Hi, I'm interested in buying one of those new hybrid sitting bikes, a cross between a recumbent and a regular bike.
I spoke with a friend of mine who regularly goes on biking vacations in France with a regular bike. He thought that a recumbent wouldn't be suitable for very steep hills. He's telling me that you really need to stand and lean forward to get the maximum amount of power to go mountains or very steep hills. Is there any truth to this?
The hybrid bike I'm looking to buy to similar to the Giant Revive. I'm looking at a Gazelle, a Dutch brand, which is only offered in 8 speeds at the moment. Since most of my biking is in flat Holland, 8 speeds is more than enough. If you guys can take on steep hills with 21 or 24 gears, I might consider waiting until Gazelle offers more models with more options and then use on vacations in France.
So, do you guys take on mountains in your recumbents?