“It makes me feel like a kid with a new toy!”
I bought a Trikke carving vehicle so could have something to ride when I took my two boys to the park or to practice. I got so much more!
My first few days of riding were fun but tough. I felt I wasn’t getting “it,” so I looked up “Trikke” on the internet and found SouthBay Trikke, which was in my area. I took down the number and eventually went over and met Andy Pliska, who checked out my Trikke, put air in the tires and fixed all the tweaks. He then gave me a short lesson, encouragement and I was on my way.
I went home and showed my skeptical 13-year-old son what I had learned. He picked it up right away! The very next weekend was the Last Saturday of the Month (LSM) Ride and it was at Torrance Beach, right in my neighborhood. Before the ride, I got to take another lesson (from Andy), then my boys and I were able to be a part of Trikke history. With 54 riders, it was the largest group Trikke ride in Southern California, to date, on June 30, 2012.
“My boys said it was one of the most fun days in their life …”
After the ride, there was an open house and BBQ at the new SouthBay Trikke shop, where I got to meet all the So Cal Carvers club members, who brought food and drinks, and even Trikke inventor Gildo “G” Beleski and his lovely family. There were Trikkes to ride and “G” let everyone ride a go-cart he made for his boys.
My boys said it was one of the most fun days in their life, and I have to agree!
Now, I’m not an athlete, but I’m able to ride around my hilly block. People stop me all the time and ask about my Trikke. One day, my friend saw a local Trikke athlete climbing a super steep hill in our neighborhood and later, she flagged me down to ask me about mine.
“I have it here in my van,” I told her. “Want to see it?”
I was so happy she tried it out. I got to see myself in her — all-new again — and the progress I have made.
See, I have always been tall, heavy and sometimes, a bit awkward. But now, when I ride my Trikke, it makes me feel like a kid with a new toy! There have been frustrating times — I live in a hilly area and it took me a while to get the hang of it. But with the encouragement from the club, LSM rides, friends and family, I am riding more, getting in better shape and having fun while I am doing it.
Thank you, Trikke, and So Cal Carvers!
In my area, there’s So Cal Carvers, SouthBay Trikke with Andy Pliska (Trikke Andy), who is a trainer, dealer and great Trikke mechanic. And the best for last… Trikke World Magazine!!! Thanks to an amazing Randy Boyd.
Who would have guessed, all this from buying a new toy!
Story first publish March 2013 by Trikke Wolrd Magazine