Another New To Recumbet Cycling Questions
First off is their a Recumbent FAQ I am not aware of. Link it please if so.
I have no idea what sparked this interest in Recumbents but the idea came knocking on my head a few days ago. I have been checking them out all over the net since. I am a pretty avid cyclist. I own a Masi road bike. I don't need a Recumbent for my back or anything. I am interested in them because they look so damn cool, comfortable and fun! I also classify myself as the out of the box type of guy. I am a guy with long hair half way down my back. I drive a Scion XB (the toaster box car). I am just an out of the ordinary type.
I see some acronyms on these fourms and I don't know what they mean. Can you tell me please.
This is a big question. What should I consider when choosing between a two wheeled recumbent and a three wheeled recumbent? I kind of am leaning towards a racing style close to the ground three wheeled.
I like to go fast on my upright road bicycle. On every ride I go over 30mph sometimes 40mph and 50 mph. Is it as safe to go as fast on a recumbent?
If I were to spend the money I would maybe be in the range of spending $1000 to $1500. Can you get a quality new recumbent for this price? If so recomend me some brands and makes. Their are not any dealers in Reno, NV but their are in Sacramento which is only two hours away.
Here in Reno, NV their is no way to avoid hills. Can a recumbent climb anything if you are in the right shape? Last year I got about 1300 miles on my road bicycle over 5 months. I am in good shape. When climbing hills I actually spend 95% of my time seated and don't prefer to stand.
I was looking at the Sun Bicycle EZ Tad. What do you think of these recumbents?
Not necessarily downhill!!
One of Chicago's big rides is "Bike the Drive", where Mayor Daley allows Lake Shore Drive to be closed to all but bikes for a few hours. At the inaugural BTD, Ed Gin rode with the police sweep car at the start of the ride, did the 30 miles in 1 hr. 3 min., he must have been 52 or 53 at the time and a Tyoe 2 diabetic. This was on his NoCom - Ed is a racer, but not a pro - he has a life and kids that take up time. Last summer at the Northbrook Velodrome recumbent races, Warren Beauchamp was turning 40 - 41 mph laps in his 'Cuda streamliner. These are very fast, fit riders, to be sure, riding bikes that are far from street rides. Earl Russell reported to me at the Folks on Spokes Easter Ride that he was able to maintain about a 22 - 23 mph average on his TiRush. Earl likes to bill himself as "Old, fat, slow, bald and cute" and I can only vouch for the old and bald part as truth. Oh, and Warren has clocked a 54.something mph run(s) at Battle Mountain, Sam Whittingham at over 83 mph on his Varna. Streamliners, elite riders, record holders, breakers.
Originally Posted by dlharrison
Most of the fast trike riders can maintain 15 - 18 mph for long periods. I can, on a good day maintain 16 mph and I am old, fat, slow and an insulin dependant diabetic. Ok, so I am losing some hair, too, but not much.