I've been reading this forum from time to time and just don't know if a bent would be good for me or not. Some of my reading has been skim reading so I may have missed something. I would appreciate all advice.
My understanding of bents:
1. better for riders with back problems
2. accept bike bags
3. fairings for DF or bents will add 5..10% speed increase
1. potential for faster speeds
2. potential for longer rides
1. uphill is a real chore
2. some riders report riding 1 to 1.5 mph slower than with DF
3. harder to mauveour in traffic
4. harder to haul
5. more limited in carrying ability
6. may not fit inside bike lockers at work
7. bents are "new" and so industry is dominated by small manufacters with major bike producers not entering the marketplace
The bike that got me back into biking is a Giant OCR 2. My top speed on level ground is about 24..25 mph. This weekend I rented a lightspeed and top speed jumpted to 35 mph. On my Giant some uphills at at 7 mph currently so worried about dropping that more.
1. faster speeds for same effort
2. load carrying ability of at least 300 lbs
3. visibility in traffic [ I use bike for commuing ]
4. able to ride up steepest hills
I am beginning to think of switching from a touring bike to a truer road bike, but if bent riders have a solution to the cons and a way to outrun composite road bikers, I'm willing to listen.
If you think a bent might be right for me, additional concerns would be:
1. SWB or LWB?
2. how to tell good bent from bad bent
3. what to look for in test riding
4. what are the top 5 bents?
5. how to optimize a bent for speed? [ besides tacking a fairing in front ]
6. If fairing bike, how much trouble are side winds?
7. If fairing bike, how much hard to climb hills.
8. Anything else I need to ask and am too uninformed to ask now?
Again, look forward to reading your suggestions and hearing your wisdom.