Great State: 1st Ever Oklahoma Recumbent Rally
LEXINGTON, OKLAHOMA — This is the rider’s point of view on a recumbent bicycle.
Tim McKinney is doing all the pedaling but he insists it’s no problem.
“They’re a little bit faster than a normal bike and a whole lot more comfortable,” he says.
Lyn Key took a turn with our small, point of view, video camera.
She and more than fifty other recumbent bike riders gathered in Lexington on a beautiful September Saturday.
Tim McKinney noted, “I guess this would be the first gathering of the brotherhood of recumbents for Oklahoma.”
Seven years ago Bob Massengale only rode the standard type of two-wheel bike, and not comfortably.
“I got where I couldn’t ride a regular bicycle.” he says.
Bob saw his answer in a magazine.
Then he opened a bike shop right next to his furniture store to sell recumbents.
Loyal customers asked him recently to organize a rally.
Riders rolled in and got comfortable right away.
“We’ve done a lot of work putting it together,” he says.
“Should I say this or not? I can’t get them to go home.”
Rallyers ate burgers in the city park courtesy of local veterans groups.
A few local kids showed up to look too. “I like the bikes,” says one little boy. “I think they’re unique and I want one.”
There are lots of different models and styles when it comes to recumbent bikes.
One participant told us, “It’s a rolling lawn chair.”
Another rallyer, Frank Latito even has an electric motor on his bike.
He also proudly wore a T-shirt with a bicycle and gas pump with the message, ‘I Pass Gas’.
A visitor the the park pavillion mentioned how much he liked it.
Frank smiled and said, “Yeah. That’s me.”
They did time trials at the local church.
Then they rode Highway 39 into town.
Pedaling a bike and relaxing are rarely part fo the same conversation, but at this rally the two go round and round together.