Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 45
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Posts
    67
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    What do you like most about your recumbents?

    I have no room in the budget right now for another bike, but occasionally I see recumbents and think about how comfortable it would be to ride one to work every day.
    Maybe if I can get the parts and supplies, and a part time job for a few weeks, I could build one next summer.
    Any way, what do you like about your recumbents over DF bikes?
    Maybe I can find a few to try out in my area.
    Some times I like to dream about owning a recumbent to ride to work, haul groceries, and ride covered in the rain without owning an actual velomobile. Hey, I can dream can't I

  2. #2
    Senior Member Notso_fastLane's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Medford, OR
    My Bikes
    Kona MTN bike, Bent TW Elegance
    Posts
    685
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You might check out ebay. There's a dealer in Renton, WA that's going out of business and selling the last of his stock on ebay pretty cheaply. (I just bought my first bent from this guy, and since I'm local, saved over $100 in shipping.) I should be riding it by the middle of the week.

  3. #3
    Insane Bicycle Mechanic Jeff Wills's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    other Vancouver
    Posts
    6,659
    Mentioned
    12 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Well... if you're worried about rain, get a good set of fenders and a rain jacket. Or a velomobile. Even Lycra body socks aren't really good at keeping the rain off.

    What do I like about recumbents? I loaned mine to my girlfriend for a few minutes and she said "get me one". We'll have our 20th anniversary next July. Coincidence? I think not.

    Jeff Wills

    All my bikes.

  4. #4
    Senior Member jmio's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    My Bikes
    raleigh carbon competition, trek 6500 hardtail
    Posts
    609
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    rbr.info is a great website, sells performer bents, the lowracer and high racer can be had at 1700 dollars. I have a mid racer right now, and i'm almost half tempted to order the lowracer for curiosity sakes. I like the aerodynamics, comfort, SPEED, and fun of my bent. I have a rans xstream. The one thing i don't like is having to make some tight turns on bike paths. it takes a lot of concentration, and sometimes it's frustrating. other than that, the thing is an absolute rocket!

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Posts
    67
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I wish I had $1700 to drop on a bike! I've been looking at plans for no weld DIY recumbents and think I might be able to find most of the bikes and parts need to build one in the trash.
    I wonder how many people have built these no weld bikes and liked them?

  6. #6
    Free Velo Vol! Dudelsack's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Loovul
    My Bikes
    Bacchetta Giro ATT 26; Lemond Buenos Aires
    Posts
    6,201
    Mentioned
    15 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Bents are much more human-body friendly. My neck and shoulders aren't killing me after a 30 mile ride.

    I know next to nothing about building bikes. You might check out the Bacchetta site. You can buy the frame (really, a big metal stick) on the cheap and then build it up.

  7. #7
    I am the Snail~! Peter_C's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Near Akron, Ohio
    My Bikes
    2010 TerraTrike Rover 8
    Posts
    1,583
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    For me, it's the comfort level. That's all the reason I need~!

    This website is ran by a BROL member and will help you learn how to make your own recumbent. Will sell you pieces, all the way up to a complete bike. https://sites.google.com/site/recycledrecumbents/
    Peter_C
    http://s1103.photobucket.com/albums/g475/Peter_CC/ <-- My Photos

  8. #8
    benttandem
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Beulah Colorado
    My Bikes
    1972 Schwinn paramount tandem, touring tandem French frame,MTB style tandem, Several solo bikes including a Kabuki from the 70's
    Posts
    103
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hi, just a note about the build it yourself bents. I have built several both moving bb and easy racer style. I like both but find that a short wheelbase with the accompning long chain and management issues to be very fussy. The longer chain on an easy racer style is much easier to live with. Atom bikes has a set of plans for a mbb conversion and Bentech.com has both plans and kits for both styles of bents. Ride several if possible before committing to one or the other.
    Peter

  9. #9
    Senior Member bobbycorno's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    2,545
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Just for the record, I have NO comfort issues with any of my 3 df's. I ride my (Performer Agenda semi-low) 'bent because I LIKE IT, same as the other bikes. Why? 1) it's just plain fun 2) it's FAST, especially on rollies or in the wind 3) it's easier to look around at my surroundings, no matter how hard I'm riding.

