Errand Boy for my girls
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Northern California
Bikes: Greenspeed GTO 20/20 trike, Rans Fusion(semi-recumbent bike), Burley Django recumbent, Marin Larkspur city bike
Originally Posted by brucew
Now the big question.
Are there any bents out there that people ride on gravel trails without the inherrant problems of losing the front end or jolting the kidneys to mush???
There aren't many two-wheeled recumbents that will do gravel trails very well...but RANS, one of the oldest and most respected recumbent bike manufacturers, made a full suspension bike(no longer in production) that I heard does well on the more "off-road" conditions, including gravel, called the Vivo. It's a dual 20" wheel short wheelbase bike that came with Maxxis HookWorm 2" tires, which are practically bulletproof, incredibly durable, and do quite well on the loose stuff that makes most 'bents lose it.
While RANS no longer makes the Vivo, you can usually find them on the secondary markets, like eBay, or even at some of the larger recumbent dealers that may get them in on trade, or for consignment sales.
Another recumbent route to go in your situation might be to three-wheeled recumbents--trikes! There are two types, the delta(one wheel in front, two in back), and the very popular tadpole(two wheels in front, one in back). Some are better set up for possible off road conditions than others. Perhaps some of our trike members can comment on their experiences with gravel trails. I used to own a Greenspeed GTO tadpole trike, but never rode it on anything but bike paths and blacktop roads...great fun!
Good luck with your searching!