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    Am I the only girl who rides a recumbent?

    I have never seen another female on one. Can't decide if that is cool or not.

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    I have never only seen one girl on recumbent, but I never thought about it until now...

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    Yes, you are the only one (if you are a girl). However, maybe another girl will want to try it if she sees you riding yours. So be alert to that possibility, okay?

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    Both of the organized rides I've attended (a Critical Mass I went to in Albany and a local family ride) had women riding recumbents. One was on a Rans LWB and one was on a Bike E.

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    I've seen lots of women on recumbents. Want to learn about more of them contact the Hostel Shoppe in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Talk to Jessie Bostic, one of the sales people there. She would be glad to talk with you about women on recumbents.

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    I thought one had to have a beard to ride a recumbent!

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    Have seen girls/females riding 'bents, trikes, tandems and unicycles . . .
    Maybe you should get out more often?!

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    I've been riding my recumbent trike since '06. Last year as I had a cycle race go past me in the opposite direction, there were 4 'bent bikes participating and two of the riders were female. So, nope. Not the only one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zonatandem View Post
    Have seen girls/females riding 'bents, trikes, tandems and unicycles . . .
    Maybe you should get out more often?!
    Ditto. The Midwest Recumbent Rally held in Stevens Point, WI every year is highly populated with women. check out the picture galleries from previous years.

    http://www.hostelshoppe.com/gallery/
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    One of the requirements for riding a bent is a beard, which limits all but a small segment of the female population...and all Italian women, like my sisters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
    One of the requirements for riding a bent is a beard, which limits all but a small segment of the female population...and all Italian women, like my sisters.
    Well, there is that, too.
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    There's not a lot of females that ride bikes at all, in my area. Maybe 2% are women. Then figure that recumbents are much less than 1% of all bikes....

    I know of two local people with bents; one is female.
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    I've noticed that a lot of people who have tried mine (male and female) seemed embarassed to be seen riding it. So for some people it takes a bit more courage than a normal bike.
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    They are probably put off by the helmet with the propeller on top.
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    Women

    My 12 year old daughter rides a Rans Tailwind and my wife rides a Stratus.

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    I think cycling in general is something like 2:1 or 3:1 men:women anyway, and women are an even smaller percentage of recumbent riders; but they're out there. There's at least a dozen women 'bent riders in my club.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKXray View Post
    My 12 year old daughter rides a Rans Tailwind and my wife rides a Stratus.
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    The MS150 "Escape To The Lake" ride this weekend there was a woman riding a catrike. Not sure of the model but it did look comfortable and fun.
    "No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place." - Zen saying.

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    My wife rides a BikeE CT

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    I've ridden three different types of recumbent. And if you go to the PBP there are several women who ride them there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay D View Post
    If I met a recumbent riding girl, I would definitely ask for her number!
    I did the opposite. I got her number, started dating. I got a recumbent and let her try it out, and then I had to get her one, too. After riding together for a couple years, we got married.

    Our 17th anniversary is coming up in July- we'll be starting out on TourBC just then.

    There's a fair number of female 'bent riders in the Portland area- but that probably reflects that there's gazillions of cyclists of all types. The Easy Rider Recumbent Club magazine is put out by the mother & daughter team of Connie McAyeal and Laurie Smith. Coventry Cycles was recently bought by Marilyn Hayward, which may make it the only female-owned, recumbent-specializing bike shop in the U.S.
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    I know PLENTY. Including several incredile athletes like Tonya Markham and Sara Kay. Bent participation vaies from state to state, more in the midwest than anywhere. What state are you in? We might be able to push you to a club.

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    Went to a church event and one of the ladies asked to try my RANS Stratus...I forgot to push the seat forward a little for her, she still liked the feel of it. I am hoping to convince more people that I am not "laying down" on my recumbent.

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    When I'm out riding rail trails and MUPs, I've encountered a few women riding bents. I'd say that about 25% of the people I've seen on bents have been women.
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    My wife is the stoker on our Screamer tandem recumbent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hannahmontana View Post
    I have never seen another female on one. Can't decide if that is cool or not.

    My wife is the stoker on our EZ Tandem, and pilots her own Sun X-1. My daughter has rides my EZ Sport when she visits. I see several women on 'bents around town.

    You're in good company.

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