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Old 09-02-17, 12:06 PM   #1
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Neck Rest & Flaf For Recumbent Bike?

I'm still awaiting my Giro A20. Wondering how many of you use a neck rest on your bike? I see them on photos of trikes, so just thinking about the ergonomics of using one on a recumbent bike? The same with flags - see them mostly, but not exclusively on trikes.....

I don't want to go out and buy a lot of extra stuff. For the Giro I purchased (from Bacchetta via the dealer) fenders, kickstand, 2 B & M mirrors, and a One Arm Bandit light mount. Bought an Arkel Recumbent seat bag online because I have Arkel products and like them a lot. I've got a bell, Cateye Strada Cyclometer, etc. that I already own (I have 13 bicycles).

So....neck rest & flag? Thanks.
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I haven't seen a neck rest used on a two-wheeled recumbent like your Giro. The seats are more upright so you don't need one to keep your head from falling back.

You can buy a basic flag by Bell at most Walmart stores for a couple of bucks. I'm not thrilled with the mount which attaches to the rear wheel at the axle and works better on cheap bikes with nutted axles but it will work. You can also buy fancy flags with a large area for visibility but that may increase the drag on the bike. You can see a wide variety of choices here: Lets see your flags! - BentRider Online Forums
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Those are some cool flags. Terra Cycle in Portland, OR sells Purple Sky Flags, made locally and they seem well made. I'm near Portland so would be easy for me to go see in person.
@VegasTriker - where & how do you mount your lights? If I'm riding in the street, even during the day, I run my rear blinky red light & front headligh. I also have helmet mounted front/rear light combo, if I really wanna be seen.
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VV- TerraCycle is the bee's knees when it comes to recumbent accessories. They sell everything, and what they don't sell, they'll make for you. Pat Franz is an extraordinarily nice person, too.
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@Jeff Wills - Thanks for confirming. It's good to know. I'm so excited to get on this baby and get practice time before in. I'm on the Fanno Creek Trail, so have miles & miles of no car riding opportunity.

I'm thinking of getting one of those orange reflective triangles to hang from the back.....
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What's the recline angle? If you're getting the recurve seat, it typically doesn't recline enough to worry about getting a neck rest. You can ride without it regardless of the recline; so maybe ride it for a while and then decide if you want one or not. I use 'em on my bikes, but then the recline angle on them is around 20-22 degrees from horizontal.
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@Jeff Wills - Thanks for confirming. It's good to know. I'm so excited to get on this baby and get practice time before in. I'm on the Fanno Creek Trail, so have miles & miles of no car riding opportunity.

I'm thinking of getting one of those orange reflective triangles to hang from the back.....
The recumbent gang did a ride the length of the Fanno Creek trail a couple weeks ago. We started near Gugie's place and went down to Tigard. We were on the Banks-Vernonia trail today (hot, but not much smoke). We're heading for Fort Stevens next weekend for the Recumbent Retreat. Come on out!
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@Jeff Wills - I saw that event. Heck, I would be wobbling all over the place! I'm not even sure yet how I'm gonna transport the Giro. I'm hoping with the wheels off and the rear seats forward it will fit.
Optimally I'd like a hitch & Recumbent rack, but just can't afford that now. My current rack is a basic trunk mount kind.
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Where the is the will, there is often a way. I used the equivalent of a trunk mounted rack (RhodeGear triple rack) that hangs off the hatchback of my Scion XB. I was able to hang my Haluzak Horizon SWB from the rack by using one side of the rack on the rear frame and suspending the front wheel from the other side of the rack using a cut up bike tube. I remember traveling at least 60 miles that way without any problem.
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@Jeff Wills - I saw that event. Heck, I would be wobbling all over the place! I'm not even sure yet how I'm gonna transport the Giro. I'm hoping with the wheels off and the rear seats forward it will fit.
Optimally I'd like a hitch & Recumbent rack, but just can't afford that now. My current rack is a basic trunk mount kind.

