Often when I ride my recumbent kids will light up and say things like, “wow, cool bike mister”. Parents will tell their children, “look at the neat bike”. This evening, one kid about maybe 10 said, “That looks like its really relaxing”. I told him he was very smart. I always say a kind “thank you”.
I will admit that when I first got years ago I wondered the kinds of reactions I’d get. Almost 100% its positive. Even the teens, who try to be oh so reserved, will often chirp up, “Nice bike man”.
And what a wonderful way to ride along the Ottawa river, surrounded by the beauty of the river, trees and parks, and the excited kids greeting me. I often come back with a kind of happy glow about me.