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Old 06-13-04, 01:57 PM   #1
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Have you Centuried on a Bent?

Have you done a Century, Metric, Double or just a long ride on a bent? What was the experience as compared to riding a standard style road bike?

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Old 06-13-04, 02:03 PM   #2
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Much more comfortable at the end on the bent. Also you can see the terrain and
scenery much better on a bent. Unless I know the century to be extremely hilly
(long hills, not short ones) I use the bent. Since I split my riding about 50/50 bent
and DF, this may be in part deconditioning of neck muscles and the crotch from
spending so much time on the bent. Steve
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Yes to a full century & a metric century. Several in fact. Going to do a century next weekend. I'd say the experience is better on a 'bent, then on a wedgie. For one the scenery is better viewed & my body does not feel as "beat up" or stressed out compared to doing a century on a wedgie. IMO it is better to do a century on a 'bent, then a wedgie. Of course I also think it is better to ride a 'bent no matter what anyway.
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On the bents tandem and single, Centuries (13+), Metric (lost count) and Double (219 miles) I much perfer the bents for any long rides, better view and I dont get saddle sore like I did on my DFs
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Completed my first "official" century last weekend on a road bike. Of all the many people that passed by me one was a bent of maybe his own design.

By mile 75, I imagined a mesh seat might feel pretty good. What is the deal with climbing on a bent is it harder, or just harder for long climbs? And what is a "DF" I'm new to cycling culture.

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DF = Diamond frame, a.k.a. "wedgie" ("regular" bike)
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Have you done a Century, Metric, Double or just a long ride on a bent? What was the experience as compared to riding a standard style road bike?

Yes to the centuries and metrics. The difference is you can get off and walk afterwards without feeling like your crack is on fire, your neck is broken, and your triceps will never heal. Other than that, it's the same thing.
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Completed my first "official" century last weekend on a road bike. Of all the many people that passed by me one was a bent of maybe his own design.

By mile 75, I imagined a mesh seat might feel pretty good. What is the deal with climbing on a bent is it harder, or just harder for long climbs? And what is a "DF" I'm new to cycling culture.

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Climbing on a 'bent is not harder! I wish people would stop believing that myth. I am not saying you believe it, but it is a myth. Climbing hills on a 'bent is just a little slower, because you have to gear down and spin, or you can hurt your knees. A person riding a recumbent can not stand up while riding, nor do they have the same power to weight ratio as a person does on a wedgie because the legs are not underneath. Yes this is one of the disadvantages of riding a recumbent. But I gladly trade that for the many, many advantages.

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Yup! I agree. I would venture to say that climbing on my bent definately is easier than on my road bike. The low gear on the road bike are too tall for my liking and I can't spin at a decent cadence so sometimes I have to stand up and grind. Yes the bent is a bit slower in a climb but what you lose in the climb you more than make up for in the downhills and flats. And the best part, NO MORE PAIN! Since I got my bent the road bike hasn't even been out of the garage!

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Sure, metric and otherwise. Comfort is one of the best thing bents have over upright bikes. I got off the bike after 6 hours on the seat with no problems apart from tired legs. Could I do the same thing on a road bike...probably but only after acclimatizing to the road bike...there was no need to do so for my bent. Just get on and go. As others have said, the view is much better too. For the ultimate in trouble free centries, trikes are great, good for hauling big loads too.
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Have you done a Century, Metric, Double or just a long ride on a bent? What was the experience as compared to riding a standard style road bike?

5 times the Death Ride on a recumbent. 4 times on my old Vision, and last time on my Baccetta Aero.

This year I've done the Death Valley Century.
The Wildflower Century.
The Grizzly Peak Century.
My own Mt. Hamilton Double Metric tour.


Love it. I feel human at the end, not a ball of pain.
http://www.deathride.com/

Also I just rode Sonora pass last weekend to train for the Death Ride. It's really steep (23%), so much for bents not climbing.
Great pics on this website.
http://www.chainreactionbicycles.com/diary.htm
http://www.chainreactionbicycles.com...s_overview.htm
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Have you done a Century, Metric, Double or just a long ride on a bent? What was the experience as compared to riding a standard style road bike?

I wouldn't ride a century on a standard road bike anymore. For me its not comfortable or fast enough.
Maybe for rides up to 30 miles or so I would take the road bike.
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Make that 6 Death Rides on a recumbent. 2 X on the Aero, and 4 times on the Vision.

Just completed the 2004 Death Ride this past Saturday. Yea Baby. 5 passes.
50 mph decents. 129 miles, 16,000 ft of climb.
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Have you done a Century, Metric, Double or just a long ride on a bent? What was the experience as compared to riding a standard style road bike?
I have done a metric. In a word: painless
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I have done a metric. In a word: painless
I think there is a little being left out here. About 3 years ago I attempted my first Century in Springfield IL a few weeks after I purchased my Ti rush. There were what I consider some killer hills in the course where I did hit about 37 mph downhill and I was riding the brakes.

I think what has been left out is how painless the ride is has to do with proper riding technique and proper conditioning. I am 47 years old and I have had 4 back surgeries. Riding a Bent is the only way I can really ride a bicycle because of my phyical condition. I know I have a tendancy to push myself very hard, and because riding a bent is much more comfortable, I think people have a tendancy to push themselves harder at times. So I will never tell someone that Bent riding it painless. Sorry to be contrary here but I think you have to prepare and condition yourself to ride a Bent in a century just as you would on a wedgie. You can end up with recumbent butt and knee problems. The weather is also something that can effect you. Lets not leave out the fact that leg cramps do happen and it is very important to hydrate to help prevent this but hydration alone will not prevent it. So if you attempt a century on a bent or any other kind of bike, I strongly suggest that you take some of this into consideration.

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