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    How slow can you go?

    How fast is more popular, but how slow is more practical. Talking for climbing that rare 16% or more grade?

    As bents have a bad rep for climbing, one of my first test for the TE was exactly that. Found myself a grade up in Arkansas and started spinning. Proved I could wobble uphill at about 3 mph for several hundred feet before stopping to rest. Better than on the DF.

    I think I can stay upright on the bent slower than on the DF because I have no fear of falling over.

    What has been your experience with bents vs how slow you can move along? Can a lwb be pedaled along slower than a swb and thus climb a steeper grade?
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    I can get down to 2.2 or 2.4 mph on a bent, but I can go slower still on an upright. Unless you count putting a hand down and stopping, the upright has the bent beat in that regard.

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    Have spent too much time climbing hills at 3mph on our Screamer. Very steady at slow speeds.
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    Not me. On the Giro (SWB) I'm good only to 5-6 MPH. I feel as wobbly as I did when I was in a ridiculously low gear whilst mountain biking.

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    On my Giro, I am ok own to about 4.0. On my Musashi, I am ok down to 2.5 or 3.0 mph. And .0001 on my trikes.

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    A steady two or three mph on my SWB Volae Century is easy. Below that I can briefly approximate a track stand with emphasis on both approximation and brevity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gcottay View Post
    A steady two or three mph on my SWB Volae Century is easy. Below that I can briefly approximate a track stand with emphasis on both approximation and brevity.
    +1 here with my Volae Tour.

    Not quite as steady on my Tour Easy.

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    On my trike I often go up a hill slower than my computer can register (1.8mph), and I do not even wobble or risk falling
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    It goes without saying that trikes don't require balancing at all, and are not included in the query.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter_C View Post
    On my trike I often go up a hill slower than my computer can register (1.8mph), and I do not even wobble or risk falling
    And here I thought I was gonna be the wise ass to make that comment!
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    I've only ridden my LWB 'bent, and it gets bad under 3mph. I can grind 2.5mph on an upright.
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    I can do about 3-4mph on the corsa. that's pushing it.

    On the Giro 20, with a 24t-32 I could climb my whole 14% hill without activating the speedo... so <2mph

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    Quote Originally Posted by tctdvm View Post
    On the Giro 20, with a 24t-32 I could climb my whole 14% hill without activating the speedo... so <2mph
    Interesting. A buddy recently switched from a Bella to a Giro and noted that slower was easier on the Giro. Maybe the steering is not as twitchy. Very twitchy on the TE @3 mph, least in my hands.
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    4mph so far on the Giro 26. Big hills are in short supply here, so it's harder for me to judge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    It goes without saying that trikes don't require balancing at all, and are not included in the query.
    If it goes without saying, how come you just said it?

    I was just wondering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    If it goes without saying, how come you just said it?

    I was just wondering.
    Someone was going to say it anyway, so I was just saving time!

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    I can take my Stratus down to 3 or 4mph with almost no wobbling at all.

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    2.5 to 3.0 mph, and usually closer to the 3.0 I'd have to admit

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    I drafted off a guy who was walking

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter_C View Post
    On my trike I often go up a hill slower than my computer can register (1.8mph), and I do not even wobble or risk falling
    This is of great interest to me. I would love a trike and get blasted with the "they are slow" and "you can't climb a hill"
    No, really! I meant to skip off that rock, bounce off that tree and face plant in the creek!
    I falled down!

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    About 2 mph on my Ryan Vanguard (slower than walking). It's a very stable bike. I also have an M5 lowracer and it's hard to manage at speeds under , say, 8mph. Seems to be very bike specific for me. The P-38 just isn't that slow up hills
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    I rode a supported tour in British Columbia a couple years back that featured 7km of 10 to 15% grade- at the beginning of the ride. My wife and I spent about 2 hours chugging in our lowest gears at 3 to 4 mph. No problem doing it, and the scenery later in the day was worth it. Here's the route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1064945
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    DFs by design are easier to control at low speeds, with such a large percentage of a rider's weight bearing down on the steering wheel. Consequently, Bents are usually lighter & twitchier at very slow speeds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Profgumby View Post
    This is of great interest to me. I would love a trike and get blasted with the "they are slow" and "you can't climb a hill"
    Most riders *are* 2-3mph slower on a trike than on their bike. You *can* climb a hill, and actually easier and/or steeper, just slower, but since balance is no longer a factor, do you care if you are slower? After having my trike for a 1+yr, I am still pleased with the change. Yes, I am slower, but I can ride many more hours/miles further than I could on my bike. Something to ponder - not for everyone, but if speed is not a critical factor, then trikes can give you everything else.
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    3.4mph on the Giro26.
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