Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Wellington Ohio
Bikes: Trek 1000, Rans Tailwind
Speed up hills are related to the engine (you) and the gearing. The danger of hammering in a high gear going up a hill is damage to the knees. It is possible to put more force on the pedals of a bent because you can, in most cases, push against the seat back. To reduce the stress on knees the recommended way of climbing is by spinning, the same way you would do on your road bike while climbing in the saddle. Recumbents are generally heavier than a road bike and hence you have more weight (more work) to get up a hill. Given the same amount of power output from the engine (you) it would take longer to get up the hill, hence slower. With good gearing I've found my 'bent actually easier to climb compared to my road bike, but the speed is just slower. On the flats I'm about equal or better than my old road bike, and downhill definately faster. Also faster going into a headwind with the 'bent. Keep in mind it takes a while, sometimes as much as 3000 miles, to fully develop the muscles used on a 'bent. Take it slow and easy. Since I got my 'bent this spring I've never looked back. The closest I got to my road bike was to clean it up a bit and chase the spiders off of it. It has not been ridden since I got the 'bent.