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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 10-04-07, 05:44 PM   #1
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Worksman or Recumbent?

OK - The MTB is getting old. I'm interested in a (more comfortable) trike. The ones I'm considering break down into two categories:

1. Upright trikes (ala Worksman)
2. Recumbent trikes (Tera-Trike Cruiser or ActionBent Apoyo)

All of the above are good for 300# or more, so I'm OK with either style. My question is, from a comfort standpoint, which will be best for 50-100 mile rides (my goal, not my current average ride!)?

If anyone has experience with both, please weigh in! Other opinions are also most welcome!

As an aside, has anyone tried fitting their MTB with "cow horn" handlebars, such as the Nitto Dream? Did it make the MTB more comfortable?
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Old 10-04-07, 05:54 PM   #2
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Go recumbent trike

You'll have instability issues with the upright trike (They tip easily on turns if you take them a bit too fast). Recumbent trikes are more comfortable, more versatile and better in general.

You can rec ride or tour with the recumbent trike, by the way. Here's my wife, crazylady's recumbent set up to tour
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Old 10-04-07, 06:51 PM   #3
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I'd go with a recumbent suited to your riding profile. I used to sell Rans and Bike-E a long time ago but I don't have much experience riding one.
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Old 10-04-07, 07:35 PM   #4
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Go with a tadpole trike if it's in your price range. I don't remember which brand, but I took one out on a demo ride a few months ago and it was an absolute blast! I just couldn't think of a way to justify it to the wife that soon after getting my Cross Check.
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I just noticed that someone in my neck of the woods is selling his Cambie. I ran into him a few weeks ago and the bike seemed like it was a quality ride. I have no idea if it is worth the $780 he is asking for it though.

http://fargo.craigslist.org/bik/431642795.html



I think that for longer rides it would be nicer to have the handlebars under the seat.
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I'd go with a regular recumbent if it would handle the weight okay. The Worksman products are noted for strength, but not what you'd normally use for long hauls.
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I'd love to get a 'bent one day when I have the money and time. Seem so much more comfortable - almost cheating. That's where my vote would be.
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