    Yeah, my road bike (18lb cf) is faster up hills, about the same speed over all as my 'bent, and fun in its own way. And it's an absolute GAS to hit the singletrack on my FS mtn bike. My French-style, 650b-conversion commuter-rando bike is smooth, stable and an absolute joy to hop on and ride all day (or longer). If it came down to picking just one to keep, I'd be hard-pressed to choose between the 'bent and the 650b. Hopefully, I'll never have to make that decision. I like ALL my bikes too much.

    SP
    Bend, OR

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Posts
    67
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hey guys thanks for all the links. Maybe if I can get the junk parts free or cheap, I'll borrow a welder and learn on some old metal. Or take the bike to a shop.
    I still don't plan on getting one till maybe the end of winter, but if I find the parts, and it's cheap enough...

  11. #11
    Senior Member Northwestrider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Gig Harbor, WA
    My Bikes
    Surly Long Haul Trucker, Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo, Dahon Mu P 24 , Bacchetta Strada, Rodriguez Tandem
    Posts
    2,105
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    ahh it's comfort

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Silver Spring, MD
    Posts
    235
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    For me, I like how the bike rides differently from a DF. I do enjoy the comfort but it's much more than that. My bike requires a shift in my control awareness which has a side effect of raising my overall awareness at the same time. I also enjoy the full panoramic view while riding and get a kick out of turning heads. The Slipstream is really a grand looking bike and looks nothing like DF or even most recumbents.
    LongBikes Slipstream
    Cannondale T800 & Synapse 3

  13. #13
    Senior Member Cyclebum's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    NE Tx
    My Bikes
    Tour Easy, Linear USS, Lightening Thunderbolt, custom DF, Raleigh hybrid, Felt time trial
    Posts
    2,606
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by wwiding View Post
    Any way, what do you like about your recumbents over DF bikes?
    Comfort and the panoramic view. Plus that cup of coffee in its holder on the bar and a radio behind the seat back. Cruise as long as the legs allow, and arrive with nothing aching but tired legs. Oh, it is an attention getter for sure, and drivers usually get over a bit more. If none of these things are important to you, might as well stick with a DF. Its more maneuverable, packs easier for shipping if used for touring, and climbs faster.
    The bicycle is one of the great inventions of mankind. Delights children, challenges young men to feats of daring, and turns old men into boys again.--Me

  14. #14
    Senior Member BlazingPedals's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Middle of da Mitten
    My Bikes
    Trek 7500, RANS V-Rex, Optima Baron, Velokraft NoCom, M-5 Carbon Highracer, homebuilt recumbent
    Posts
    7,041
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Well... I got my first one for comfort. My subsequent ones were for speed. For foolin' around and commuting, you can't go wrong with something from recycled recumbents.
    http://sites.google.com/site/recycledrecumbents/home
    You build it using whatever parts you already have, and buy just what you need.

    I don't know about rain protection, though. I've found that riding in the rain is better with an upright; on a bent the water pools on my lap and runs up my sleeves to pool at my elbows. A front fairing will help with a light drizzle, though.

  15. #15
    Free Velo Vol! Dudelsack's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Loovul
    My Bikes
    Bacchetta Giro ATT 26; Lemond Buenos Aires
    Posts
    6,201
    Mentioned
    15 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by bobbycorno View Post
    Just for the record, I have NO comfort issues with any of my 3 df's. I ride my (Performer Agenda semi-low) 'bent because I LIKE IT, same as the other bikes. Why? 1) it's just plain fun 2) it's FAST, especially on rollies or in the wind 3) it's easier to look around at my surroundings, no matter how hard I'm riding.

    Yeah, my road bike (18lb cf) is faster up hills, about the same speed over all as my 'bent, and fun in its own way. And it's an absolute GAS to hit the singletrack on my FS mtn bike. My French-style, 650b-conversion commuter-rando bike is smooth, stable and an absolute joy to hop on and ride all day (or longer). If it came down to picking just one to keep, I'd be hard-pressed to choose between the 'bent and the 650b. Hopefully, I'll never have to make that decision. I like ALL my bikes too much.

