I received the Hydrobikes and brought them up to my lake house in East Texas last Saturday. Well, Tropical storm Lee was sending rain bands across us and we had a 20-30 mph gusting wind. We got a much needed 3″ of soaking rain in Tyler county, which is the third county west of Louisiana in the middle of East Texas. I could not stand it, so on Sunday I assembled one of the bikes, in the rain, and tried it out. We had no problem in the wind, and I crossed the lake many times. My kids loved it, and my skinny 12 year old son easily controlled the craft. A coast guard officer visiting relatives in the area was very interested in the Hydrobike, and I let him try it and he loved it. I asked him about the wind, and he said it was blowing 20 nautical miles per hour with gusts nearing 40. Two design features of the Hydrobike that keep it from being blown sideways in the wind are the pontoons and the rudder. Your pontoons are deep enough in the water to act as keels, and prevent “crabbing” in the wind. Also, unlike a canoe, or even a kayak, there is very little surface area on the craft for the wind to push on. Now, some of the gusts I encountered were enough to push me sideways on long traverses of the lake. But I could easily compensate with the rudder, which also adds to the amount of “keel”. In fact, in deep water with the rudder in it’s lowest position, it acts as a daggerboard as on a catamaran. I consider the experience a rather extreme test of the craft, and am well satisfied with the performance exhibited. Anyway, next week I am going to take them to the beach and go beyond the third sand bar and fish. I hate wade fishing at the beach as I know what is out there in terms of bull sharks and stingrays…….. “
Fun & Easy!
Cruising the Neighborhood: It’s Fun & Easy! “I wanted to take a moment to tell you how much we are enjoying our Hydrobike. After recently retiring, I wanted to increase my exercise and fun level too – and the Hydrobike is perfect for both. It’s great fun, easy to pedal, scoots along fast, and I get the side benefit of toning up at the same time. I feel like a kid again, riding my bike around the neighborhood, just now it’s the waterfront neighborhood. The design of the bike is exceptional – lighweight, handy carrying straps for easy entry into the water from our dock, sturdy and stable platform, and easy to set the handlebars and seat ergonomically correct for different height riders.
My bike was in demand for our recent Father’s Day picnic, and we had riders from 8 to 72 years old and they all loved it. My favorite time to ride is early in the morning or after the sun goes down. I have to sneek out of the house if I don’t want Buster, my dog, to go with me. As soon as he sees me heading for the dock and my bike he starts whining to go with me. He’s never cared for going out on our 25′ Parker fishing boat, but he definitely loves being close to the water on the Hydrobike. I commend you and your company on your service as well. I was thrilled to get my bike as quickly as I did, and your quick and personal responsiveness to calls and EMAIL is so refreshing.”