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    Just Do It ! VeganRider's Avatar
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    How fast can you travel on 650's

    Never rode a recumbent but they seem to make such good sense and I have to try one. Just wondered about the speed of something like the Bacchetta high racer that uses the 650 wheels. Such as on ride for a few flat miles with a lot of effort, what kind of speed could be kept for a strong rider. Thanks.....

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    Well, John Schlitter pretty much destroys every course record he ever attempts, so I'd say pretty darn fast. My riding partner can hold 24mph steadily for hours.

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    I second what aikigreg says, I rode with John Schlitter one day and he was running circles around me. Granted I've not got that many miles on a recumbent under my belt but I can hold 22mph for miles. John (on a Bacchetta Carbon Aero) was hitting 34mph on flat ground!
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckstoy
    I second what aikigreg says, I rode with John Schlitter one day and he was running circles around me. Granted I've not got that many miles on a recumbent under my belt but I can hold 22mph for miles. John (on a Bacchetta Carbon Aero) was hitting 34mph on flat ground!
    Just trying to get some idea how it compairs to my road bike. My bike (titanium Litespeed) is about as high end for DF bikes as the Aero is to bents. 34mph for me is a good sprint. Holding 22 mph seems very respectable.

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    Well, if you're looking for bent speed, there are two directions to go - highracer or lowracer. Lowracer is faster, but many seem to prefer the higher, dual 650 highracer. Look no farther than the bachetta aero. It'll blow the litespeed away once you get acclimated and build the bent muscles. I have an all carbon fiber trek I can maintain 20mph on easily. I can hit 25 for the same distance on the lowracer.

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    I've owned two 650C highracers, a Volae Team and a Bacchetta Aero, and the things have no problem keeping up with uprights, assuming one has developed their "bent muscles."

    Highracers are a nice transition from uprights to bents as they tend be more familiar to upright riders as far as height and components. They also mix better with uprights on rides.

    To the OP, I assure you that a strong rider on the flats has no problem keeping up, quite the opposite.
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    When I first got my high racer we would do a 37 mile loop, after about 5 mi. of warmup we hit the Natchez Trace (scenic road) and for ten miles I would go 21 mph and still finish the ride strong. This year, although I've been training for mountain bike racing and not recumbents (don't think I've ever truly gotten my recumbent legs), I'm holding 22mph for the same 10 mile stretch.
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