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Old 07-10-13, 09:58 PM   #1
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Recumbent did fine on a group ride


As you can see form my other thread, I have done on a few rides on my Allegro. So far I have put about 300Km on it.

Last night I joined a local riding group on a ride. I have not ridden with this group before. Like the group I rode with in the previous city where I lived, the group is hosted by a Giant shop. However, I was welcomed to join.
As most of these groups do, shortly after leaving the group broke into various packs based on the riders speed. I had no trouble riding with the fastest group. We rode about 30km and the first half was up a long, gentle, grade. There we were riding about 30-35kph. Then we took a break to allow all riders to regroup and returned at a much more leisurely pace. About the last Km we sprinted and I was still able to hold my own, while I accelerated slower, I managed to get up to 45Kph and managed to pass all of them.

In all, it was a good ride. I did not embarrass myself by having a recumbent. In fact I know I am faster on it that I am on my upright, and I was definitely more comfortable.
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Old 07-13-13, 03:35 AM   #3
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That's how Bents get an Image makeover,,,,,,
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Old 07-13-13, 05:20 PM   #4
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I see two issues one could have:

-I wouldn't want to ride as part of a pelaton on a bent.

- For hilly rides, aerodynamic bents are going to descend faster and climb slower for a given average speed. I find this somewhat annoying, but others may not be bothered by this.
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Thanks for your post.

I too have found that a recumbent rider can have fun and be perfectly well excepted by most groups. We can pose a problem for tight pacelines, but I never appreciated those on a DF anyway.
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Sounds like a great ride. I found that not only does my Cruzbike Silvio fit in great on group rides, but it allows me to keep up with the fast group...in comfort. Sure, it is obvious that some of the "hard core roadies" don't care for my bike, but no one has ever openly said anything derogatory about me or my bike.
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