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Old 04-18-07, 12:15 PM   #1
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How many recumbent riders still ride a wedgie?

How many recumbent riders here still ride a wedgie road bike? For the purposes of this thread mtn bikes do not count because I know some of us like to off road on a mtn bike, but we stick with recumbents while riding on the road.

Just wondering how many are purists & ride only recumbents & how many still ride wedgie saddle/diamond frame road bikes? If you still ride a road bike, why?
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Old 04-18-07, 12:42 PM   #2
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I haven't touched my hybrid road bike since I got my trike. Well technically I did touch it, to move it to the back of the garage.
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Old 04-18-07, 12:44 PM   #3
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My recumbents take up too much room
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Old 04-18-07, 12:49 PM   #4
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I still ride my upright a bunch, but only on short rides to crosstrain, or when it's traithalon season. If I weren't doing tris, I'd have sold it. It's light and accellerates and I'm fast on it, but not as fast nor as fun as the lowracer. And now that I have a p-38 as my commuter, I have even less reason to bother with an upright, except to hit muscles that bents don't.
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My bikes are tools for conquering pavement. I ride the tool that best fits the needs of the day. Big climbing rides usually the wedgie comes out, windy days, usually the trike. Long stretches in areas known for bad pavement, take the wedgie. Rolling hills, good pavement take the trike. Occasionaly the wedgie comes out just to fit into a group ride, but it isn't because I can't usually keep up with the average wedgie rider around here, pacelines are no place for a trike.
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Old 04-18-07, 01:09 PM   #6
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Being a bikeshop junky, I have more bikes than I have limbs.. all for different type of riding... can never have enough bikes, motorized or not.
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I've got 2 bents (swb & trike), DF hybrid, folder, MTB, road, city, they all get used, though the SWB gets the most miles each year, second is tied with the trike & MTB, then the folder, hyrid, road, city. Just depends on my mood and the ride. I enjoy each and everyone of them

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I ride my DF bikes in town where I prefer them to bents. I also would use my DF bikes for touring depending on where I was going and what the road surface/traffic would be like.

For the most part I use my bents for long distance highway riding and the DF for urban medium to short distance rides.

My DF bikes are more versatlie than my bents, but after 100kms a day the bents start to look really good.

As someone else mentioned above - use the right tool for the right job.
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I use my DF when I commute to work.
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Old 04-18-07, 06:35 PM   #10
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DF (Cross Check) during winter, DF are better on ice/snow/mud etc.
Recumbent (Street Machine) the rest of the time- more comfortable and
satisfying ride.

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Yes, but time will tell if it remains so. I'm thinking that my fat tired DF(whether mountain or comfort) will still be a mainstay. DF road bikes are gone forever.

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DF is used for faster or hillier group rides with other DF, most of whom are faster than I am anyway. Or when I ride with 2-3 friends on a reasonably fast ride. The bent is used on certain group rides, and on most of my solo rides, it is just tooo comfortable.
Neck limits get to be a hassle up around 60-70mi on the DF or on subsequent day
rides on the DF. Takes 2-3 days to get over the neck ache. OTOH recently started
doing occas rides as a stoker on a tandem an enthusiastic friend bought for a short
lived new squeeze. It is interesting, we average 2-4mph faster than on a DF solo, and I have no neck problems at all (more erect posture) and the crotch cramps are 'tolerable'. Planning a century this Sat on the tandem.

Up til the recent tandem surge, I was spending about 45% of my annual mileage
(4kmi-5.5kmi/yr) on the bent. Not sure how it is going to work out now.
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I ride about 220miles per week on my roadie. Most of my riding buddies are roadies so it makes sense to ride such a bike. I do ride my trike with a roadie bunch around the local velodrome, once a week. Try to stay at the back for safetys sake, yet it does make turns off the front awkward for everyone . Still better then being in the middle of a pack of cyclists though . For me, the trike really is an awkward piece of equimpment to use alongside other machines. I do the most miles on my trike, on twisting, urban bike paths, usually alone. That isn't a bad thing I may add
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I sold all my Road bikes after purchasing my recumbents. I kept them for a couple of years but never rode them after buying the bents.
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I still ride my wedgie, but only to commute to work... I would love to ride my 'bent full time, but my employer (a big 3 automaker) dosen't allow bikes onto company property, so they are left outside the plant, chained to the fence... The gate that I use to enter the plant is kind of desolate and I work steady mid-nights... A real recipe for disaster and easy pickings for bike thieves.... Luckily, I will be retiring at the end of May, and can finally relocate my wedgie to the rafters of the garage...
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My MTB wedgie caused too much pain. Sold it right after buying my bent so I could buy more accessories for it.
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Old 04-19-07, 08:35 AM   #17
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my employer (a big 3 automaker) dosen't allow bikes onto company property
Seriously? Is that an insurance thing, or an anti-bike thing?
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I usually use my Diamond frame for commuting to work, sometimes I'll trike it, but I like to ride to the gym at lunchtimes some days during the week and the trike is just too much hassle to tie up outside it. So I find my upright better and quicker for that, given my limited time. Both are a lot of fun to ride but I will always favour the bent over long distances.
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Seriously? Is that an insurance thing, or an anti-bike thing?
Jeff, I kid you not... It's definitely not an insurance issue, nor do I think that it's an anti-bike statement..
It's just the company's view that the only thing that should be on the property is the employee... So the bicycles are relegated to the bike racks on the city sidewalks, or chained to the perimeter fence... This practice will never be changed either as they have gone to an un-manned swipe-card turnstile system for workers to enter and leave the plant and thus eliminate a large number of security guards who used to man the open gates.... So the best thing to do is ride an old beater to and from work, and hope that it's still there when your shift ends... I'm retiring the middle of May and glad I'm outta there !!!...

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My DF stays in my trainer, next to the treadmill and in front of a DVD TV. My wife and I use that setup occasionally to exercise together (with me on the bike). We almost never ride together -- my idle speed is the same as her moderate-effort cycling speed. Otherwise I use the 'bent outside.

However, following recovery from a recent accident where I broke my hip, I may use the DF to start with -- easier to put my feet down than my high-racer. "Right tool for the right job..."
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I still have a wedgie and ride it occasionally. As others have written, it's better for ice and snow, and off-road too if I did off-road. I hate to do rides over about 10 miles with it, though.
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I own an upright tandem that I ride with my wife. In fact, did 33 miles today.
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I love all my bikes. My bents are good at different things than the DF bikes, and each gets ridden for what it does best.
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Ive only had my bent for a month now. I use it everyday, I rode my DF twice and it was literally a pain in the neck. I think I'm going to put it on craigslist. It should pay for some new pedals, shoes, and a fairing!
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My intention was to ride both. Reality is the upright ended up parted out on ebay.
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