The Recycled Cycler
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Drop Height Between Seat and BB on a Tour Easy TE - An Advantage ?
I just noticed something. On a lwb recumbent, they vary significantly in the drop or difference in height between bb and seat.
I have been test riding a Bacchetia Bellandare. The drop is only about 5" or less per specs.
A RANS Stratus LE is about 6", although it looks like bigger in pics.
BUT - A Tour Easy is a full 9" drop difference between seat and bb.
Coming from a df road bike, I would think that the pedaling action on a TE would be more similar to a df roadie than the RANS Stratus LE or a Bacchetia Bellandare because the drop is 4" or more longer than those brands.
That should mean - on a TE - you're actually pushing down more than you would on the others compared to pushing straight or more vertical with the other 2.
Is this correct? If so, should it ride more naturally like a df road bike? You'd feel like you're pushing vertical and down, rather than just vertically? Thus uses muscles and action more similar to a df road bike?
And the BIG question I am asking is - if this is true - is this good or bad? What characteristics do ya notice when the drop (bb to seat) is less or more on different lwb recumbents? Does it significantly change the riding characteristics?