    SP
    Bend, OR
    So many bikes, so little time....sigh....

  16. #16
    Senior Member rydabent's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Lincoln Ne
    My Bikes
    RANS Stratus TerraTrike Cruiser
    Posts
    3,755
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    With me and almost everyone that you read about the number one thing by far is comfort. You can ride for several hours, or even all day without pain. Will you get tired if you ride all day----of course, but there is no pain that is associated with DF bikes. Personally I think riding in pain is stupid.

    Add to that the safety and the view, I think that over 90% of cyclist would be better served by riding a bent.

  17. #17
    Senior Member pick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Antelope Valley, CA
    My Bikes
    ABT1X (retired), KHS TR 101, '84 motocruiser frame
    Posts
    108
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    for me, i had no choice - it was move to a 'bent trike or stop riding. i have carpal tunnel in both wrists and cubital tunnel in both elbows...riding a df became an exercise in agony. on the trike, no issues because there is no weight load on my arms...went for a ride 2 days after surgery on my right wrist and elbow with my arm in a full splint and sling - could not do that on anything but a trike! (excuse the typing - got my stitches out yesterday and still typing 1 fingered and lefty -i'm a righty). i am a full convert to 'bents, may try the 2 wheeled version when both arms are all good!
    car very lite dude
    back on 2 wheels - future Big Dummy pilot!!

  18. #18
    Pedaled too far. Artkansas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    La Petite Roche
    Posts
    12,197
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The heads up riding position which gives a great view and the fact that my neck doesn't hurt from trying to hold my head up in an unnatural position for hours.
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

  19. #19
    Senior Member rydabent's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Lincoln Ne
    My Bikes
    RANS Stratus TerraTrike Cruiser
    Posts
    3,755
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Most of the reason for a bent is comfort and the view. When I got my first bent, I was used to riding one of 3 routes of about 20 miles. After the first 3 or 4 times getting home really quick, I extended my routes to 30 to 35 miles. Yes bent are that good!!!!

  20. #20
    el padre
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Central Kansas
    My Bikes
    Linear,
    Posts
    1,470
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My reasons for liking bents have beeen said...comfort and the view, without stretching your neck. Then there is the cool factor of being different, although that is changing as more people find the joy of bent......

  21. #21
    You gonna eat that? Doohickie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Fort Worth, Texas Church of Hopeful Uncertainty
    My Bikes
    1966 Raleigh DL-1 Tourist, 1973 Schwinn Varsity, 1983 Raleigh Marathon, 1994 Nishiki Sport XRS
    Posts
    13,909
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by wwiding View Post
    What do you like most about your recumbents?
    That they are still off in my distant future.




    I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

  22. #22
    Senior Member BlazingPedals's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Middle of da Mitten
    My Bikes
    Trek 7500, RANS V-Rex, Optima Baron, Velokraft NoCom, M-5 Carbon Highracer, homebuilt recumbent
    Posts
    7,041
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    That they are still off in my distant future.

    Surrender now or be assimilated later! Resistance is futile!

  23. #23
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    My Bikes
    Bacchetta Giro, Fisher HKEK, Spec. Roubaix
    Posts
    210
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Simply the fact that I can RIDE again on a bent...the arthritis in my hands, and a back injury have made uprights too painful for even an hour ride.

  24. #24
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Aurora, CO
    My Bikes
    2005 Performer Toscana, 2000 Kona Hoo-Ha, RANS Rocket
    Posts
    419
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    That they are still off in my distant future.





    Not as distant as you think.

  25. #25
    Senior Member xxtheshockerxx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Iowa
    My Bikes
    Fuji Absolute 3.0
    Posts
    64
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    i have i problem with pressure with a wedgie. was told i have prosthesis so i am hoping a recumbent is the answer. I am currently looking at a Bacchetta Corsa

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •