Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 19 of 19

Thread: Recumbent Speed

  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    16
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Recumbent Speed

    I've wanted a faster bike for some time now, but I'm torn between a traditional road bike or hybrid. If I got a recumbent, it would probably be a trike like the Terra Trike. My question is, on fairly level ground what kind of speed can you expect to cruise at for extended periods on a trike like that? Thanks for you help.

    Steve

  2. #2
    Galveston County Texas 10 Wheels's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    In The Wind
    Posts
    25,544
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    What kind of motor would you put on it?
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI

  3. #3
    Recumbent Ninja
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Posts
    2,136
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Honestly, some trikes with the right rider can hit and maintain soem good speed, but that same person would go significantly faster on two wheels of whatever flavor. A hybrid would be comparable speed to a trike in most cases and a road bike faster. A good swb bent faster still.

  4. #4
    low and laid back atom bomb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Newton, MA
    My Bikes
    'bent hi-racer, 'bent trike, folder, road bike, longtail cargo bike
    Posts
    130
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by quercus View Post
    My question is, on fairly level ground what kind of speed can you expect to cruise at for extended periods on a trike like that?
    "fairly level", "cruise", "extended periods" ...... since you are not looking for hard science here....

    I can tell you that on a Catrike Road (tadpole trike, aluminum frame, 406 wheels, 35 degree angle seat, about 31 lbs....) I average about 1-2 mph faster than my lightweight road bike on a 25 mile ride over rolling terrain. Same effort (by HRM averages, anyway...) High racer (SWB, steel, 26 lbs, 25 degree seat angle) averages are 1-2 mph faster still.
    Atom Bomb

  5. #5
    slofla zdrifter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    TreasureCoast
    My Bikes
    Several
    Posts
    41
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by quercus View Post
    I've wanted a faster bike for some time now, but I'm torn between a traditional road bike or hybrid. If I got a recumbent, it would probably be a trike like the Terra Trike. My question is, on fairly level ground what kind of speed can you expect to cruise at for extended periods on a trike like that? Thanks for you help.

    Steve
    You may want to do some browsing here .. this link sends you to the BentRiders Online Trike forum where there's lots of discussion on trikes and speed .. the consensus there seems to be that the Catrike 700 is one of the fastest trikes (there are others close, but not TerraTrikes).

    You "wanted a faster bike for some time now" .. but I see this lots and wonder why folks do this ...

    perhaps they are riding with a 'fast group' .. if you are a trike is not a good choice it seems ..

    perhaps they ride with friends and want to keep up or keep ahead .. a discussion with the fellow rider friends might help in ride choice ..

    But, it seems wanting a faster bike just to be 'faster' may not be satisfying in the end
    .. the motor is the real determiner and people can be 'fast' on most anything
    ... seems they make different bikes/trikes for different folks and reasons
    ... want to ride with the fast guys? .. get a road bike
    .... want utility with trips around the neighborhood or to the store .. 'prolly a hybrid is best
    ... want to be really fast .. "Sam Whittingham has set a new record at Battle Mountain with a speed of 82.43 mph" this week on a custom recumbent.

    The short of it seems to be examine what you will do with the new ride and choose accordingly .. or not

    Cheers
    Started out with nothing .. almost got that paid for

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Hartland, WI
    Posts
    94
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If you want to go "fast" check out the Baccetta high racer recumbents. They will totally blow away all trikes and many road bikes, Trikes are not traditionally considered "faster" than a two wheel bent. Yes go to the trike section of bentrideronline.com and you'll see this.

  7. #7
    Senior Member gcottay's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Green Valley AZ
    My Bikes
    Trice Q; Volae Century; TT 3.4
    Posts
    3,772
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    What are you now riding? At what speed do you now cruise?
    George
    Laissez les bon temps rouler

  8. #8
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Palo Alto
    Posts
    9
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    why why why a trike? i'm so confused why anyone would want a trike unless he has a balance issue. A high racer bacchetta will get you around 5mph faster once you get your legs in shape for riding that position. I'm a serious x roadie with 9 years of racing road and track. Too old now to want to bother racing but I made the switch a few months ago and now my 2006 Madone is gathering dust. I've tried to go back but for what. The view the speed the comfort all superior on a recumbent. As far as a trike i personally would miss the lean into corners way too much. Its like riding in a car. flat in corners and way way too low to the ground if you ever end up between cars in traffic

  9. #9
    Senior Member gcottay's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Green Valley AZ
    My Bikes
    Trice Q; Volae Century; TT 3.4
    Posts
    3,772
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by efetch View Post
    why why why a trike? i'm so confused why . . .
    Strange you would find yourself so confused. It's simple. Some of us enjoy riding trikes. I happen to enjoy both two wheels and three.

