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Old 04-21-17, 05:53 AM   #1
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I just can't get comfortable on my old hybrid

I had my knee replaced about 16 months ago and am doing well but that old bike simply isn't comfortable. I'm thinking An old guys (high seat) trike would work with these old knees and simply be more comfortable. Terratrike Rover? any recommendations? I'm lost, I don't want a dust collector in my garage.
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Old 04-21-17, 06:37 AM   #2
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A Rover still has a fairly low seat. Is there a reason you're considering a recumbent trike vs a recumbent bike?
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A Rover still has a fairly low seat. Is there a reason you're considering a recumbent trike vs a recumbent bike?
Well the lower I am the less the fall height
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Many recumbent bikes are as low as the Rover trike. And just as comfortable. Not saying you shouldn't consider a trike.
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Depends on your preferences

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I had my knee replaced about 16 months ago and am doing well but that old bike simply isn't comfortable. I'm thinking An old guys (high seat) trike would work with these old knees and simply be more comfortable. Terratrike Rover? any recommendations? I'm lost, I don't want a dust collector in my garage.
I've got two Trek hybrids, two long wheel base bents, and two tadpole trikes. Hybrids are for sale! Trikes are stable and comfortable, and fun to ride, but heavy and generally slower than a two wheeler. If you are not planning to ride long distances, and/or are not concerned with speed, trikes are a good option. If you wish to cover more ground faster, two wheelers are worth a look. The Sun EZ Sport is relatively economical, easy to learn, higher off the ground than most trikes, and comfortable. My favorite ride is the Rans Stratus XP. I've done a couple of century rides on it with no discomfort whatsoever. Find a good Bent shop and ride several to find what works for you before plunking down a pile of cash. I love recumbents. Hope you find one you like!
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There is no adequate substitute for spending an afternoon at a recumbent specialty dealer just seeing and maybe riding the many variations on the recumbent theme. They will also be able to talk you through the other details of recumbent ownership like storage and transporting your recumbent on a car.

A bike shop that has 2 recumbents on the floor doesn't cut it. It's well worth a road trip and even an overnight if you have to.
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I'll offer a non-bent possibility. If you're suffering from a range-of-motion problem, the real solution may be shorter cranks. Lower gears usually go along with that, but if you have plenty of low gears that might not be a necessary part of the equation. Short cranks (155mm or less) can be had fairly cheaply, in fact they can sometimes be cheaper than crank shorteners. For instance, if you have 110BCD chainrings and a square-taper BB, you can get these:
https://www.danscomp.com/products/45...FYyMaQodbxoG_Q
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There is no adequate substitute for spending an afternoon at a recumbent specialty dealer just seeing and maybe riding the many variations on the recumbent theme. They will also be able to talk you through the other details of recumbent ownership like storage and transporting your recumbent on a car.

A bike shop that has 2 recumbents on the floor doesn't cut it. It's well worth a road trip and even an overnight if you have to.
What Retro Grouch says is very true. I spent most of yesterday at a dedicated recumbent bike shop and was able to ride several types and found the one I felt the most comfortable and controllable.

I have ridden quite a variety of bikes over the years (heading into my 50th year of cycling) but my back finally said "enough" with diamond frames but was quite happy (i.e. pain free) riding the recumbents.

I placed an order with the shop for a Bacchetta Giro A-20, the one with an aluminum frame. Should be in about a week from now. I'm for sure looking forward to pain-free cycling all the while knowing I have a lot of recumbent specific technique to learn.

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