Another one of those long shot posts, but hey!
My dad suffered a pretty severe mini-stroke right after Christmas. I've been trying to figure out a way to get him to be more active. He's never been a driver, and I'd like to get him on a bicycle, but the blood thinners they have him on sometimes give him dizzy spells. So we were thinking a trike. He's not exactly opposed to the idea, but a good trike is a considerable investment and he's a bit wary. What I'd like is to get him on a trike, for a day
, on one of our wonderful bike trails. Have a picnic, show him his body is capable of it. I think part of it is that having this crisis has sapped him of a lot of his confidence in his body and I'd really like to help him get it back.
I have not been able to find a commercial trike renter in the Portland area. Waterfront Bicycle Rentals used
to have them, but they're difficult on rental places - they don't get a lot of use and they're a storage challenge. Coventry Cycles (our likely eventual dealer) would let him try one for the day, but not without the super hard sell.
So. What I'd like to do is figure out some way I could find an owner of a trike
(recumbent or upright) who would be willing to let my dad try it for a day. We could write you a check for a standard day's rental, we could work out some kind of barter, you could just donate the use of your tricycle for the good cause of lengthening my dad's life.
If you'd be willing to think about your friends who aren't on damnportlanders
and shoot them an email, I'd appreciate it.