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    Chicago Cyclist ViciousCycle's Avatar
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    Are recumbants the legal street drug?

    My new Django had an essential part break on it. While I am waiting for the replacement part to arrive, I feel like I am literally going through withdrawal. When I ride my Django, I ride so much faster than on any wedgie I've ever owned that I can get a hard endorphin rush on just a routine ride across town.

    The next time that an employer wants me to take a drug test, are they going to test for the use of recumbants? Will I have to be on the lookout for the Django Enforcement Agency?

    The worst thing that this drug has done is that it's permanently altered my perceptions. I no longer want to ride on an ordinary bike. When I get on my regular hybrid or mountain bike, I feel so hyperconscious of the the lower back strain and neck strain and wrist strain that I had once taken for granted. And I'm acutely aware of how fighting against this strain prevents me from breaking through into the ENDORPHIN RUSH zone.

    Is there any cure? Any treatment program? Or have I stumbled onto the street drug from which there is no cure?
    The Easter Island people were clever, but their civilization collapsed after they chopped down the last tree on their island. You can't be 'resourceful' if you've used up all of your resources.

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    what part broke? And there is no cure... :-)
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    Chicago Cyclist ViciousCycle's Avatar
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    Originally posted by bentbaggerlen
    what part broke? And there is no cure... :-)
    One of the clips that attaches the seat to the sliding rail broke. The clip that broke was plastic, but Burley is being nice about it: they are sending aluminum replacements for all four of my clips. If I had been far from home, I probably would have tried to make due with only three clips and tried to come up with a quick-and-dirty way of stabilizing the seat. However, since I am still new to the Django and learning all of nuances of controlling it, I want to get my seat stabilized the correct way before I ride it again. And once I get my new clips, I will keep the old clips as spares.

    Riding a good recumbant is such a pleasure, it's amazing there aren't more recumbants on the roads. At 34, I'm having more fun with my Django then many 40-somethings have with their middle-life-crisis sports car.
    The Easter Island people were clever, but their civilization collapsed after they chopped down the last tree on their island. You can't be 'resourceful' if you've used up all of your resources.

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    Senior Member bentbaggerlen's Avatar
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    Ah yes I know the clips your talking about... I think I have some someplace. We have only sold two or three Burley bents at the shop. One of them I had to replace the Corbin seat with a RANS seat to make the customer happy, not diffacult at all. I have been asking Burley when we may see a tandem recumbent offered from them. It would only seem to be the next step as there one of the largest builders of tandems. They hyave also started building singles and the Alum tandems look great, and ride better.
    Bentbaggerlen
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    Only known cure -- only ride a wedgie.....oh wait, that's a curse, not a cure. Nevermind.

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    Cycling Anarchist Trsnrtr's Avatar
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    I started riding a V-Rex two weeks ago for medical reasons. I've got 230 miles on it so far and the one thing i notice is a total lack of pain spots. Yesterday, I did a 60 miler and got off the bike wondering where the pain was, while my wife was complaining about her lower back and galling in her private areas.

    Therefore, a total lack of pain means to me that bent riders are normal and that wedgie riders are the ones with an addiction; addiction to pain, that is.

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    Wasnt the old dead dingus was it?

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    Originally posted by ORBIT 1
    Wasnt the old dead dingus was it?
    No, I had a radical perineal prostatectomy for prostate cancer (Gleason 8) on May 1 and just started riding a recumbent June 13. My doctor won't let me anywhere near a wedgie but he gave me permission to ride a bent.

    I never knew bike riding could be so painless.

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