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Old 06-10-07, 03:54 PM   #1
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Do 'bent riders ride clipless?

I know, I know, I could post this in the 'bent forum. I like it here better. So anyways, what kind of pedals to 'bent riders prefer?
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I know, I know, I could post this in the 'bent forum. I like it here better. So anyways, what kind of pedals to 'bent riders prefer?
Yes. I happen to use Speedplay Frogs because I prefer to wear shoes that I can walk in, but one can use any kind of clipless pedals that they want. If I didn't use clipless pedals, my feet would fall off the pedals!



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Wow! If you'll forgive a question that reveals my naivete (something I rarely do), how does one mount this bike and get started? Seems like those pedals are WAY up there!
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Wow! If you'll forgive a question that reveals my naivete (something I rarely do), how does one mount this bike and get started?
Throw your leg over it and go!
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You've got to bring up the pedal and give it a push to get some forward momentum. You don't stay on a bent with both legs up and when you aren't moving.
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Wow! If you'll forgive a question that reveals my naivete (something I rarely do), how does one mount this bike and get started? Seems like those pedals are WAY up there!
Keep it in a fairly low gear, start off pedaling with one pedal, and get your other foot up there quickly. Whenever you're stopped, keep a brake squeezed, it helps stabilize the bike.

I switched from SPD to Eggbeaters. A tiny bit harder to push into, but they release instantly, and have a bit of float.
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Clipped in allows me to let the weight of my leg help me pull down and back while pedaling.
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I haven't gone clipless or equivalent on my bent yet, and I believe it's a reason why I'm having some problems adapting to it.

I am now riding with PowerGrips on my upright, and while they do grip my shoes for a nice, tight fit, I don't think there is any performance difference. So I might swap them over to my bent to see if they can help me develop a smoother motion.
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I used platform pedals for the first few weeks of bent riding, then switched to dual-sided Performance Campus pedals. The SPD side is used 95% of the time.
The Tailwind has a moderately low bottom bracket, so it's not too hard to learn to get it going.[IMG][/IMG]

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Yes. I happen to use Speedplay Frogs because I prefer to wear shoes that I can walk in, but one can use any kind of clipless pedals that they want. If I didn't use clipless pedals, my feet would fall off the pedals!



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Nice machine...I see quite a few bents on the road which includes Volaes and most of the bents have fairings. They seem to go slower up hills. I assume that is because one cannot produce as much power in the recumbent position. Is that the case, or are the guys that I see riding, just not producing enough power as they could for whatever the reason?
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Sure do! I ride a Rans Rocket and the BB is pretty high. I found that being clipped in, that I can rest and let my feet hang while clipped in. I use a double sided platform pedal made by Welgo in my case. One side is a flat platform and the other is a SPD style clip. I use the platform to start off, and while underway, snap into the clip. When I stop, I only unclip my right foot if I know I am going to start off right away.
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Nice machine...I see quite a few bents on the road which includes Volaes and most of the bents have fairings. They seem to go slower up hills. I assume that is because one cannot produce as much power in the recumbent position. Is that the case, or are the guys that I see riding, just not producing enough power as they could for whatever the reason?
In most cases a Bent will be slower than a DF going uphill. Some of this has to do with power transfer. The DF rider can stand and exert more pressure on the pedals than can the Bent rider from what I've seen.

I have found that my Recumbent is very good cross-training for when I take out my Tandem with my wife. You need to use all your gears on both bikes, and most of the truths of both bikes hold true when compared to one another.

I have seen some very very strong riders on bents. Once you get your legs accustomed and conditioned to riding a bent, these folks are almost as fast up the hill as a DF rider. Now going down the other side, the DF rider better tuck in behind the Bent because the Bent for the most part can and will drop ya.

I can feel that I do use different muscles riding my bent. I also get less of an full body work out due to the reclined position and the "praying mantis" set up for the handlebars. I barely need to exert any pressure when I am steering. I am very VERY relaxed when Bent riding. I can drink my Sunday Coffee with one hand and not spill a drop when I'm on the canal path.

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I'm clipless, too. I use Bebops. Most bent riders prefer mtb shoes because it is tougher to gain traction enough with your foot down to hold yourself in a sitting position than it is with the standing position you can use on an upright. There are a few bent riders (mostly racers, from what I've seen) who use road shoes and pedals, anyway.
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They seem to go slower up hills. I assume that is because one cannot produce as much power in the recumbent position. Is that the case, or are the guys that I see riding, just not producing enough power as they could for whatever the reason?
I climb a little slower on the Volae than I do my Fujin SL-II. However, my Fujin climbs as well as any upright that I ever owned and that's well over 15 lightweight racing bikes. Here's the Fujin:

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Do they make those seats out of the shredded truck tires I see along the interstates?
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I use SPD's here. I don't have to worry about feet falling off the pedals and maybe causing a wreck, and like ang1s I can let my feet hang.
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I know, I know, I could post this in the 'bent forum. I like it here better. So anyways, what kind of pedals to 'bent riders prefer?
Hey, DG, I don't think bent riders are any more clueless than anyone else on the 50+ Forum, why do you always have to be picking on peop.......oh, you said clipless........never mind.
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