Articles Filed Under: Prana

  • How I use my WaterRower to stay in shape
  • Before I became ill, I used to race competitively in international rowing championships. A few times in the Henley Regatta. Usually in eights (eight people to a boat) or fours, and now and again in a single scull. The boats were beautiful Italian made racing shells, so thin that if you stood in the wrong place your foot would go right through the very expensive hull. Beautiful, fast boats. Read More...

  • What is the Inner Meaning of Martial Arts?
  • I had the good fortune to study martial arts with some very good teachers, particularly a Japanese sensei - Henry Kono) - and two exceptionally good Chinese sifu. I learned four things: Read More...

  • What is a Recumbent Trike?
  • How fast is it? I no longer care about speed. However, I have no trouble at all coasting downhill at 80 plus in the mountain passes here. At that speed, the trike is very stable and much more relaxing than a regular bicycle. I just sit back and watch the world flash by. Uphill however, I am slower than normal bikes. On the flat, most people on trikes can average the same as a normal road bike. I a Read More...

  • Adventures on a recumbent trike
  • On this page are a few adventures I have had while riding my human powered recumbent tricycle What is a Recumbent Trike? . (I emphasis that it is human powered, as I keep getting email from people who ride motorcycle trikes - very different!) Read More...

  • Health Issues and Trike Riding
  • While in the hospital with a serious illness, doctors told me I would never walk again, never be able to talk again, never be able to read or write or understand speech again, never be able to be a research scientist again, never be able to properly control my hands and arms, play music, have a normal life, and would also probably be in pain for the rest of my life. And certainly never, ever be ab Read More...

  • Should you Upgrade your Recumbent Trike?
  • Okay - this is a longish page about upgrades which I have made to my trike in the hope that you will find something useful in your own quest for trike perfection. Read More...

  • Why ride a Trike in Severe Weather
  • The picture at right was taken by one of my webcams as I headed across one of our snow-filled fields early one morning toward our driveway. The black spots to my left and straight ahead are deer tracks. I have learned to follow deer tracks when riding in snow - they always know where the easiest places to walk and hence ride, are to be found. And where the snow is strong enough to support their (a Read More...

  • How to buy a recumbent trike
  • My first trike cost $3500 and was a complete lemon. The frame broke after two weeks. The seat material shredded and tore. The welding for the disk brakes broke. And so on... I was badly ripped off. Now more than a decade later the manufacturer’s trikes are well made and well respected - I was just one of the unfortunate ones to get an early version built to shoddy standards. Sigh - caveat emptor. Read More...

  • Automobile Pollution
  • The automobile has been in large part responsible for the breakup of the nuclear family and the attendant social ills. Its use has resulted in: Read More...

  • Sailing the Open Ocean
  • We usually took three sails for our Bermuda rig. Roller furling on the bow with an auxiliary storm rig. Three point furl for the main was all easily set without having to leave the cockpit. I made some lazy jacks which worked extremely well. Dropping the mainsail took only a moment as it folded even in a stiff breeze into the jacks. Read More...

  • Should You Use Walking Poles?
  • Health difficulties mean that walking is tiring. In the old days I used two canes to help. But these were uncomfortable, hurt the wrists, were bulky, and generally were a real pain. However I have found a solution which works very well for me, and hopefully will work for you too if you have similar problems. The solution I found is Trekking Poles. Read More...

  • Flying and pilot training
  • A Cessna Skylane, lining up along side giant jumbo jets, avoiding their wake turbulance, getting clearance from the tower, rolling down the runway, pull back on the yoke, and up we would go, into the eternal sky. Read More...

  • A GPS watch with GNU/Linux
  • If you are training, a sportswatch is very helpful. Especially one which beeps to prompt you when doing interval training. And which has a built in GPS which gives you readouts as you run along, such as pace, speed, time per lap, etc. Read More...