Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Recumbent What IS that thing?! Recumbents may be odd looking, but they have many advantages over a "wedgie" bicycle. Discuss the in's and out's recumbent lifestyle in the recumbent forum.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-24-07, 02:02 PM   #1
thebaker
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Which recumbent would be best?

Hi,

I'm new to this forum but have been interested in recumbent bikes for a couple years now. I currently have a DF old TREK mountain bike from 1988. The bike has some sentimental value to me and I put between 2000 and 3000 miles per year on it. I ride to work almost everyday so that's where the majority of my miles come from.

In the future I'd like to get a recumbent for two main reasons. Speed and comfort. I've only test rode two bents. A Rotator Pursuit and a SWB Rotator Tiger. I liked the feel of the LWB Pursuit and based on all the reading I've done I THINK I'd prefer a LWB. So, what is a very fast LWB that would be faster than a DF, of course after building up the right muscles? Are there many LWB bents that have full fairings to really improve aerodynamics? I'm sure the low riders are the fastest, but I also want this bike to be a pleasure to ride in town/traffic if need be without really having poor visibility.

Thanks for any info.

Chad
thebaker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-07, 05:38 PM   #2
LandLuger
bicyclist
 
LandLuger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 383
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Gold Rush replica. . .maybe? The fastest LWB that I am familiar with are the velomobiles.
LandLuger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-07, 06:09 PM   #3
Doug5150
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: IL-USA
Bikes:
Posts: 1,661
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by thebaker
Hi,.....
In the future I'd like to get a recumbent for two main reasons. Speed and comfort. I've only test rode two bents. A Rotator Pursuit and a SWB Rotator Tiger. I liked the feel of the LWB Pursuit and based on all the reading I've done I THINK I'd prefer a LWB....
Well you could just go find a Pursuit.
,,,,
The LWB's that have low-pedals aren't really maximized for speed.
The RANS Formula 26 is one dual-559mm LWB that has a more-reclined higher-BB position (better rider aerodynamics) and a front fairing would help the aerodynamics even more.
Quote:
...Are there many LWB bents that have full fairings to really improve aerodynamics? I'm sure the low riders are the fastest, but I also want this bike to be a pleasure to ride in town/traffic if need be without really having poor visibility....
Full hard fairings are big, expensive and heavy--and not generally considered suitable for regular riding, on a bicycle. You can find trikes (velomobiles) that use them, but then the weight of anything durable slows you down to well under 20mph typically. There are some velomobiles made of fancy composites that are fairly lightweight and strong, but these cost lots of $$$$.

Most recumbent people who want to go fast on-road just use a front fairing with a body sock. The body sock does help the aerodynamics quite a bit, but it has some "give" so that crosswinds (like, from passing trucks!) don't toss you around so much.
~
Doug5150 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-07, 06:24 PM   #4
BlazingPedals
Senior Member
 
BlazingPedals's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Middle of da Mitten
Bikes: Trek 7500, RANS V-Rex, Optima Baron, Velokraft NoCom, M-5 Carbon Highracer, homebuilt recumbent
Posts: 8,944
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 103 Post(s)
A TourEasy or Gold Rush Replica (GRR) with a Zzipper fairing and a body sock is a pretty fast package, as long as you're not climbing any big hills. It's the closest thing to a 'streetable' streamliner that you can buy, and it's 'off the shelf' stock stuff, not some custom-made creation.

BlazingPedals is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-07, 10:09 PM   #5
cruise_carter
Junior Member
 
cruise_carter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Clarington, Ontario, Canada
Bikes: Rotator Pursuit (sold and regretting it), Rans V-Rex, RANS Wave (hinged), HP Speedmachine, Dahon MU SL, Razerback K2 mtb
Posts: 17
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Chad,
Find yourself a Rotator Pursuit, you won't be unhappy with the decision.
I picked one up 3 years ago, thought I would put a fairing on it to make it faster.
3 years later, no fairing, and when I am in shape I give the DF riders a real run for their money.

It is a great bike for both comfort and speed. Not bad in traffic, just be aware of your surroundings as you sit very low around cars. I have a modified Rans Wave (20/20) that I have been using for errands and relaxing treks following the wife on her mtb on the bike paths.

Just picking up my new Dahon MU SL (19 lbs) today to use as my commuting bike (middle part of my trip involves a commuter train). The Dahon folder is awesome, didn't think I would be comfortable after riding 'bents but it's very nice.

Keeping the Pursuit for the fast, long rides. The Pursuit is really a very, very nice bike.
Dale
cruise_carter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-07, 02:33 AM   #6
geebee
Senior Member
 
geebee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Tasmania, Australia
Bikes: GT3 trike,Viper chopper, electric assist Viper chopper,Electric moped(Vespa style)
Posts: 540
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Doug5150
Well you could just go find a Pursuit.
,,,,
The LWB's that have low-pedals aren't really maximized for speed.
The RANS Formula 26 is one dual-559mm LWB that has a more-reclined higher-BB position (better rider aerodynamics) and a front fairing would help the aerodynamics even more.

Full hard fairings are big, expensive and heavy--and not generally considered suitable for regular riding, on a bicycle. You can find trikes (velomobiles) that use them, but then the weight of anything durable slows you down to well under 20mph typically. There are some velomobiles made of fancy composites that are fairly lightweight and strong, but these cost lots of $$$$.

Most recumbent people who want to go fast on-road just use a front fairing with a body sock. The body sock does help the aerodynamics quite a bit, but it has some "give" so that crosswinds (like, from passing trucks!) don't toss you around so much.
~
A full fairing does not have to be heavy or expensive, see avatar (I did not say pretty) very effective and weighs ~3 kg's including frame work, fitted to a Catrike pocket a 16 kg Velomobile is possible.
Faster the stronger the wind blows and with a very average "motor" can hold a cruise of 40~45 kph.
geebee is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:18 PM.