 1 liter water bottles


DEFIANT - 14 LED Flashlight
GLOWPRODUCTS - Clip On LED Safety Flasher
OZARK TRAIL - 150 Lumens Headlamp


VENTURA - D12.10 Silicone 3' x 12mm Combo Bike Lock


MIRRYCYCLE - mountain bike bar-end mirror


ORTLIEB - Backroller Plus Panniers (below seat)
ORTLIEB - Sport-Packer Plus Panniers (pair)


AXIOMGEAR - Expandair HV


Blackburn - rear rack for disc brakes
BikePartUSA - SUN EZ alloy pannier rack


AEROTECH DESIGNS - (2) Screen-Printed Men's Recumbent Cycling Jerseys With Ministry Logo On Them


CycloCamping - Lexco Tool 8-groove Spoke Wrench
CycloCamping - Park Tool Star-Shaped Wrench Set
CycloCamping - Topeak Alien III 25-Functions Bicycle tool
White Lightning - Clean Ride self-cleaning wax lub assorted collection of plasic zip-ties ,
electrical tape,
hi-pressure tire guage ,
plastic tire levers (3),
small flathead screwdriver ,
small pair of pliers ,
tube patch kit


first aid kit,
hygiene kit,
nylon tarp - 4 ft x 7 ft,
small stuff sacks, spoon and knife (no room for other cooking supplies)


Just to mention that I did carry some but I just don't feel that I need to give a rundown on how many changes of clothes that I carried down to socks and underwear. Please just use common sense and pack light.


E-Machine - eM350-2074 Mini-Notebook (Netbook) PC ,
Best Buy
- Vivitar 5.1MP Digital Camera
paperback book (2),
small tablets for journals ,
walkman radio

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