Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Bismarck, ND
Bikes: Modified Burley Koosah, Trek Navigater folding, downtube folding
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My back related problems forced me into a bent, although I have to admit that if I could get a back transplant tomorrow, I'd still go bent. The only exception might be off road mountain biking, but in my opinion recumbents have far too many health and comfort benefits to force me back to uprights.
Entry level bents are higher priced that entry level uprights, but you can at last emotionally justify their costs to yourself and definitely to your spouse on their health benefits.
I've been in the medical field all my life, and looking at back probelsm as objectively as I can, I firmly believe that at least for me a recumbent bike is the ONLY thing that has helped my back troubles, and I've tried everything and then some - various drugs, massage therapy, chiropractic manipulation, physiotherapy, accupuncture, hypnosis, surgery X 2 including a fusion, epidural steroid injections, bottles of health food supplements that supposedly help back troubles, swimming, and probably a bunch of other stuff that I'm forgetting about. iIwas telling my accountant that at tax time and he said that if it was that good I should get my doctor to write a prescription for a recumbent bike and put it in as a medical expense! He was serious and thought that in the worst possible scenario they could disallow it, but with as powerful an argument that I seemed to have he thought they might consider it legitimate.
I didn't write it off, but now that spring is here and I can get back on it and feel so good with it with medical costs for NSAID's and epidural steroids plummeting becasue of bent riding, maybe he is correct in that it would be a very legitimate expense.
Not that I'm trying to give you tax advice, but the fact that I suspect it would be great for any back problems you might have would make me think that if you try one you will see what I mean about justifying the expense.