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  1. #26
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    Everybody knows that bents can't do hills. Why, just watch all the poor recumbent riders walking up every hill on all those invitational rides! And SWBs - they're just plain squirrely. On top of that, a gray beard and a pot belly are required. Yep, ya gotta be either crazy or disabled to ride a bent.

    On the plus side, you can ride in sandals, baggy shorts, and a hemp shirt.
    hey! I resemble that last line, bro!
    which is why I have a trike, in the Rocky Mountains (West Virginia? we call those hills speedbumps.)

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    Portland Fred banerjek's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elkhound View Post
    You may be right. Assuming I can find a LWB owner who will let me try his machine.
    What's Charleston WV like? I think bents climb pretty well, but I worked on a project in Morgantown WV a few years back.

    Holy carp! No way I'd take a bent on those hills. I don't know what the grade is, but some parts are hard enough to walk up -- there are places where I'm sure I'd have to stand on my racing bike even if I mounted crazy low gears.

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    I agree with most of what everyone else said about getting used to it. Once that happens, you'll always want to ride the bent. The other day, it was raining, and not wanting to get my expensive recumbent mucked up, I rode the old mountain bike. One day of that was enough.
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  4. #29
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    Quote Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
    What's Charleston WV like? I think bents climb pretty well, but I worked on a project in Morgantown WV a few years back.

    Holy carp! No way I'd take a bent on those hills. I don't know what the grade is, but some parts are hard enough to walk up -- there are places where I'm sure I'd have to stand on my racing bike even if I mounted crazy low gears.
    Charleston is built at the bottom of a deep, narrow river valley. While there is a lot of flat on either side of the river, as the city has grown it has moved up the hills. There are a lot of long, steep grades. There are a lot more of grades that aren't all that steep, but are long, and grades that are not long, but are almost vertical (even cars labor on them).

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