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    Too many misconceptions being posted here by those who scorn recumbents.

    I do sit in a seat and do so precisely to eliminate weight on my hands, pressure on my shoulders, or on my neck. All of the weight is not centered on a small part on my butt because the trike I currently ride has a 25 degree seat angle. It is laid back enough to spread the weight out across most of my body, principally my butt and back. It truly is like riding in a comfortable lawn chair. Sometimes when I finish a long ride I sit in it to relax before getting up. Only one of my three trikes has a head rest and it does not create any discomfort on an extended ride. It positions my head perfectly to look through my progressive eyeglass lenses. I've never made any changes to a recumbent seat in order to make it more comfortable.
    Somewhere I have a picture taken of me years ago about half way on a metric century ride on a very high quality road bike (Motobecane Le Champion). There's no smile on my face, just a look of grim determination. I think that's why it made it into the local newspaper reporting on the event. That's not how I feel these days after riding the same distance. By the way, my trike will climb hills quite well. I've never walked it up even the steepest hill in my area. They weren't fun at first but now that I have developed my "trike legs" I just consider them part of the ride and don't go out of my way to avoid them. Sure is fun going back down.

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    When I first started riding as an adult, I bought a $100 mountain bike. The seat on it felt like sitting on a 2x4. I assumed it was because it was small. So I bought a $20 cruiser seat and stuck it on there and all was good, seatwise.
    Then I went to a Worksman cruiser. Of course, it came with a comfy cruiser seat and all was good.
    Then I bought a Raleigh Sojourn. It came with a Brooks pre-aged B17. It was a lot narrower than the cruiser seats but just as comfortable. Getting it, I realized the seat on that $100 mountain bike was uncomfortable because it was a piece of crap, not because it was narrow.
    There seem to be plenty of people that are perfectly comfortable on conventional bike seats and also plenty of people that are convinced that no one could ever be comfortable on any bike seat. I see no way to reconcile the two groups. I assume a good many of the no-way-on-any-seat people just haven't tried the right seat, but there's not much of a way to show that.

    One of our local recumbent riders occasionally has problems with knee pain on long rides.
    One of our local recumbent riders occasionally has hot-foot problems.
    So they are not necessarily a cure to every problem.

    I know some fast recumbent riders and some slow recumbent riders. I only know two people that have switched from upright to recumbent, and they are both slower than they were on uprights. So I don't know if that's a general trend or not. If so, then the fast recumbent riders must have really been something on upright bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
    ... I assume a good many of the no-way-on-any-seat people just haven't tried the right seat, but there's not much of a way to show that.
    I'm one of the ones who never found any seat fully comfortable; the best ones were *bearable.* While it's possible I never found the "right seat," it wasn't for lack of trying. I once heard someone (an upright rider, BTW,) describe how to find the right saddle:

    "Put $600 in your new saddle account and start buying saddles. When you run out of money, add another $600. Repeat until you find one you like. It will be discontinued; so when it wears out you get to start the process all over again."

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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
    I know some fast recumbent riders and some slow recumbent riders. I only know two people that have switched from upright to recumbent, and they are both slower than they were on uprights. So I don't know if that's a general trend or not. If so, then the fast recumbent riders must have really been something on upright bikes.
    I've always been consistently faster on the bent than on the upright. With the latest bike, a lot faster. I think it has to do with when you started riding them. Not too many young folks on bents, but those that are are pretty fast in my experience. Also, the interesting effect that riding a bent will make you faster on a DF but not the other way 'round.
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    Quote Originally Posted by delcrossv View Post
    I've always been consistently faster on the bent than on the upright.
    It took me most of the first year to get my former speed back. Then I got into fairings, followed by speedier bents. Some folks never progress beyond that first phase, and of course not all bents are speedier than an upright road bike. Bent speed capabilities run the gamut, from slow to fast -- just like upright bikes do. Comparing my best speeds from my Trek road bike (when I was 15 years younger,) and my current crop of recumbents, I am anywhere from 3 to 6 mph faster on the bents - without fairings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    It took me most of the first year to get my former speed back. Then I got into fairings, followed by speedier bents. Some folks never progress beyond that first phase, and of course not all bents are speedier than an upright road bike. Bent speed capabilities run the gamut, from slow to fast -- just like upright bikes do. Comparing my best speeds from my Trek road bike (when I was 15 years younger,) and my current crop of recumbents, I am anywhere from 3 to 6 mph faster on the bents - without fairings.
    It took me two years, but I'm now about 2-5 mph faster on average than I was on my roadbike. The bent weight is slightly heavier than my old roadbike, but by the time I put all the stuff on for daily commuting, I suspect they are very close to the same weight, so I don't think it's that. My bent has consistently been faster on the flats and downhill, but I've just in the past couple months got to where my average is higher than my DF averages.

