New rider - would a bent be a wise choice?
I am relatively new to road biking. I am interested in commuting to work (20 mi each way) and recreational riding with my family and friends. No interest in racing (at least not at this time).
I bought my road bike a couple of months back, and have been riding it since. I am happy with it, but I find the posture a bit unnatural for daily use. I am somewhat fit, and I have gotten a bike fitting (and am following their instructions).
I have been investigating going to a recumbent bike as my main bike. They *seem* a lot more natural and comfortable... Then again, perceptions can be deceiving.
The purpose of this post is to ask for your expertise in answering/guiding me in the following questions:
(1) Would a recumbent be a reasonable choice for my intended use and location?
- ~20 miles to and from work, hopefully every day (http://ridewithgps.com/trips/1813403)
- don't intend to race
- looking for a relaxed ride that I can sustain day after day, while increasing fitness of course
- I *do* live in a hilly area. In particular, sustained slopes like this one http://ridewithgps.com/segments/Silver-Crk-Valley-Rd are common (I mean, this is hilly and difficult for me to climb on my upright bike at the moment. I do it, but I am winded at the top. It is probably a joke for most of you, but remember, I am a newbie :-)
(2) Assuming the answer to (1) is "yes", what type of recumbent would be most appropriate?
- LWB or SWB?
- FWD or RWD?
- Any specific brands or models?
Thanks in advance for your guidance,
PS: I will be test riding a Bacchetta Giro 20 next week
If you want a comfortable ride, the answer is yes
I'm one of those people who consider a recumbent a Godsend. Were it not for riding a recumbent I probably would not be riding at all as it was too unconformable riding an upright any distance. Like many on this board, I made uninformed, bad choices with my first recumbent. I've owned and ridden both 2 and 3 wheeled recumbents and finally settled on primarily riding a trike because I didn't feature the idea of crashing and possibly ending up with a broken hip. Still, many 2 wheeled recumbent riders ride thousands of miles a year without incident. I have ridden my two wheelers many thousands of miles with a few crashes and no permanent damage. Recumbents are certainly no more dangerous than DF bikes. They are a heck of a lot more comfortable. Don't be too concerned if the bike is hard to ride at first. You are new to riding so ANY bike you ride is going to take more effort at first. It gets better. Believe me. See if you can find a used bike or trike that meets your needs for the first one. Then if you decide to move up or on, you will be able to recoup most of what you paid for the recumbent.
I will not tell you which one to try. That's as personal as choosing a wife and I wouldn't suggest that to anyone.