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Old 09-21-04, 11:02 AM   #1
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My butt HURTS!!!

I've only ridden a couple of mile on my MTB today and my butt is stinging. DF suck. I rode down to the strip to get some lunch and to the library to study. I don't see how those DF guy pull it off. Maybe they like the pain or something?
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You are just not used to placing a good majority of your weight onto your fanny while riding your MTB. You get used it after a few days of riding.
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I've riden 1,300 miles on this thing. It still hurts.
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I've riden 1,300 miles on this thing. It still hurts.
I should add in there somewhere, "CONSISTANTLY". 100's of k every weekend, commuting miles inbetween, somehow I manage and I ride on Selle Italia SLR which at 136 grams is very minimal. 1,300 miles total or this year alone? A couple miles to the store and back every once and a while doesn't count.
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That about 1.5 years. I rode 900 miles last year. Basically, I ride to and from class everyday. It's about 5 to 7 miles a day or so. I ride daily, man. I'm football player wieght. 255lbs resting on the soft tissues betwee my butt aint natrual, okay. There have been time where I got off my bike and was bleeding out my butthole. Screw DF.
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OK you win. DF suck a$$. I guess I should sell my road bike on e-bay right now.

3500k's last year and at that mark already this year (with still more time to ride) I guess my a$$ should hurt and bleed too.
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3500k. Cool. Just because I'm having these problems doesn't mean that you are supposed to. Do you wiegh as much as I do? I think the biggest guy in the olympics was 170lbs for the road race. I would like to get down to 220lbs, but how many 220lbs racers do you see?

Also, I'm beginning to thing it's partly do to my clothing. I usually ride in blue jeans to class. The seam comes right up my butt. That may be a problem also. At any rate If I'm having problem like this there is no way I could ride a 400+ mile tour. I'd be in the hospital.

Bent are the only thing I riden that are comfortable. That's all I'm saying.
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Fair enough, at 190-200 lbs. (depending on the time of the year ) I don't consider myself a light weight. IMHO proper attire for road cycling is critical. There is no way in the world I could ride my road bike doing the distances that I do wearing jeans and a t-shirt, its uncomfortable and impratical. Like you mentioned perhaps it is not the bike or how your sit on it, but the clothes you wear. Maybe some loose breathable shorts might help as opposed to the denim? Nothing wrong with shorts and a t-shirt for that distance. I don't know if the Underwear Nazi checks the Recumbent board, however if he did I'm sure he'd still tell everyone to go Commando while riding their 'bents!

I found out very quickly that there seems to be a pratical purpose for lycra padded shorts other then to fit tightly around your bum and show off your package!

That aside, I been checking out the Catrike Speed and am really considering buying one over the winter. The thing looks like a blast to ride and probably goes like snot once up to speed. It's this forum which pointed them out to me. I'm glad for the fact that BF exists because the info I've gained over the last couple of years has been great.

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A guy in the cycling club I belong to rides a Catrike Road. He sure flys on that thing! He changed the chainrings to a quad. Runs a 60 tooth for the big one and the small one looks to be about a 28 or so. At any rate he rocks! Has a GPS he navigates with too. The Catrike Speed should be a real blast.

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stiffee and funbun,
Enough already! Ride whatever suits your a$$ but please no more about how much you weigh or how many miles/kilometers you click off. All I care to know is that you both are having painless fun on your rides...
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Freakin' aaaaa man.
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stiffee and funbun,
Enough already! Ride whatever suits your a$$ but please no more about how much you weigh or how many miles/kilometers you click off. All I care to know is that you both are having painless fun on your rides...
Screw that! I know I am right dammit and thats all there is to it!

j/k. I was done with this yesterday but since you decided to post up, I figured what the hell!

[jokes]BTW...You bents are an odd bunch aren't you???[/jokes]
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No, it's the rest of the cycling community that is wierd.
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The thing about riding bents is that we have developed a number of fellow benters and they run the gammit from race orientated 20-30 year olds, touring 30-50 year olds (although we know one 70+ who is currently in Arkansas on his way to New Orleans riding a new V2 riding with a younger lady friend!), to retired guys like us who just enjoy riding a bike that the young "roadie" types have a hard time keeping up with or passing yet not requiring that we find a way to reverse the natural aging process. As long as we can ride 35 to 50 miles a day, day in and day out, what more can we ask of life. The only thing we can ask for is for the weather we have had here in Michigan for the last two weeks (upper 70s to low 80s, low humidity, and sun shine) to continue until next May. [fat chance of that here in the snow belt]! ;-(
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I test rode a V-Rex about a year ago. I love the really laid back position. I thought it was more comfortable that the Status I tested
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No, it's the rest of the cycling community that is wierd.

