Bent riders in the UK
Hi all, I'm new around these parts, I was wondering if there are any Recumbent riders from the UK on here? I live in the Bristol/Somerset area myself, though always willing to ride a long way to meet a like minded individual.
I ride a Scorpion Trike myself, not had it very long, but love it dearly.
Hi Ian, there are relatively few of us around, I live not far from you in Bruton, Somerset and currently ride a HP Grasshopper, but also looking at a ICE trike. As yet only ever seen one trike in Bradford on Avon a few weeks ago, and one other recumbent coming through Bruton a few years ago. It gets lonely out there some times
Ian there are a few UK benter on the BROL forums so you might want to post there as well.
Originally Posted by IanBristol
I'd love to hear your impressions of your trike and see some pics...
Hi Andrew-I think I once cycled near Bruton, though that was in my pre-bent days. Anyway it's cool to know there are other riders round these parts, the only other person I've seen on one around Bristol is Adam Hart Davis ( the broadcaster ) I think he has an ICE Trike. I'm sure there must be more of us, just got to find them. I was interested in a Grasshopper for a while, how is it? It looks like a fine machine, I haven't tried a 2-wheel recumbent yet though I'd like to very much.
Vik-Thanks for that, I did have a look there but I'll have a proper look later on. The Scorpion is fantastic, it's the only Trike I've ever ridden so I don't really have anything to compare it to, but it's really revolutionised the way I look at cycling, it's comfortable, fast, stable and very well designed. I was pretty much sold on it the moment I tried it out. I went up a very steep and long hill on it last night and it was actually fine, with the extra wheel there is no chance of tipping over so I just span my legs, sat back and took my time. I'll try and get some pics of the beast up soon.
Hi Ian, The Grasshopper has taken a little while to get use to, still haven't done any long distances but I think that at last I have it setup correctly, the front chain ring that came with the bike is the wrong gearing for around here, so have been experimenting with different sizes before i put a SpeedDrive on. Stability is getting better but hills are still hard to keep the speed up without wobbling all over the road. I plan to start commuting shortly about 22 miles each way, so will have to get the average speed up. I have been reading about the Scorpion, the Grasshopper is very well made so I would think that the Scorpion is in the same league, will test ride a Ice trike first in Falmouth, as that is foldable, but I think that HP will be shortly producing a folding Scorpion, Andrew
I must say having the extra wheel is great for hills, that said I'm sure a 2 wheeler is faster on the flat. It is good fun to commute on, it makes me actually look forward to going into work.
A folding trike would be very good, I heard they were making a folding Scorpion and did think about getting one however it wasn't released yet and I just couldn't wait any longer. It would be useful as my machine does take up quite a bit of room in the work bike shed.
Let me know how you get on with the trike, there's a few hills in Falmouth if I remember so that's a good place to get the feel for one.