Join Date: Jan 2001
Bikes: Specialized Stumpie, Bianchi Pista, Optima Baron
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The Lynx is still relatively heavy, even though it has an aluminum frame, so weight drag is going to be significant in climbs. I found climbing short rolling hills not to be a problem because of the significant momentum gained in the preceding descents. Steep, long climbs were daunting at first, however, even when I had to seriously spin in low gear (though I seldom drop into the 30-tooth granny), the loss of speed never had me struggling to maintain balance. Over a period of several months as my legs were increasingly conditioned to riding in the recumbent position I found my climbing performance improve to where it was at least equal to what I was capable on a regular bike (I'm an average rider - not a racer.)
The Lynx is like many other relatively low seat angle SWB typical of Euro-bent design. The SWB low racers are even lower and more reclined. The open body angle may make it more difficult to adjust to when maintaining the force required for sustained climbing, however, I have learned to push my shoulders into the rigid seat as needed to help. The closed body angle on a regular bike may be better suited for climbs, though this is certainly arguable as there are people on lowracers in this forum who climb exceptionally well.
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