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    This. And it's easier to buy a red bike than to...

    This. And it's easier to buy a red bike than to get in better shape, so...
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    I have a friend who has one who really likes her...

    I have a friend who has one who really likes her Townie. Many people ride crank forward bikes and like them a lot.

    What I don't have a good answer for is if they'll help your knee issues. REI...
  3. I don't see how you're going to secure the car...

    I don't see how you're going to secure the car seat well, so this at worst makes it more dangerous.

    At best, they'll lose a lot of the suspension from the fabric seat, so you'll make the ride...
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    After a bike accident, I bought a tadpole trike...

    After a bike accident, I bought a tadpole trike for my wife. It is an absolute blast to ride (imagine crossing a bike with a go cart). They're so much fun, I'm not sure they're legal in all 50...
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    You don't say what your terrain looks like, or...

    You don't say what your terrain looks like, or what speeds you're taking about, but for those differences, it sounds like either you have really quite bad tires on the trike or something is rubbing.
  6. Thread: Wrist Problems

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    UCI racing, yes. Racing? No. And there are...

    UCI racing, yes. Racing? No. And there are several people who do mountain biking on 'bents.
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    That's almost always a good tradeoff, except for...

    That's almost always a good tradeoff, except for very steep routes (ask anyone who owns a velomobile or F40).
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    Now that sounds like a plan. :)

    Now that sounds like a plan. :)
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    Light weight isn't as important as aerodynamic...

    Light weight isn't as important as aerodynamic for high speed, nor as important as good rolling resistant tires at low speeds. Remember as far as weight goes it's the total weight (bike + rider +...
  10. Thread: Wrist Problems

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    For me, it wasn't flat bars, but a much higher...

    For me, it wasn't flat bars, but a much higher bar that helped. The suggestion for bar ends is very good. I found that gloves with very thick gel helped as well.

    And this was one of the reasons I...
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    The base rover is a very reasonably priced trike...

    The base rover is a very reasonably priced trike (well, for a trike at least) and is an 8 speed. That will be perfect for a track, but for hills, I'm a bit worried that it isn't geared low enough.
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    I find you don't want too low a gear as you can't...

    I find you don't want too low a gear as you can't get enough momentum off of a single stroke. (My low gear is under 17”).

    When I stop going up a steep hill, I have to get off the bike and move it...
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    I think you've got the right idea. ...

    I think you've got the right idea.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WP3DNPDKxOM

    Has worked well for my friends.
  14. The more aerodynamic the bent, the worse the yoyo...

    The more aerodynamic the bent, the worse the yoyo effect is. You can get bents that climb well, but you'll still blow the doors off during the descents.
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    No pics? Never happened. :)

    No pics? Never happened. :)
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    Don't forget idlers, too...

    Don't forget idlers, too...
  17. To add to this point: My recumbents are fully...

    To add to this point:

    My recumbents are fully suspended, which helps the unavoidable pothole significantly.

    On my Cruzbikes. I can plant my shoulders and lift my butt out of the seat. This...
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    You might want to try the regional forums...

    You might want to try the regional forums...
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    OK. Since we're now talking about differences of...

    OK. Since we're now talking about differences of a couple ounces, I'll ask: why? How come pedal weight is such a priority?
  20. Thread: NOOB Intro

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    You know what he meant. Organized racing where...

    You know what he meant. Organized racing where they dope. :)
  21. There are several examples of people who were...

    There are several examples of people who were unable to ride uprights switching to recumbents, then getting in shape and switching back to uprights. And many more examples of people who ride...
  22. Thread: Bikes we like

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    I thought about that... :)

    I thought about that... :)
  23. Thread: Bikes we like

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    Sweet!

    Sweet!
  24. This statement almost can't be true. For certain...

    This statement almost can't be true. For certain rims, I agree it might not be a huge difference, but particularly for thin rims, the difference could be significant.

    As you and many other people...
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    You don't really need to get more specific. You...

    You don't really need to get more specific. You want gears and you don't want suspension. The last piece is to get a bike that fits and is fun to ride. I've used folding bikes.
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