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    Faster or slower really isnt the point. The question is are you enjoying a bike ride that is free of pain, especially on longer rides? Again IMO pain is for fools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
    The question is are you enjoying a bike ride that is free of pain, especially on longer rides? Again IMO pain is for fools.
    Seat pain was rarely an issue for me on a DF, neck pain was sometimes an issue but I usually handled it.

    Quote Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
    Faster or slower really isnt the point.
    For me it was/is. I love the increased efficiency. Where I used to cruise at 16-18 mph, I'm now consistently over 20. On hills where I hit 45mph, I now go over 50 - consistently. I actually had to buy new sunglasses to go over my small prescription glasses because the added speed made my eyes water & I had difficulty seeing the road. I totally love it.

    Recumbents might not be for everyone as earlier comments demonstrate but I've been riding DFs for over 30 years (road & mtb) & my main regret is that I didn't try a bent sooner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
    Faster or slower really isnt the point. The question is are you enjoying a bike ride that is free of pain, especially on longer rides? Again IMO pain is for fools.
    I can agree 100% with that.

    On the other hand, I have no idea how much tushie or neck discomfort other people are feeling. I can only assume that, if the pain got severe enough, they'd make some kind of change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
    Just to stir things up a bit, I ask just who do they think they are kidding. In the DF vs bent argument, how can DF riders claim they are as comfortable their bikes as a bent rider is? They are sitting on a narrow hard seat, and we are mainly setting on a lawn chair. In the argument DF riders seem to forget that most of us bent riders have put tens of thousands of miles on DF our selves. From experience we know where of we speak.
    What year did you ever ride 10,000 miles on a bent?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
    What year did you ever ride 10,000 miles on a bent?
    Did he say it was in one year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    Did he say it was in one year?
    " bent riders have put tens of thousands of miles on DF our selves. From experience we know where of we speak."
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    That is 10 of thousands of miles over the many years of riding DF bikes in my lifetime.

    And that is right at 15,000 miles on bents since I began to ride them in late 2005.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
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    That is 10 of thousands of miles over the many years of riding DF bikes in my lifetime.

    And that is right at 15,000 miles on bents since I began to ride them in late 2005.
    These aren't terribly high mileages. It isn't unusual for me to ride 10000 miles in one year on a number of DF bikes. I am extremely comfortable on them, or I wouldn't do it. Some saddles don't work for me, but many do - on my four current bikes I have a Brooks Swift, a Brooks B17, a Fizik Aliante and a stock Giant saddle that I think is a copy of a Selle Italia. All are fine for the riding positions on the different bikes. I do a fair bit of touring. On one tour I covered 2500 miles in less than two months on the B17 and can honestly say I suffered zero saddle pain on the whole tour.

    The fact that you have been uncomfortable on DF bikes does not mean that everyone suffers similarly. The fact that some find it difficult to find a saddle that suits them does not mean that others are hiding a secret pain. The fact that you dislike riding a drop-bar road bike in a flat-backed aerodynamic position does not mean that I cannot ride upwards of 120 miles in a day in that position, and like it.

    I feel no hostility or sense of superiority to those who ride recumbents. If that's what they like, that's fine with me. You ride your bike, and I'll ride mine. But kindly don't project: I'm perfectly comfortable, thanks very much.
    There have been many days when I haven't felt like riding, but there has never been a day when I was sorry I rode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chasm54 View Post
    The fact that you have been uncomfortable on DF bikes does not mean that everyone suffers similarly.
    I have tried (on numerous occasions) to explain this to him.
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    Casual observation of DF riders at sag stops indicate that the ave DF rider does expericence at least discomfort. Add to that all the talk about buying many saddles and what brand is best reinforces the fact that many people are never really comfortable on DF saddles. Im happy that you say you are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
    Look at the DF seat. If you go to a well stocked LBS, or look in a cycling catalog, there are a ton of different DF seats. You would think at after more than 100 years someone would have come up with a seat that is comfortable. With all those seats available, it is logical to assume no such seat exists.
    Brooks B17. Your logic is based on fallacy.

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    This whole thing reminds me of the Mac vs. PC debate. There will be Mac users/recumbent riders on one side and PC users/DF riders on the other. PC users say Macs cost a lot more for comparable components, likewise DF riders point to recumbent prices. They'll say Macs have more limited software selection and recumbents climb more slowly. They'll be defensive about their systems and bikes, saying they're perfectly comfortable and have no problems. The other side will argue that Macs and recumbents have the far better user experience but often take their argument to the other extreme, claiming there's no discomfort whatsoever (look up "recumbutt" or see various threads about alternative padding, memory foam, Ventisit, etc.) or problems using OS X (Apple has made their share of blunders and seems to be more arrogant about the user interface after Steve's passing).

    The truth of course is somewhere in the middle. Nothing is perfect. Although on balance, Macs and recumbents are far closer to the ideal.

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