I don't own or ride one, but them lawn chair bikes are cool with me. I service a few from time to time. Now as to making them look good... that may be asking too much unless the pilot is a very pretty young lady.
I saw a truck with a couple of bikes in the back - one a long-wheelbase recumbent with underseat steering - at a home improvement store this past weekend. Just happened to catch the owner as I was loading my merchandise. He just got it a couple of weeks ago when a LBS was having a going-out-of-business sale. He said he couldn't beat the price at 1/2 MSRP (no, I didn't ask), and that he said he wished he would have switched to a bent years ago because of the comfort on the road with his new one... Yeah, he was an 'older' guy, about my age or so -mid 50s... His wife had a carbon Fuji road bike of some sort, also bought at the same sale. I was at that LBS late last year, and although somewhat off the beaten path, they seemed to be doing a good business...
I'd like to try a recumbent some time, but they're like hen's teeth around here. Nobody stocks them.
'75 Fuji S-10S bought new, 45k+ miles and still going!
'83 Univega Gran Tourismo
'84 Univega Viva Sport
'90 Schwinn Woodlands
Huffy MTB - for trips to corner store
MTB of questionable lineage aka 'Mutt Trail Bike'
Originally Posted by Cougrrcj
Don't get me started on the chicken/egg issue of availability and popularity. If you want test rides, your best bet is to corner a bent rider on a bike ride.
Meh, I don't care about image. I am happpy to be out and riding. now it's my transportation. It's certainly better than sitting at home, unable to ride a bike because of balance problems. I am not young, but I am no longer fat, thanks to my trike. My doctor came out to have a look at my trike, at my last appointment, because I lost 60 lbs in the past 11 months. And I can go much longer distances than on a DF because my bum doesn't get tired, neither does my neck or my shoulders. I have yet to have anybody say anything negative about my TT. I did overhear a couple of maintenance guys say in Spanish that those vehicles are for the "viejos", but I am a "vieja", compared to them.
What do you call a cyclist who sells potpourri on the road? A pedaling petal-peddler.
I think it's amazing that the OP is able to discern attitudes of millions of people, many of whom have never given a thought to recumbents. I'd ask for this methods but, since it would be worth many millions, that would be crass of me.
Laissez les bon temps rouler
I don't know about "millions," but it's a common assessment that anyone riding a recumbent, and especially a recumbent trike, must have some sort of disability. After all, if there was nothing wrong with them, they'd be able to ride a 'regular' bike, right?
. “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”- Fredrick Nietzsche
"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant
Heeeeeey... Isn't that the wife's trike? Or are there two in the family now?
It is time the cycling community gets over its blather and snobbery against bents. Do a lot of bents and trikes have older riders--------yes they do. But remember one logical fact. Many people have challenges of pain, recovering from operations etc that bents are their only answer if they want to ride. Many do have enought pain that comes with old age that they dont need additional pain from riding.
The sad fact remains that the "poor" image of bents are generated in the cycling community itself.
® with Zipp® wheels and have Kask® helmet with some team jersey you're just not one of the "in" crowd. Even if you're faster- a lot faster. That's because to those people, practical considerations like efficiency, speed and comfort Don't Really Matter - "image" does. No sense worrying about those types, they're happy showing off their latest new titanium carbon magnesium bottle holder bracket to other folks that find such things important. Better to get out there and have fun- riding with a big smile will do more to appeal to folks than anything else. (IMHO)
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Lightning P-38 / M5 M-Racer/Ryan Vanguard
Before concluding that recumbents need an image makeover one should check out the posts on the road bike forum.
OTHER RIDERS ARE GOING TO LAUGH AT YOU.
It doesn't matter what kind of bike you ride or don't ride, what kind of clothes you wear or don't wear, Whether or not you wave at other riders, there will always be a group of riders who are going to skoff at you. Always. It's true of safety bicycle riders, it's true of recumbent riders too.
At least on a bent after 50 miles the riders are still smiling.
I suppose one could take that as mean spirited, but I don't think so. Actually, I kind of like it. We bike riders do a lot of bantering back and forth about the evolution of man and the like.
Recumbents don't need an image makeover. Some recumbent riders just take themselves way too seriously.
This weekend my daughter is taking my recumbent to a park with some friends so they can try to learn to ride it. There are all regular riders. In fact, she and her friends are bicycle delivery riders for various companies. If course they don't ride 'bents at work; 'bents are not well suited for hop-on hop-off riding.
The trouble they have is in no way related to the image of recumbent bicycles; rather, that recumbents have a hard learning curve. Recumbent riders, and proponents, need to face the fact that they are much harder to ride. I suspect that this is a large part of the reason that, in the recumbent market, trikes sell extremely well.
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