Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Edge City
Bikes: 2009 Spooky (cracked frame), 2006 Curtlo, 2002 Lemond (current race bike) Zurich, 1987 Serotta Colorado, 1986 Cannondale for commuting, a 1984 Cannondale on loan to my son
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You are new to cycling, but you have actually gotten to the key and central point. Some of us want to follow the path of the most efficient and some of us have a sense of history. If you have no sense of history with cycling (and it isn't too hilly where you ride and you don't care to ride with those that do have a sense of history), the a recumbent is the perfectly logical choice. Recumbents offer an enormous aerodynamic edge over a conventional (or diamond frame or DF bike if you are a 'bentie) at a weight penalty. On the flats a 'bent is WAY superior to a conventional bike. When climbing or in situations where rapid accelerations are important (racing), then 'bents are at a serious disadvantage due to weight. Also they are illegal in most competitive situations, but that isn't an issue for most bike riders.
Do what your heart tells you to do. If the local cycling community is big enough then there will be a reasonably sized cohort of 'bent riders for you if you decide to go that way. If not and you want to be a 'bent rider, then it might be a lonely ride.