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Recumbent What IS that thing?! Recumbents may be odd looking, but they have many advantages over a "wedgie" bicycle. Discuss the in's and out's recumbent lifestyle in the recumbent forum.

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Old 06-09-04, 08:22 AM   #1
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Why?

Why do you ride recumbants?
Comfort?
To Be Different?
Any advantage to recumbants?
Do You have a flag? (because they aren't as visible)
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Old 06-09-04, 10:15 AM   #2
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Hi,

Recumbents offer advantages and disadvantages. First, after you develop new muscle groups, they are as fast, or faster than a road bike on the flats and down hills. Headwinds bother you less. You have a "heads up" view of the traffic and what is going on around you. They are COMFORTABLE. I switched because I couldn't stand the road bike for more than 15 minutes before my hands would go numb. I can now ride for hours with no pain. In fact, I've just started some limited commuting to work, something I would not have been able to do on the road bike. Other vehicles on the road seem to tolerate your presence better. And mostly BECAUSE THEY ARE A BLAST TO RIDE. For me it put the fun back in cycling. As far as weight goes my 'bent weighs about 10 pounds more than my road bike, but the extra weight is really not noticeable, even on the hills, thanks to good gearing. I use a rear view mirror which is pretty much standard equipment since you can't really turn your head easily to look back. I have a flag that I've set to the required height so it is visible to the drivers of SUVs. They are not hard to ride, just different. You have to learn to really relax, and forget just about all of your roadie instincts. The balance is achieved through steering. The only real roadie skill that is real usefull is spinning. When climbing you gear down and spin. For fun you might want to do a web search on recumbents then check out a dealer near you for a test ride. There are many types and styles to choose from. I ride a compact long wheelbase Rans Tailwind. It works for me.

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I ride a recumbent trike because I have steel knees and the doctor said NOT to ride a bicycle. I have TWO flags and a slow moving vehicle sign on the back of the trike...I'm having a ball.
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I ride a recumbent trike because I have steel knees and the doctor said NOT to ride a bicycle. I have TWO flags and a slow moving vehicle sign on the back of the trike...I'm having a ball.
Beatle,

What can I say? 'BENTS of any kind RULE!

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Because they are FUN and comfortable...I also ride a MTB, road, and comfort bike!

Go and try out some recumbent bikes...you might like them!
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Why do you ride recumbants?
Comfort?
To Be Different?
Any advantage to recumbants?
Do You have a flag? (because they aren't as visible)
I rode bicycles regularly for 70 years and just switched to recumbent recently. Yes, comfort is the main reason. I used to ride fullsus mountain bikes and road bikes which I had numb hands after 40 minutes. With my Revive I could ride for hours. I like the sitting position of the Revive where I look at the birds and other views instead of my front wheel. I think it is safer than road or mountain bike. I can always put my feet on the ground. I have my lights on night and day, no flag. My Revive is 60% heavier than my Klein Performance but never mind, I shall never turn back to road or mtb again.
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Wow! I had no idea they were so comfortable. I mostly shuttle my mountain bike and do some urban...but I was looking for something different to build some endurance...and the lycra crowd isn't really my speed. It seems like I can wear my camo baggies on a recumbant and not be "judged" by not having "some Euro Team" Jersey!
2 steel knees BB!!....WOW!! Can you get soem Titanium upgrades
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check out this website...you'll learn a whole lot more...www.bentrideronline.com
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Wow! I had no idea they were so comfortable. I mostly shuttle my mountain bike and do some urban...but I was looking for something different to build some endurance...and the lycra crowd isn't really my speed. It seems like I can wear my camo baggies on a recumbant and not be "judged" by not having "some Euro Team" Jersey!
2 steel knees BB!!....WOW!! Can you get soem Titanium upgrades

Yup that's right! Grab some comfy clothes and go riding. No lycra, no jerseys, just nice comfy clothes. Unless you go hard core you won't even need cycling shoes. You can fit up toe clips or as I've done, Power Grip straps. Tennis shoes or even sandals will work. Wear socks though so the straps or clips don't chew on your toes. Just watch how baggy the clothes are you wear. They can find the chain and get grease on them or worse.

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Same reason I ski and ice skate and bike and canoe and kayak: variety. I like the position on my fast-wedgie when I want to ride fast and hard. I like the postion on my hybrid tandem when I want to ride with my wife. I like the position on my English three-speed when I want that "country gentleman" feel. And I like the position on my semi-'bent when I commute. I feel more in contact with other traffic in this position, even moreso than in a very upright position on a hybrid wedgie.

Visibility? I'm only a coupla inches lower than I am on my wedgie. The added length/wheelbase and the "novelty" factor make up in visibility what I lose in height.

I def. like the full-size drive wheel. My first 'bent is/was (haven't sold it yet) an Easy Racers EZ-1. Yeah, I know; heavy, cheap bike, but the 20" rear wheel just made it feel slow. The mechanical advantage of a 26" rear wheel, combined with gearing comparable to my hybrids, just feels right for commuting.

Oh, and it fits in my bike locker! I haven't tried a SWB in it yet, but my EZ-1 didn't fit, and a Linear USS CLWB didn't either. I don't think a SWB full-on recumbent, even a USS, would fit, because of the boom.
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