Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Vancouver, BC
Bikes: 2007 ICE Trice T; 2008 Brompton M6L; 2009 Surly LHT; 2010 Surly Cross Check
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Learning: 26/20, 20/20, hi-racer?
A while ago, on tour, with a lot of unpleasantness in my wrists, neck, and back, I used some (OK, a lot) money to experiment with recumbents. I ended up finishing the last 500 miles of my tour on a lovely ICE Trice T, one of my best transportation experiences in any mode.
In between, I rather badly failed to learn to ride a 26/26 hi-racer (a Volae, very lovely machine). Just couldn't get used to the creepy sensation of having my feet up above my center of gravity.
It all turned out for the best, I think, but I'd still like to enjoy the fun, fast 2-wheelers out there. It seems to me a 26/20, or even a 20/20 like the RANS Rocket, might be less intimidating. Obviously the main ingredients are time and patience, but I'm wondering if anyone has any informed opinion about what's easiest to learn on? Thanks.
edit: I'm 5'11", and could just get a foot on the ground on the Volae. My x-seam is (I think, from memory) 36".
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