    Does that help?
    George
    Laissez les bon temps rouler

  10. #10
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    16
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by gcottay View Post
    What are you now riding? At what speed do you now cruise?
    I ride an old steel frame Ross. I guess it would be a hybrid, or maybe a mountain bike. I got it quite a few years ago from a second-hand store. I've outfitted it to commute to work; the gear I've put on it adds up to more than the original cost of the bike. On flat terrain I can average 12-14 mph.

  11. #11
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    16
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by gcottay View Post
    Strange you would find yourself so confused. It's simple. Some of us enjoy riding trikes. I happen to enjoy both two wheels and three.

    Does that help?
    Yes, it does. I'll probably end up with more than one bike; just got to find the room to store them, after I find the money to buy them.

  12. #12
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    16
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Just got back from vacation in West Virginia. Lots of good info from people with experience. Thats what makes Bike Forums so great. Thanks to everyone for the terrific insights.

  13. #13
    Senior Member palmersperry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Scotland
    My Bikes
    Focus Culebro, Corratec X-Vert Motion & Bacchetta Giro26
    Posts
    88
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by jeffh129 View Post
    If you want to go "fast" check out the Baccetta high racer recumbents. They will totally blow away all trikes and many road bikes, Trikes are not traditionally considered "faster" than a two wheel bent. Yes go to the trike section of bentrideronline.com and you'll see this.
    Bacchetta's are indeed great bikes, but if the OP lives in Europe then I would have to advise against them simply because their European distributor (CycleCentric) is so bad at their job - 2 months (with no communication about what was going on) to get some replacement parts after a crash, and then they shipped the wrong ones is my experience ...

    Conversely, from what I've heard, in Northern America Bacchetta is so good at that kind of situation it seems like the parts arrive almost before you've put the phone down!

  14. #14
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    near Olympia Washington
    My Bikes
    Merckx Team SC, Merckx ti with a lot of miles, Cannondale T1000, Tandem Tuesday
    Posts
    104
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Expect to pay for speed, too. My carbent high racer is not cheap but boy does it move. It weighs less than 18 pounds. Expect some relearning how to ride, time. once you get the technical issues down, it is fast. Everyone I've met with a trike loves their ride. But is speed their main desire? probably not.I live in an area with some shoulders and a lot without. Does that effect a persons choice?

  15. #15
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    16
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by papawizo View Post
    Everyone I've met with a trike loves their ride. But is speed their main desire? probably not.I live in an area with some shoulders and a lot without. Does that effect a persons choice?
    Good Points. My wife and I were just now discussing the pro's and con's of two-wheeled bent vs. trike, and concluded that the choice probably depends on wether speed or just the ride is more important. Our current area has a lot of road with shoulder, but some without, Thanks for your thoughts.

  16. #16
    Senior Member LWB_guy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    296
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    That is very light for a DF bike.

    papawizo,
    what kind of Carbent do you have that only weighs 18# ?

  17. #17
    Senior Member BlazingPedals's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Middle of da Mitten
    My Bikes
    Trek 7500, RANS V-Rex, Optima Baron, Velokraft NoCom, M-5 Carbon Highracer, homebuilt recumbent
    Posts
    7,159
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The confusing part of this is that quercus is looking at a trike as an upgrade in the speed department. Normally 'trike' and 'speed' are mutually exclusive words, although in fairness maybe some trikes are faster than mountain bikes. I seem to remember that Wizwheels used to claim 3 mph speed improvement over a standard road bike, but I just don't see how. For speed, you should stick to 2-wheelers.

  18. #18
    Recumbent Ninja
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Posts
    2,136
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by LWB_guy View Post
    papawizo,
    what kind of Carbent do you have that only weighs 18# ?
    That would be all of them. Mine weighs right under 18 even with q-rings. Ac compact double can get you very close to 17 flat. I think one was even built slightly sub-17.

  19. #19
    Uber Goober StephenH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Dallas area, Texas
    Posts
    10,568
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I was riding a Worksman industrial cruiser, single speed, wide tires, heavy bike. I just switched to a Raleigh Sojourn, a touring bike. That by itself bumped my speed up about 2.5-3 mph. I just got back from a 20 mile ride, averaged 16.3 mph, was doing about 13.3 on the Worksman. And that Raleigh is still about 10 lbs heavier and somewhat less streamlined than a good road bike, so I could still make some improvement over that and be on an upright bike. So you might want to test-ride some upgraded upright bikes as well.
    "be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •