Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
Bikes: Trek 520, Lightfoot Ranger, Trek 4500
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Originally Posted by Canadiense
The point is that if you are staying on pavement the recumbent will do very well. I planned to go to South America and do the Careterra Austral so they counseled me against a recumbent for that portion only.
I have heard that recumbents are slower on the uphill portions but superfast on the downhills.
Topics of recumbents can get religious
, but there are also recumbents that can do better on non-sealed roads and people who will tour recumbent bikes in some pretty amazing places. I'm not particularly dogmatic, though do own two recumbents.
I did a nice tour from Fort Collins to Cedar Rapids, IA one fourth of July week on my EZ Racer long wheelbase recumbent. It was a mostly flat nine day, 850 mile ride and the bike worked very well for this ride through Colorado, Wyoming Nebraska, Iowa. I've also ridden long wheelbase recumbents on two Ride the Rockies (of 4 I've ridden) and a few other rides that weren't exactly flat. On average, I'm slightly faster overall on my recumbents than normal bikes: slightly slower on the up, but faster on the flat and more confident/faster on the downhills.
I seriously considered touring my ride across Russia on a long wheelbase recumbent and had a Lightfoot Ranger: http://www.bicycleman.com/recumbents...oot-ranger.htm
commissioned for the ride. This bike is sold as a recumbent mountain bike. It would have done ok on the roads including some ugly unsealed roads in Russia.
The reason I rode another bike (Trek 520) instead on the ride across Russia was that in my shakedown ride and other ride itself, I started to figure that flying with such a large bike and bringing it into/out of small hotels and other places would have been much more awkward than my Trek. There are sometimes issues with bringing bikes in some of those hotels and a huge bike would only have made it more difficult.
So overall, I'll still ride most anywhere in developed world with a long wheelbase recumbent, but for flying or some third-world touring I've done and am dreaming of, I'll prefer a normal bike over my recumbents. But like I said, some of these topics can be religious and others will have different strains of that religion than I.