Me too. No beard either.
Me too. No beard either.
It's all about compromises and choosing the ones that you're happiest with. Trikes are slower, the rider has to dodge potholes for 3 wheel tracks instead of 2, some people have problems doing deep-knee bends required to get into and out of a tadpole, riding on crowned roads... I could go on but you get the idea. If you like it and you're willing to work through or ignore the downsides, then it's a great platform for you. Same for 2-wheeled recumbents, same for Safety Bikes. Which is why I don't see 'bents ever 'taking over.'
correction: one wheel track with a 2-wheeler.
Last edited by BlazingPedals; 02-15-12 at 06:39 PM.
The people I know locally who ride regularly in the warmer months, have no use for a recumbent.
They ride "training-style", in a paceline, out and back 15-25 miles total on the road that has the smoothest widest shoulders in the whole area. They want something short (<30mins) because they do this in the weekday evenings, and the road is pretty boring--a four-lane highway with nothing really to see along it.
If you want to take long multi-hour rides and don't want the discomfort of just sitting on the bicycle to be a limiting factor, then recumbents are a great thing--but if you're not usually on an upright bike long enough to feel pain from riding, then a recumbent seems like an [expensive] solution in search of a problem.
RANS V3 (steel), RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer
When I am on a club ride on my Rans Stratus, I do feel like I am the king of the road. I am rolling along in relaxed comfort on my two wheel Caddy. Most of the rest of the DF riders are rolling along on a Ford Pinto.
And then------------no matter how DF riders claim that with their "proper fit", when we come to a rest stop, it is not me that immediately jumps off my bike and shakes out my hands and start picking at my laundry. Yup those DF riders are really comfy ok!!!
Also what makes riding a bent even a better deal is if we have to ride into a wind for a lot of miles. Even at 73 when on a high wind ride, when we get back I am in a lot better state than DF riders a lot younger than I am.
Ride what you like, and like what you ride. That's why we're called the human race.
A DF bike is more versatile; you can put it on the rack on the transit bus or walk it along the sidewalk or a footpath to make a shortcut, you can carry it more easily on standard bike racks, its easier to make a u-turn, ride narrow trails, ride through motor vehicle barriers, and it is easier to get it in and out of the house. Those the only things I miss about riding a DF bike, though.
What do you call a cyclist who sells potpourri on the road? A pedaling petal-peddler.
Engineer here, no beard. Maybe if it is true that a lot of engineers ride bents it says something. Engineers look at things that are no nonsense logical. Bents are that.
Gee I dont think people hate engineers. I actually get asked for my advise quite often.
In addition to what roby wrote about children and bents. In my opinion the biggest reason is like a minivan bents are extremely practical, but carry a huge stigma with them. Minivan = frumpy mom... recumbent = old, fat, bearded man... (personally, I'm working on reducing the "areo-belly" but the rest of the stigma fits
) As with all prejudices, not true in all cases, but typically fairly accurate for a large percentage of the population.