Originally Posted by Spokejoker
I think it takes a little time to get used to a bike. Just because your uncomfortable in the beginning dosent mean your arent going to get in shape for it after some miles. Just sitting on it or riding a short while wont tell you how youll end up. If your looking for speed and milage get a speed milage bike and get used to it etc..
If you've only ever had "normal" bicycles, you just assume this to be so, and don't argue with it.
really true however.
Recumbent seats don't require any "break-in" period, don't require you to wear padded shorts, don't cause groin pressure/irritation the way saddle noses do and don't cause any pain even after an extended period of no riding. After a few hours
of riding non-stop you may find the seat is rubbing you less-than-perfectly, but then, an upright bike would have gotten too painful to ride a long
time before that, and the pain you'll get from a recumbent seat is still likely to be far less severe.
The only downsides are possibly extra bike-transportation hassles, and wedgie Lance-wannabe riders sticking their noses in the air at you because they think they know better.
I had uprights for 15+ years before trying recumbents (for ~5 yrs now),,, I've had both and I don't have any upright bikes anymore. I ride farther than I did on uprights, and still ache a lot less afterwards, despite being ten years older.