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Old 03-16-17, 09:14 PM   #126
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Bents are comfortable, fast, safe, and the view is great. Comfort is far and away the best feature. That is why many cross country riders are switching to bents. That and the view.

Remember virtually all bent riders were DF riders, and can tell you the difference between the two types of bikes. We know about painful saddles in the spring, and the fact that DF riders spend a great deal of time looking at their front wheel.
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Old 03-17-17, 01:40 AM   #127
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On some bike forums, when new riders write in and say they would like to cycle but just cant get used to DF saddles, when I or some one say they should try a bent, we get met with an attitude.

Why is it that the DF camp seems to be threatened by recumbents? On these forums they dont even want anyone to mention bents as the answer to saddle pain.
Because it is not right to be almost reclining while you drive a vehicle on the streets. It is downright dangerous. It get angry whenever I see a recumbnt biker, except in the gym.
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Old 03-17-17, 08:55 AM   #128
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Because it is not right to be almost reclining while you drive a vehicle on the streets. It is downright dangerous. It get angry whenever I see a recumbnt biker, except in the gym.
Most trolls have more finesse than this.
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Old 03-28-17, 05:50 PM   #129
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Because it is not right to be almost reclining while you drive a vehicle on the streets. It is downright dangerous. It get angry whenever I see a recumbnt biker, except in the gym.
I used to get angry every time I saw a Lotus 7 on the streets, primarily because I wished it was me that was driving. Haven't seen one since the mid-80s though, so now I get angry at real issues.
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Old 03-29-17, 02:41 PM   #131
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We're just jealous we can't grow long gray beards
Im 78, dont have a beard, and not much of an aero belly.
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Steamer doesn't have a beard or a belly either. I sometimes worry I'll be charged as an accessory if the 'bent police catch him like that.
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Steamer doesn't have a beard or a belly either. I sometimes worry I'll be charged as an accessory if the 'bent police catch him like that.
True, dat. Steamer is the anti-bentrider stereotype.

Now, I, on the other hand have achieved near perfect bent rider shape and have even sported a beard in recent winters.
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I just went back to review this thread that I started. It occurs to me that since this is the recumbent headed threads, there really shouldnt have been much blow back. Yet look at all the righteous DF riders that did come here to try to refute what I posted. Oh well I enjoy a good back and forth.
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You seem to enjoy it so much that you are compelled to imagine a controversy where none exists. It seems to me most riders of regular bikes appreciate and welcome 'bents as a legitimate choice for cyclists. Sure, jokes are made, but nobody claims riding a 'bent is not cycling, as is the case with ebikes and mopeds. Personally, I think recumbent trikes are cool and I may very well get one when I am too elderly or unstable for my regular bikes. Why not enjoy what you have, without being so sensitive about it?
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I say that people are free to ride whatever they choose but when I read of someone with a DF complaining about wrist pain or seat pain or balance issues or anything related to riding a DF then they should at least try out a recumbent bike or trike.
I rode a DF for decades and nobody ever said a word to me about my bike while I was riding.
I've ridden a black EZ Sport long wheel based recumbent with chopper motorcycle lines to it for 16 years now and I still hear people shout out to me, "I love your bike" or "cool bike!"
I've had to endure riding a DF as my back up bike this past week when my bent has been in for a tune up and I must say the experience has been a pain in the butt and my wrists were killing me.
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...but when I read of someone with a DF complaining about wrist pain or seat pain or balance issues or anything related to riding a DF then they should at least try out a recumbent bike or trike.
"During the storm last night, I found out that one of my living room windows has a rotted sill and is leaking."

"Oof. Have you thought about moving?"
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"During the storm last night, I found out that one of my living room windows has a rotted sill and is leaking."

"Oof. Have you thought about moving?"
Replacing an existing bike with a recumbent if a relatively minor adjustment is all it needs might be considered an extreme reaction. OTOH, if you're into n+1, what's wrong with making the +1 a recumbent? To use your analogy, if you don't like climbing stairs, do you remove the second floor from your 2-story colonial, or do you sell it and buy a ranch?
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Right, I've been a DF rider for a long time, never used a recumbent except the few times I repaired them (and I usually either tested them in a trainer stand or had the customer do the post-repair ride if they were too 'big'). But I was feeling the n+1 bug so I ordered one. Then got bored waiting for that one and grabbed another used one on a whim. And they're both awesome- different than DF bikes and different than each other. Like sitting in a recliner or hammock and turning my legs. It's been a while since I did a century, but I could totally do one with no warm up on my bents. Sure they have their drawbacks and a learning curve, but for someone with severe saddle or wrist/shoulder issues, they should absolutely consider or try a recumbent, in the most literal sense. For the record, I'm in my 30s and don't have any comfort issues, I just wanted a cool new toy (or two).

You just have to drop the preconceived ideas of what cycling is.
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Right, I've been a DF rider for a long time, never used a recumbent except the few times I repaired them (and I usually either tested them in a trainer stand or had the customer do the post-repair ride if they were too 'big'). But I was feeling the n+1 bug so I ordered one. Then got bored waiting for that one and grabbed another used one on a whim. And they're both awesome- different than DF bikes and different than each other. Like sitting in a recliner or hammock and turning my legs. It's been a while since I did a century, but I could totally do one with no warm up on my bents. Sure they have their drawbacks and a learning curve, but for someone with severe saddle or wrist/shoulder issues, they should absolutely consider or try a recumbent, in the most literal sense. For the record, I'm in my 30s and don't have any comfort issues, I just wanted a cool new toy (or two).

You just have to drop the preconceived ideas of what cycling is.
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Right, I've been a DF rider for a long time, never used a recumbent except the few times I repaired them (and I usually either tested them in a trainer stand or had the customer do the post-repair ride if they were too 'big'). But I was feeling the n+1 bug so I ordered one. Then got bored waiting for that one and grabbed another used one on a whim. And they're both awesome- different than DF bikes and different than each other. Like sitting in a recliner or hammock and turning my legs. It's been a while since I did a century, but I could totally do one with no warm up on my bents. Sure they have their drawbacks and a learning curve, but for someone with severe saddle or wrist/shoulder issues, they should absolutely consider or try a recumbent, in the most literal sense. For the record, I'm in my 30s and don't have any comfort issues, I just wanted a cool new toy (or two).

You just have to drop the preconceived ideas of what cycling is.
For those of us in the snow belt, the first ride in the spring does not cause pain. I remember the days on DF bikes where the first spring rided were a pain in the butt, and it took a month or more to be able to ride very far.
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I now have two Cruzbike front-wheel-drive, moving-bottom-bracket recumbents, as well a two DF bikes. I still like to ride the DF bikes, but the Cruzbikes offer a whole-body workout.
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Some folks just don't realize there's more than one way to be right, and feel like they need to be the ones who are right.
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Some folks just don't realize there's more than one way to be right, and feel like they need to be the ones who are right.
Actually right for them.
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