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    Can short people ride performer low racer?

    Hi all, I am a beginner here and also asian, sorry about my english first. Now I want to buy a performer recumbent low racer 700c, but I saw the official site described that requestd rider's height above 170cm, but my height only 168cm. I want to know that is anyone height like me but ride this recumbent?

    BTW: I am in Taiwan, I really confuse why there are only a few info about recumbent in my place, even Performer don't care customer here...

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    That 168cm is only a rough estimate. For a lowracer, the measurement that really matters is your inseam. Unfortunately, I don't know the minimum inseam or if that number includes things you can do to alter it further. For instance, if you are only a few cm too short, you can use shorter crank arms. Your best option would be a test-sit on one. Second-best would be to call them. Be ready with your measurements.

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    Another thing you can do to reduce heel strike in turns is to replace the foam block in the neck rest with a thicker and/or firmer one. That and cut a tapered piece of foam to put between the top of the seat and the seat pad. That will move you forward a little in the seat.

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    too short?

    Quote Originally Posted by juytgdbn View Post
    Hi all, I am a beginner here and also asian, sorry about my english first. Now I want to buy a performer recumbent low racer 700c, but I saw the official site described that requestd rider's height above 170cm, but my height only 168cm. I want to know that is anyone height like me but ride this recumbent?

    BTW: I am in Taiwan, I really confuse why there are only a few info about recumbent in my place, even Performer don't care customer here...
    When I first started communicating with Christine at Performer she pointed me to the Toscana 20/26 she thought I was too short for the larger front wheel (168 also). Now I have the bike assembled and find that it is low enough. But haven't done enough riding with it to feel comfortable, or to compare it to the Rans Rocket I had before. On the Rans, the seat was adjustable, front to rear. On the Performer, there is very little seat adjustment but the boom telescopes in and out, I cut 8cm. off my boom in order to pull it in far enough for me to reach the pedals. Good luck
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    The issue with short legs is that pulling the boom in too far can cause hard interference, where the pedal arm hits the front wheel. Unlike heel strike, hard interference can put you down on the pavement RIGHT NOW. Many Reynolds bikes had this 'feature;' which sort of proves that you can learn to ride a bike with hard interference; but it's not a preferred situation in my book.

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    Not familiar wit he company...

    You can put an over drive gear in the drivetrain , and turn a small wheel over really fast..

    small front wheel will aide the design to get the crank in front of the wheel closer.

    Back one will be OK accelerate faster because its small..
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    The issue with short legs is that pulling the boom in too far can cause hard interference, where the pedal arm hits the front wheel. Unlike heel strike, hard interference can put you down on the pavement RIGHT NOW. Many Reynolds bikes had this 'feature;' which sort of proves that you can learn to ride a bike with hard interference; but it's not a preferred situation in my book.
    Not just that, but weird things happen to the chain line like the chain rubbing on the seat. Also, short people often have to pull the tiller back close to their chest to avoid hitting the bars with their knees due to the boom being sucked in so far. Besides scrunching up the arms and shoulders, it makes egress a little harder.
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