Sitting upright for tight turns and bumps
I'm starting my third month on a recumbent (AB HiRacer), using it daily for commuting and for other occassions. I recently found out, and am currently experimenting with, a technique to take sharp turns as well as going over bumps such as found in grass, dirt paths, etc... It consists to sit more upright. I guess this concerns 'European recumbents' (eg. Challenge, Optima, etc... in which the rider is more laying down than sitting squarely). If it's then possible to pedal and steer while being upright then it's possible, I found, to achieve much more steep turns like closed angle turns (providing the heel of the shoe is tossed on the side). It also helps going over bumps on suspensionless bikes as there's less of an incentive for the front wheel to jump, control is more easy to keep, and the bumps simply are not bumping in the back.
So I'll be adding this technique more and more as opportunities to do so happens. I guess there's nothing new with this, as I've seen it on some videos from France (Optima bikes on downhill singletracks with roots) and surely it is well-known. It's a nice technique to have.