As a roadie, I've been wondering about getting a bent. I'm eyeballing the Jetstream at Actionbent.com. Are the SWB recumbents harder to learn than the LWB recumbents like the Easy Racers EZ Sport LE? You guys sound like you know these things.
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Not harder, just different. SWB are considered sportier, meaning they have a quicker response and shorter turning circle. If you are commuting in traffic, most bent riders will recommend a SWB over a LWB for this reason. I've had brand new riders on both designs, and it is very individual which one is considered easier. In general, beginners usually like a lower BB, so a CLWB like an E-bike or a Cannondale, or a LWB like a Tour EZ is preferred. There is no real difference in speed, just personal preferences.

If your looking at a Jetstream, you might also keep your eyes open for a used Rans Rocket. Jetstreams are well thought of entry level bikes. Rans is pretty much the standard other recumbents are measured against, not necessarily the best at everything, but very solid and owners are fiercely loyal.

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I once read a review that said "RANS recumbents are the workhorses of the recumbent industry". I ride a RANS Tailwind and like it a lot. Yes, Rans owners are a fiercely loyal lot. Sure tickles me when during a club ride I get the comments like "Man you fly on that thing. How do you do it!" He, He.

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What do you think the doctor is gonna tell me? "Keep on riding DF don't worry about the pain. Or "Get a 'bent it's anatomically better for you." ???DUH???

I've spent thousands of hour practicing my saxophone. As you know I'm a large guy and my hands are too big for some of the key. In other words, their is too much loss of motion on some of the key that required me to use the palm of my hand. I had pains in my hand because I was trying to play a horn that just wasn't set up for my anatomy. I had to have custom key work done. Once everything in a position all the pains went away instantly. That is a lesson I learned a long time ago: ergonomics are worth it. DF don't offer the ergonomics that a 'bent does for my particular body.

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We have been riding the V-Rexes for about a month, and I have done an "Artie Johnson" (a slow fall to the side) three times. I never fell on the BikeE. The SWB V-Rex requires that I make two changes in my riding style. 1) Be very careful to keep my heels from rubbing the front tire while making slow speed tight turns, and 2) don't make high speed turns on soft soils (fine gravel over dry beach sand). But, without a doubt, I would never go back to the BikeE AT that I sold nor would I ever go back to one of the DFs I rode before the BikeEs. FYI, I weigh over 260# and am over 6"4" and 61, yet I can outride the young kids on their weggie seat DFs (not generally by my speed - we average around 12 mph on the rail-trails we ride) because when I ask them to go for a short ride of 25 to 35 miles they usually just roll their eyes and ask me if I an kidding and when they find out I'm not they beg off. Going to a recumbent saves not only your a$$ but it ends the cutting off of the blood supply to far more important genital regions. We always tell people who ask how our bents are to ride that if they ride one for five miles they will never want to get back on a DF again. Going bent has made it possible for us to keep riding, and actually has gotten me riding distances that when I was riding a DF I would have told you that you were nuts it you told me I would ride that far in a single day or even in a year. With the baby-boomers getting to the age were their knees and backs can't take the pounding that a DF inflicts, the sales or bents are increasing.
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Ken, how do you start uphill on a V-rex? I guess it takes practice. I found that I couldn't maintain enough forward speed to keep the balance uphill.
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Problem solved. This butt thing has really benn bothering me for a while. I finally figured out what is was. I've been eat low carb bread. They use sugar alcohols as sugar substitutes. It's the same stuff they put in Ex-lax. That's why my rear is sore ans stingy after 2 miles. I've riden 5 miles today with no pain. I just went back to good old fashionsed wheat bread.

I just got all the tubes in for my trike. Some components are coming in tomoroow. I got Deore LX reah hub, Deore derailluer, Shimano bar end shifters, Nashbar cleats and pedals, and Lake mountain bike shoes.
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BWAAAAHAHAHA....(sniff, sniff...wipes tears of laughter from eyes)

What the HELL?!?! So all that complaining was due to a "bread laced with Ex-Lax, burning ring of fire hemorrhoids which give me the sh#t's but its the bikes fault because my a$$ is sore" problem.
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I still want a bent
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