Join Date: May 2005
Location: Flagstaff, AZ
Bikes: Marin Pt. Reyes, Gary Fisher HiFi Pro, Easy Racers Gold Rush recumbent, Cannondale F600
Haven't tried putting a recumbent on a bus rack yet, but here are my thoughts from putting lots of DF bikes on bus racks:
-Some municipalities don't allow recumbents on their bus racks... check for this.
-Even some SWB recumbents might have too long of a wheelbase to work on the racks. Metro here in Seattle, for example, limits the bike wheelbase to 46" or less.
-The racks are designed for DF bikes, which are often narrower than recumbents. If there's more than one bike on the rack, it may be tough to squeeze a recumbent in if it has a rather wide mesh seat like my Vision VR40.
-Although the bus racks work fine with 20" wheels (see lots of BMX bikes on them), I would put the rack arm over the larger rear wheel would hold a recumbent more securely.
Right now I can't put my Vision on a bus rack because its front wheel is too small (16") and it has a rack and fender over the rear wheel, no place to hook the rack arm. I may be wrong, but I suspect most transit agencies require that the rack arm has to go over one of the wheels.