Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Bismarck, ND
Bikes: Modified Burley Koosah, Trek Navigater folding, downtube folding
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SPD's work fine on a bent. May not work for everybody but I have a long wheelbase bent, with the low BB. (pedals lower than the seat) I have a Burley but there are lots of good models around. I've had some back surgeries and a stroke to boot so can't pedal an upright without getting a lot of back pain. Go try a few. They are slower climbing hills, but maybe a bit faster on the flats and downhills so you tend to yo-yo when you ride with a group of uprights. It all evens out, though, and I think I can do as well as anyone my age and physical contion. Even if I couldn't, bents are about COMFORT, not necessarily speed.
They are a bit tougher to transport because they are long, but there are plenty of good racks available.
Go try one - you never know, someone might lend you one or rent you one for the ride. Good luck in the ride. My wife and I are thinking of doing the Wisc ride next year.