My name is Randy, and this is the DirtBum blog, a personal blog dedicated to riding bicycles on Kansas dirt, or as the tagline says, “exploring Kansas back roads by bike”.
This site is a companion piece to my RecumBum site, which is dedicated to riding recumbent bicycles. Yes, in addition to riding a mountain bike, I ride a recumbent. It’s a strange combination, I’ll admit, and what’s even stranger is that I started riding the “weird” bike — the recumbent — first.
I started riding the recumbent due to some hand issues (repetitive strain injury), where it was painful to ride an upright bike due to weight being put on the hands. The bent solved that little problem, but after a few years the RSI issues lessened, and I found myself wanting to do more than the bent would allow — specifically ride off-road. A recumbent bike is a fantastic machine for riding on paved roads for long distances, but it doesn’t handle gravel roads very well, and doesn’t work for singletrack at all.
So I bought a mountain bike, and found I really could still ride an upright bike, and further, that I enjoyed it.
So now, in addition to being a recumbent bum, I’m a mountain bike bum. And given that there are no actual mountains in Kansas, I’ll just be a dirt bum.