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    Newbie Question

    G'day,

    I've just had two knee replacements and now have 12 years of lard to get rid of. I've started walking around the block and even gotten on to an old bike my wife gave me before my knees started to slow me down. On Saturday I had to relearn how to ride - it's a lie when they say you never forget Anyway I managed to get around the block, then twice, then three times. Then yesterday I rode from home nearly all the way to work and back. This arvo I'm going to do a near full rehearsal for tomorrow when I'll be riding to work and back home.

    My point is, the road bike is very damned uncomfortable and I did have thoughts about going to a nearby town when my fitness levels have improved. I don't know if most cyclists develop a hard arse but I reckon those suspension type bikes might be the go. I don't want anything competitive but I would be interested in suggestions as to what is around and what I might upgrade to.

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    A couple of thoughts.
    1) Your butt may toughen up.
    2) If it doesn't after another week or 10 days, you may want to think about a suspension seat post or other saddle.
    3) If none of the above works, you may want to check out the recumbent forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HaagenDas
    My point is, the road bike is very damned uncomfortable and I did have thoughts about going to a nearby town when my fitness levels have improved. I don't know if most cyclists develop a hard arse but I reckon those suspension type bikes might be the go. I don't want anything competitive but I would be interested in suggestions as to what is around and what I might upgrade to.
    Thanks
    When I first started cyclign last year I just toughed it out... I figured a bike was supposed to be uncomfortable. I got some help adjusting it for me, but it was never all that great. Then I went to a bike shop, described my needs, and tried out comfort bikes. Wow. Some of your discomfort may be due to being new, but you should make sure the bike fits you well and is adjusted correctly, and you may want to try out a bike or two at your local store, they should know what you mean if you ask to see "comfort bikes".

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    i alos would suggest you look a comfort or semi-recumbent bikes. I saw in another post you were looking K-Mart. If you find a bike shop you like go with them, they can get you on a comfort bike for as little as $300 and it will work much better than any Kmart bike and last longer.
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    Yeah, along w/ everyone else, I would suggest trying out a comfort bike. The whole idea of comfort bike is that you are more in an upright positionh, rather than in a crouched position. Specialized makes a relatively cheap comfort bike, the Expedition.

    http://www.specialized.com/SBCBkMode...m4fsmkn.j27004

    As for trying a recumbent, that's all up to you. Once you get use to a "regular" bike, it's hard to get used to a recumbent (at least for me). It requires use of different muscles, and in my opinion, it is much harder to go up hills, and requires a great deal of balance, due to the fact, that you can't really lean in to turns, like you can on a regular bike. But on the other hand, it is also very comftorable. My grandpa who is 65, rides a recumbent whenever his knee gives him troubles, and says he doesnt feel it on the recumbent, like he would on a regular bike.

    Hope that helps a little bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattP.
    It requires use of different muscles, and in my opinion, it is much harder to go up hills, and requires a great deal of balance, due to the fact, that you can't really lean in to turns, like you can on a regular bike.
    Bah! Recumbent hillclimbing liabilities are grossly overstated. How can you warn someone that it's hard to climb on a recumbent, but neglect to warn them that 'comfort' bikes are as bad or worse!? BTW, here's a pic of a recumbent triker climbing a hill. Notice ALL the upright riders behind him are walking and have been passed. Can't lean into turns? I presume you are referring to low speed balance, which can be a problem with long wheelbases or when the rider's feet are in the air. But c'mon, you HAVE to lean into turns or the bike flips. That's how bikes balance. Lower center of gravity means bents initiate leans faster. Pic #2 is me at about 24 mph. I'd lean further, but cornering on the sidewalls is a Bad Thing(tm). For low speed stability, nothing can beat a trike.

    I'll say that IMHO, the disadvantages of recumbents that will probably matter the most to HaagenDas are price and availability. If a 'comfort' bike does the trick, it'd be a lot cheaper.

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    Try the Giant Revive. It is a Semi recumbent and at a good price for a recumbent type bike.

    BlazingPedals, if those people are walking hills a rec. can climb they are enormous sissies. I don't know how many times I have been caught behind a guy on a recumbent in the first real hill of a group ride. And I ride a Fixed.
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    The cheapest route first, make sure your weight is distributed so that your butt is sharing weight with the hands and feet. It does depend on the stance of your bike; you may be too upright already which is where a comfort bike is going to put you. Also, try other saddles, make sure your "sit bones" are aligned with the saddle. I used to stop riding the bike because my butt hurt from an 80's design saddle. Now there is no problem I love the serfas groove saddles, and never give it a thought but thats me... or thats my butt. Talk to your LBS, they will look at your stance and have ideas on all suggestions posted. Congrats and welcome back to bikes. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev.Chuck
    BlazingPedals, if those people are walking hills a rec. can climb they are enormous sissies. I don't know how many times I have been caught behind a guy on a recumbent in the first real hill of a group ride. And I ride a Fixed.
    These are just normal people doing a 4-day tour. This 20% grade blindsided everyone about 15 miles into the century last day of the ride. Did everybody walk it? No. It'd be fair to say that a lot did, though.

    In the past, I've made the mistake of thinking all lycra-clad riders on racing bikes should be racers. Perhaps you're also making an invalid conclusion that you're passing the recumbents, not the riders?

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    A suspension seatpost would help comfort too, and would not be terribly expensive.

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    Go to a good bike shop and make sure the bike is fitted to you. Proper fit makes a world of difference.

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