Johnny and Beth have been riding bikes for several years. About 2007 they discovered Recumbents, made the switch and have been happily “bent” ( you rarely ever see a recumbent rider that is not smiling) ever since. No more painful contact points. It seemed as if a whole new world had suddenly opened up making cycling so much more fun and enjoyable with almost limitless comfortable miles.
They have been on many recumbent cycling adventures all over Mississippi and Florida. Beth caught a little bit of the racing bug and has race her recumbent at Sebring, FL and Bessie’s Creek in Texas. When she races, Johnny turns into Crew Chief, Bike Mechanic, Nutrition Specialist, Meteorologist and Head Cheerleader!
Their favorite thing to do though is just get on the Recumbents and ride. Ride for miles, ride for hours, ride with friends, ride with the Grandkids, ride to explore, or ride because its just plain fun. A bad day can be made so much better with just a ride.
They say riding recumbents can cure just about anything. Well maybe not everything but it sure can cure the blues and is the closest thing to the fountain of youth they have found.
The worst side effect is that you get fit and in better shape while just having fun.
“We have made so many friends through recumbents, many have become like a 2nd family to us and we cherish them all.
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John was one of the pioneers of the US recumbent industry in the late 1970s and became R&D and production manager at RANS for the next 20 years, where he also handled the ultralight / light aircraft activities. He then became one of the co-founders of Bacchetta.
In 2012 John left Bacchetta and opened Vite Bikes with his wife Jacquie. John and Jacquie combined their strengths and launched Schlitter Bikes with the debut of the Encore in July, 2014. The Schlitter Encore was awarded the coveted Bentrideronline “Bike of the Year” award after its first year of production.
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