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  • 10-19 years of age

    0 0%
  • 20-29 years of age

    13 7.65%
  • 30-39 years of age

    28 16.47%
  • 40-49 years of age

    40 23.53%
  • 50-59 years of age

    65 38.24%
  • 60-69 years of age

    22 12.94%
  • over 70 years of age (you go dude/dudette!)

    2 1.18%
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    POLL: Age of Bent Riders?

    Just curious, what the age demographics are of readers here who ride recumbents.

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    I'm now 41, but I built my first bent when I was 18. It was a LWB very much like a Ryan Vangaurd. It was not perfect, and handled very poorly when loaded up for touring, so untill I was 37 or 38 I used an standard bike for touring. But I really liked the view from a bent, so I bought a Vision R40 for touring solo, and a Rans Screamer for tandem touring. The Vision has been retired, and replaced with a Longbikes Slipstream. I do very little solo tours anymore, so the tandem see most of the milage.
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    I just turned 54 on Saturday and my birthday present to myself was a new bent (EZ1 Lite). I had to replace my '71 Schwinn SuperSport to be able to keep up with my 11 yo daughter on bike trails.

    I've only had a chance to ride the EZ1 3 short times but love it so far.

    Btw, the EZ1 Lite was very hard to find in the Phila area. Had to go to Bristol PA where I found the most interesting bike shop -- more like a museam. I've never seen such an unusual collection of bikes: 3 wheelers, side-by-side tandem, electric bikes etc. If you are in the area, give yourself a treat and go to:

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    Just wanted to post here!

    I'm 29, and happily married btw!

    I also have an SC-1 Lite and I love it!!!!!!
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    I've been riding a 'bent trike since 2002 - loving the ride since! - 38, happily married. I enjoy long rides in the country.
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    Been riding a customized Bachetta since March - managed to get from St.Louis to Council Bluffs this summer on the Lewis and Clark trail and continue to commute up here in Fargo, ND.
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    I see so far by the poll that most riders are 50-59, followed closely by the 40-49 goup. I wonder if that's the age we can more afford one or by that time we figure why can't I be more comfortable on a bike or both?
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    I've been riding recumbents since July 1983 (I was 33 years old). I started with an Infinity LWB/USS. I now have a Vision R-44 and a DoubleVision recumbent tandem (we've been tandeming the same amount of time, I talked her into the recumbent tandem 3 years ago, she loves it).

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    Started this year right before my 43rd birthday. Bought a used Vision to get my legs in shape (diamond frame my whole life) for my enclosed bent trike.

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    I am 42 and bought my first bent this year, an EZ sport lmtd. I loved it so much I bought my wife the EZ 3 for our anniversery and then my soon to be 12 year old asked for a SWB for her birthday this year. She's now riding a Lightning Thunderbolt. The next purchase will be the EZ Tandem so my 9 year old daughter can join in.

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    Age demographics in other countries?

    I've seen other similar polls that always seem to place American bent riders typically in the 50+ age group (I'm 51). In contrast, European bent median age appears to be 20 years younger, and in Japan, under 25 is the typical bent rider age. I've not seen polls from Europe nor Japan, mind you, but my conclusions come from numerous comments from bent folks in those regions that post their thoughts on other recumbent message boards.

    Perhaps, our cultural heritage for adventure and independent thinking carries on into latter years more so than in the "old countries"? Then again, if we Americans are so fun-loving and free-spirited, why aren't our younger folk more inclined to recumbents like their breathren elsewhere seem to be? Some interesting subject matter for cultural-sociological research, no?
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    Age of bent riders

    I was curious about this, too, esp since when I was shopping for a bent bike I noticed I was always the youngest in the store (32), besides when I took my kids with ... I don't think most bikers my age are ready/willing/motivated to make the leap to a bent. Looks like there's some others in my demographic out there, though. I'm a dedicated (decent weather) commuter, and switching has been so much more comfortable, and probably better for my physical health than a DF in the long run.

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    I purchased my first bent, an EZ sport that is supposed to be a 2006 model at a yard sale 2 years ago on the fourth of July. I will be 39 this september. I had been looking at them for a while because I have a bad gut (Chron's disease) and I was starting to get sick leaning forward riding the mt. bike I have.

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    I bought my first 'bent at 37 years of age and just turned 40 12 days ago. I have a new lowracer to celebrate my new decade.
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    Why do you need a poll? Can't you just tell their age by the length of their beards?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
    Why do you need a poll? Can't you just tell their age by the length of their beards?
    But my beard is only a seasonal thing. Does that mean I get younger in the spring and summer?
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    Oh and I'm 32 and have been riding 'bent for 3 years.
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    50 now. Started riding bents a little more than a year ago.

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    In just a few months I can change that zero in the 70 age group to a 1. I got a ez3 sx to keep my rans rocket company. I like the ez3 a lot better. No balance is not a problem but the rocket is a little touchy.
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    Want 'bent about 4 years ago at 44. I never considered a recumbent until lower back problems made df bikes unbearable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
    Why do you need a poll? Can't you just tell their age by the length of their beards?
    Most of us women don't have beards

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    I havn't had a beard since about 1977. I made an Easyracer from their plans in 1983. I have not looked down since.
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    Looking at the original poll, I see zero bent riders 70+. From which I conclude that if you ride a recumbent, you won't live past 70. Sad.
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    I had to vote honestly and that put me in the 60-69 bracket, but next month I will be 70. Have been riding bents for 5 years since switching from DF. Every time I ride I ask myself why I didn't switch sooner. Maybe I finally got wisdom?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
    Why do you need a poll? Can't you just tell their age by the length of their beards?
    Hmm... my cheeks and chin are baby smooth, yet I some how doubt I'm under the age of puberty. I think that would shock my hubby.

    I was 36 when I got my 'bent.

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