I've got a question for the recumbent riders, and I'll be asking the roadies as well, probably.
I keep hearing that recumbents can go super-fast and outrun standard bikes easily. I'm guessing this is because of the leg position, sitting back and pushing your legs forward instead of pushing downward.
But I've also been told that the new 'forward foot position' comfort bikes are not efficient. A prime example of this is the Electra Townie.
Wouldn't that position be a sort of compromise between an upright and a recumbent, and if my supposition about recumbent efficiency is true, shouldn't these be more efficient than standard bikes where you bend forward and pedal downwards?