Just because it is fun? Isn't that a sufficient reason? I enjoy racing, even though I don't win too much. I still like it and I do the best time I can.
And by the way, I was just over in the road cycling forum. A guy was asking for advice about penis numbness on his road bike. Someone recommended a recumbent but that was immediately disdained as a cry for help?
I have never understood the anti recumbent ranting. I have ridden many bikes, have never not had a bike, and I have enjoyed them all. I began riding recumbents because they are so cool. Why different geometry makes a difference is a bit of mystery, at least to me. So, I guess I just don't care what those boyos think.
Anyway race on mates, I hope to see you guys on the starting line.
'Tis true, I go way faster on my lowracer than I ever did on my wedgie. Faster is ALWAYS better!
These lowracers can get up to a good speed
point the road up a bit. see where the race is then. check and mate
the internet is the death of many things.
Take them off-road and they slow down a bit too. On the other hand, they have the advantage on flats, downhills, tailwinds and headwinds. IOW, everywhere that ISN'T pointing up. DFs are optimized for climbing but they suck everywhere else.
However, if we're talking alpe d'huez, then yes, I'll lose.
Talking of going uphill.....How much does someting like an Optima Baron weigh ? Having ridden with a guy on one I must say i was very impressed with its speed on the flat.
They're about 27 pounds, give or take. They will weigh less with the carbon seat and rim brakes. And the OEM seat pad weighs a bundle; so replacing it with a zotefoam pad really helps. I've seen them weight-weenied down to 20 pounds, but I wouldn't want to ride it that way on a tour.
I dunno how you could get a baron down to 20. I had mine full carbon except for crank and front fork. Add a hollow chain to that and you're talking 23.5. How could you get it any lighter?
The "RAO Speedwagon" team did that a couple years ago in Race Across Oregon. Two days, 508 miles, 50,000 feet of climbing, and a finish 6,000 feet higher than the start. Read about it:
Obviously, Scuzzy was just trolling. He's probably never even *seen* a recumbent before, so he's just talking out his @ss. Like some guys Chris and I, um, 'gave the demo' on RAGBRAI last week, he has no idea.
I tried to make a point of greeting the recumbent riders I saw, although I wasn't always able to due to traffic or speed difference.