Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Wellington Ohio
Bikes: Trek 1000, Rans Tailwind
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I agree on the previous points. Based on some club rides I've done with mostly touring type folk, I can hold my own on the hills although I'm generally running a higher cadence, and I'm faster going into a stiff headwind. And I'm still a newbie to bents only getting mine in June.
Based on some actual wind tunnel tests the typical recumbent (I believe a LWB bike was tested) is about the same drag as a roadie in an areo position or down on the drops. I've also read that it can take up to a couple thousand miles of riding to fully develop "'bent legs". At this stage of the game I'm as fast on my 'bent as I was on the road bike (Trek 1000) at this level of conditioning, over the same distances, and faster going into a stiff headwind.
Now the question is how would you prefer to ride all day, on the drops or aero bars on a road bike, or on a nice comfy 'bent?