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Old 01-01-05, 09:25 PM   #1
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5 Things to love about recumbents

1-Children saying as you pass , "Mom, Dad, look at that! Can I get one?"
2-Not feeling numbness in the "nether" regions after a long ride.
3-Since few people are familiar with them, you can add any accessory and it looks fine ( fenders, multiple blinkies, kickstand, fairing, etc.)
4-The faster you go, the more stable it is (to a point, anyway)
5-My EasyRacer Sport Ltd looks like the Schwinn Stingray I had when I was ten years old (if the Stingray lost its 2" slick, banana seat, sissy bar and was stretched out just a bit)
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1-Children saying as you pass , "Mom, Dad, look at that! Can I get one?"
2-Not feeling numbness in the "nether" regions after a long ride.
3-Since few people are familiar with them, you can add any accessory and it looks fine ( fenders, multiple blinkies, kickstand, fairing, etc.)
4-The faster you go, the more stable it is (to a point, anyway)
5-My EasyRacer Sport Ltd looks like the Schwinn Stingray I had when I was ten years old (if the Stingray lost its 2" slick, banana seat, sissy bar and was stretched out just a bit)
what is a recumbent?
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Old 01-03-05, 02:31 PM   #3
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A recumbent is a bike where the rider sits on a nice large comfy seat with a backrest, in a reclined position. Unlesss the recumbent is a "highracer" the seat is very low to the ground, about 2 feet or so. The pedals are higher than on a normal diamond frame bike. They enjoy an aerodynamic advantage over most diamond frame bikes. Downhill they are a veritable street luge. They cost more and are perhaps somewhat heavier than a diamond frame bike. They are very comfortable and excellent for long rides and touring. They are fun and addicting. The most noted feature of a recumbent "pilot" is the big toothy grin at the end of a long ride. I went 'bent this spring and have not been on my road bike since.

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1) My Rans seat.
2) Keeping pace with roadies and not breaking a sweat.
3) Being able to walk after a ride.
4) Meuller Fairings.
5) Stability and ride.
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1.) My Ti-Rush
2.) Zzipper Fairing
3.) Rotor Cranks
4.) Tailsok From ERRC
5.) Did I Mention My Ti-Rush "Miss Ti-Lizzie"

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5. Making my df riding partner sweat to keep up on the flats.
4. "Hey mister cool bike," from the kids in the playground as I pass.
3. Occasional recumbutt is still less painfull than the sore neck and wrists I got from my df.
2. Ready for an evening ride with friends even after my 32 mile commute.
1. The really interesting people are on the bent forum.
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1. I can't fall over.
2. Can drink and drive (e.g., coffee, water).
3. No arm nor rear end pain.
4. Can ride longer with fewer breaks.
5. Can stop and change CD without putting feet down.
6. I enjoy the attention from passer bys.

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A recumbent is a bike where the rider sits on a nice large comfy seat with a backrest, in a reclined position. Unlesss the recumbent is a "highracer" the seat is very low to the ground, about 2 feet or so. The pedals are higher than on a normal diamond frame bike. They enjoy an aerodynamic advantage over most diamond frame bikes. Downhill they are a veritable street luge. They cost more and are perhaps somewhat heavier than a diamond frame bike. They are very comfortable and excellent for long rides and touring. They are fun and addicting. The most noted feature of a recumbent "pilot" is the big toothy grin at the end of a long ride. I went 'bent this spring and have not been on my road bike since.

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Thanks for the info. I have seen a few around Kansas City, and just figured they were just some eccentrics. (just kidding)
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1) Riding past a school at end of day and having 100 kids ROFL at you...attention.
2) Riding in the rain and barely getting wet...position.
3) Riding on a yellow bike and no one notices the color...its a bent!
4) Meeting and talking to people you normally would not have...
5) Finding a very slight downhill and building BIG SPEED!!!
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1. You will remain healthy and strong if you ride a recumbent every day
2. There is no bike like a recumbent if you like comfort and speed.
3. Once you have started riding one you will never stop ever. You might even abandon your upright bike.
4. The multiplicity of recumbents of various kind is so great that there is a recumbent for everyone.
5. The most exciting journey I have ever made was on a recumbent
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Specifically lowracers, but may apply in varying degrees to other bents:
1. breathtaking downhill speeds
2. spanking the club hammers
3. rollers
4. "Headwind? I hadn't noticed."
5. go kart sensation in curves
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1. You won't fall over if you just put your feet down.
2. Looking ahead of you with the greatest of ease.
3. Having people say "Look at that bike, I what one of those!"
4. Wondering why those people on DFs look so uncomfortable.
5. What pain?
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1. No wrist pain
2. No Back Pain
3. No Butt Pain
4. Backing it up the pedal's don't hit the kickstand (LWB)
5. I actually ride it because of 1-3
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1-Children saying as you pass , "Mom, Dad, look at that! Can I get one?"
2-Not feeling numbness in the "nether" regions after a long ride.
3-Since few people are familiar with them, you can add any accessory and it looks fine ( fenders, multiple blinkies, kickstand, fairing, etc.)
4-The faster you go, the more stable it is (to a point, anyway)
5-My EasyRacer Sport Ltd looks like the Schwinn Stingray I had when I was ten years old (if the Stingray lost its 2" slick, banana seat, sissy bar and was stretched out just a bit)
If they only didn't look to extraordinarily nerdy....
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1. You don't have to wear special cycling clothes/shoes.
2. You can carry LOTS of stuff..they load well for long rides.
3. They are comfortable!
4. They are FUN!
5. They are just darn COOL looking!
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1. Riding farther than I ever thought would be possible again.
2. No more carpal tunnel nerve damage.
3. No more complaining tailbone.
4. No balance issue on the trike during long climbs.
5. No more staring at the ground while I ride.

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If a specialized Roubaix didn't look so nerdy and hurt so much!
Ride till you puke then ride till you die!
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If a specialized Roubaix didn't look so nerdy and hurt so much!
Ride till you puke then ride till you die!
Dude, if you are worried about looking nerdy then give up bikes altogether.

Say it big, Say it loud,
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I only wish that bike jerseys had a place for a pocket protector.
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Dude, if you are worried about looking nerdy then give up bikes altogether.

Say it big, Say it loud,
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I only wish that bike jerseys had a place for a pocket protector.
I have no problem with looking nerdy. Skydive69 has not me!
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If a specialized Roubaix didn't look so nerdy and hurt so much!
Ride till you puke then ride till you die!
Huh? I guess I need to learn swedish!
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Huh? I guess I need to learn swedish!
No stick to American! Swedish is spelt Swedish by the way.
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1. Drivers tend to see you because they do not know what it is.
2. Can drink and drive (e.g., coffee).
3. Cannot fall over.
4. Can stop and not have to put my feet down to balance.
5. Are more comfortable that a two-wheeler.

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I have no problem with looking nerdy. Skydive69 has not me!
A nerdy Swede, I don't believe it. My people came to the US from Sweden in the late 1800's and early 1900's.
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