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Old 05-30-17, 02:01 PM   #1
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Racks, Locks and Recumbents

After a serious crash on my "normal" hybrid, I've gotten back to riding, but my wife worries every time. Lately, I've been thinking that a recumbent might be safer for me, and ease her worries. And I've been getting saddle sore too. A trike would seem safest, since it is hard to tip over (my crash was a flip to the side). But even on a two wheeled recumbent, I could put both feet flat on the ground at a stop light. If I fall over, there would be less distance to fall.

But I have some questions:
I like to commute on my bike, but sometimes I bike one way and put it on a bus rack for the other - or part of it. I know I couldn't do that on a trike, but could I get a two-wheeled recumbent on a bus rack?
How about parking the bike? Can I lock a trike to a standard bike rack? (got pictures?) I assume no problem locking up a two-wheeled recumbent.
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Old 05-30-17, 04:45 PM   #2
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Yes, you can lock a standard recumbent trike to a bike rack. I do it all the time but mostly lock it to any stationary object that is handy. I use a cable lock and thread it through the frame and 700C rear wheel. Nobody is going to take the front wheels as they are not usable on any other bike and you have to undo the disc brakes to take them off. Sorry no pictures available of it locked.

You might be able to mount my Haluzak Horizon short wheelbase recumbent on a bus bike rack. It has the same wheelbase as an ordinary bike but the seat and handlebars presents a problem. It's 18" wide so if there was already a bike on the rack, the seat might get in the way. It also has underseat steering with handlebars that sticks out 13" from the center of the frame. The seat and handlebars are in the center of the bike right where the part on the bus that holds the frame would be located. I'm not sure what the bus driver would do if faced with this "odd" bike. Obviously any long wheelbase bike like my Linear would be far too long to fit any bus rack.

Don't fall for the idea that simply because you are closer to the ground you will have less damage than riding a regular bike. I rode regular bikes for years (and crashed on occasion) and it wasn't until I rode the Linear that I ended up with two nasty hematomas (blood blister inside the muscle) on my hip. No resulting from crashes. No permanent damage but it hurt like hell for a couple of weeks.
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Old 05-30-17, 07:46 PM   #3
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I lock my long wheelbase commuter 'bent to the bike rack in a garage very near my office at the hospital where I work. My locks/cables stay on the rack.
I need to update the photo to current setup of two cables and one padlock which secure both wheels, the seat frame and the bike frame to the rack. Plus a u-lock securing bike frame to rack. A thief would probably need a bolt cutter plus a cordless right angle grinder for my medium duty security gear.

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A used RANS V-Rex or Rocket would be a fairly inexpensive way to get into recumbents, about the same wheelbase as an upright, goes on most standard bike racks, and the triangle frame would be simple to lock to something.
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