Upright riders converting to recumbent are always wobbly! The key is to consciously relax your shoulders and hands so pushing on the pedals doesn't feed back through your arms and hands. Either lay your hands flat across the brake levers or make an "OK" sign with your thumb and index finger around the handlebar. Straighten your back so all of your spine is in contact with the seat. Start out in a low gear- give the pedals a couple pushes to get moving and then coast a bit to get the feel for the steering.

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Hey these are great deals on both fronts! @VegasTriker - creative and it worked! Thank you for the hope. @Jeff Wills - fantastic breakdown on specifics. I knew that I'm supposed to have my back pushed into th seat with relaxed shoulders, arms and hands.....in theory. Actually getting into that state when you're nervous is not always intuitive. I like how you do,aimed the hands with an "OK" shape.
Man I'm excited. Looks like I may get it by Thursday.....I've got two weeks off beginning Sept. 11th., and hopefully we will have some reasonable temperatures.
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I've got two weeks off beginning Sept. 11th., and hopefully we will have some reasonable temperatures.

And less smoke and ash... *cough* *cough*
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@Velocivixen - I got a bunch of free stuff with my highracer. Including a flag. I'm not going to use it. FWIW. I also got a headrest that I didn't install, but just the small amount of sitting in the seat I have done while getting the boom length set has made it clear that the headrest is not an optional piece of equipment. I haven't seen many recumbents in metro Portland, but only one was running a flag and it was a trike. There is a woman I've seen in my neighborhood on a Bacchetta similar to your Giro20 and she doesn't use a flag even in Downtown. Cars see recumbents quite well.
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@Leisesturm - Thanks for the feedback. I've been riding around my neighborhood and on a multi user path for the past day - did 10 miles over 2 different rides yesterday. It's like recline in a comfy lawn chair on a magic carpet - except I'm pedaling. People smile a ton when they see me. Two teenage girls asked, "What kind of bike is that?" They were interested.
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@Velocivixen - I got a bunch of free stuff with my highracer. Including a flag. I'm not going to use it. FWIW. I also got a headrest that I didn't install, but just the small amount of sitting in the seat I have done while getting the boom length set has made it clear that the headrest is not an optional piece of equipment. I haven't seen many recumbents in metro Portland, but only one was running a flag and it was a trike. There is a woman I've seen in my neighborhood on a Bacchetta similar to your Giro20 and she doesn't use a flag even in Downtown. Cars see recumbents quite well.

Yeah, we were all out at Fort Stevens this weekend. (90-odd trikes, recumbent bikes, and the lone velomobile.)

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This is a wonderful and motivating photo. I'm keeping this event on my radar for next year! I'm not safe to be in traffic yet so......
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About the same size of group as the Smokey Mountain Recumbent Rally last year, and about the same ratio of trikes. While it was fun having so many bents in one place, there was almost nobody to ride with.
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About the same size of group as the Smokey Mountain Recumbent Rally last year, and about the same ratio of trikes. While it was fun having so many bents in one place, there was almost nobody to ride with.
Why wasn't there anyone to ride with? So did you end up riding alone? I looked up the event that @Jeff Wills went to and there were scheduled rides - one was even a light parade around the campground by bent! Of course the rides were optional.
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It could well be he chose to ride one of his fast bikes like the M5 Carbon Highracer M5 Carbon High Racer review ? Dave McCraw. There would be few other riders at the rally who could match the speed of this bike and that makes riding together and having a conversation difficult. The last time I went on an organized charity ride I was riding my Greenspeed GTO with a guy who was riding a 20 pound road bike. He left me in the dust at the beginning of the ride and as usual most of the road bike riders did too. I was so bummed out by the experience that when I finally caught up to him a few miles into the ride at the first rest stop I told him that the ride was over for me and that I was turning around and going back to the starting point to get my car. Our speeds were just too incompatible. I'd consider another rally where there were other trike riders but never again one of these mostly DF rides.
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You're right about the different speeds. I had my Baron, which while fast is not exactly the fastest bike in my stable. A few mph difference is not too bad, but if your normal riding is at 18-22 mph, then 10-12 is hard to do. Contrary to your experience, I like going to big bike rallies where there are lots of roadies -- to pass! Sometimes I try to count them, but I always lose track when I get in the 200-300 range. (You can see ADC's Mach II in the background.)

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