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Old 04-13-18, 01:47 PM
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A bike is a two-wheeled mechanical conveyance ... on this forum, usually human-powered. A recumbent is ... technically ... a bike. (but not really.)

Some recumbents are trikes .... but they get a pass because we folk who ride real bicycles are generous souls.
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Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
A bike is a two-wheeled mechanical conveyance ... on this forum, usually human-powered. A recumbent is ... technically ... a bike. (but not really.)

Some recumbents are trikes .... but they get a pass because we folk who ride real bicycles are generous souls.
This is a bike. (Really):

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Old 04-14-18, 05:09 AM
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There is a guy I see downtown sometimes riding a super-stretch low-rider trike ... he is almost lying down while riding. It is like the ultimate comfort-cruiser recumbent.
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What is a DF?

Part of my commute is on a dark green bike path. Yesterday, I'm heading south and a guy on a recumbent is heading north in darkish colored clothing. I didn't see him until I was close to passing him. The flag was useless and there is no way a car will see him when he is on the road. Be careful out there.
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Old 04-19-18, 05:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Classtime View Post
What is a DF?
DF is shorthand for a diamond frame bike.
Not a common term for most folks, but an essential reference point when discussing recumbents.


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Old 04-19-18, 06:45 PM
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On November 1, 2017 I was forced, due to a lingering neck injury, to go completely recumbent trike. Still have all but one of my DF bikes. My brother bought my most expensive DF for peanuts, but that is Ok, I got him on trailer a few years ago.

I find the trike a trade-off on safety. The stability of the trike (Catrike 700) eliminates possible crashes for this older rider. That is off-set by the visibility problems. I do not feel less or more safe, just in different ways.
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Old 04-19-18, 07:21 PM
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Originally Posted by steelbikeguy View Post
DF is shorthand for a diamond frame bike.
Not a common term for most folks, but an essential reference point when discussing recumbents.
I prefer the term, "Upright," or maybe "Safety Bike" (the design's official name) because "DF" might be misinterpreted as something else, which would be considered derogatory.
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Old 04-20-18, 04:11 AM
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
I prefer the term, "Upright," or maybe "Safety Bike" (the design's official name) because "DF" might be misinterpreted as something else, which would be considered derogatory.
So you feel that safety is best achieved with an erect bike? And see no possibilities for derogatory interpretations there?

I'd say you have to be a special kind of oversensitive to be able to interpret any two random letters in a negative way. I don't even want to ask what your sick mind came up with regarding the letters "D" and "F". (Just kidding, to make a point.) ....

People who know what they are talking about won't be confused ... those who don't will ask. This is a proven fact.

You just proved it.

I want to use this space to dispel the rumor that bents were invented to thin out the aging herd ...
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DF = Dorsal Fin.

Hah! just posted to see if I get censored.
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Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post


Is it just bent riders on this forum, or are most bent riders like this?
I see one older guy around town. Always looks angry & unhappy and I only see him on the busiest 4 lane at the busiest intersection in town. Always literally elbowing his way among the traffic, big pickups and 18 wheelers. Double left turning lanes lined up with traffic and he's right in the middle of it all...with his head 3 feet off the ground. Every time I see him it's ME that puckers up. Scares me to death every time. I don't ride my (real) bikes in that area.

On the other hand, if there was a sufficiently long MUP around here, I'd have to try one because they look like great fun to me!
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You know, now I'm wondering, do they make recumbent full-suspension mountain bikes? or gravel/CX recumbents?

"Hurries off to Google."

Okay, looking at the Revolution Defiance trike and Vision R-50, I can now say "yes, they do indeed make those." They even seem to make a recumbent folding fat-tire trike...

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Old 04-28-18, 05:35 PM
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I'd think a bent would be really hard off-road because you couldn't really shift your weight much. leg-power would be 100 percent of success or failure to clear obstacles, and a trike would obviously need a very wide trail. Some of the small ridge-top routes i try to ride wouldn't fit a trike. A gravel-trike on the other hand ....
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Originally Posted by David Bierbaum View Post
You know, now I'm wondering, do they make recumbent full-suspension mountain bikes? or gravel/CX recumbents?

"Hurries off to Google."

Okay, looking at the Revolution Defiance trike and Vision R-50, I can now say "yes, they do indeed make those." They even seem to make a recumbent folding fat-tire trike...
Yes. Check out Azub both at their site or on youtube. They're made in CZ but sold at the Hostel Shoppe in Wisconsin.
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Old 04-28-18, 06:23 PM
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The R-50 has been out of production for a loooong time. If you're willing to go back that far, many Trek R-200s were upgraded to full suspension; and with its dual-20" wheels, many bmx tires would fit.
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Heh. Blame Google. Those were at the top of links for non-trike recumbents of that type.
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Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
A bike is a two-wheeled mechanical conveyance ... on this forum, usually human-powered. A recumbent is ... technically ... a bike. (but not really.)

Some recumbents are trikes .... but they get a pass because we folk who ride real bicycles are generous souls.
Define "real bicycles".
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Old 04-29-18, 02:54 PM
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
Define "real bicycles".
Dude, if you continue to take my posts seriously I am going to have to get you Baker-Acted.
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Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
Dude, if you continue to take my posts seriously I am going to have to get you Baker-Acted.
Instead of saying "real bikes" why not just say 1890 antiques.
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Just this year I was turned down to do a Gran Fondo. Why? Because 'REAL BIKES' can't see me, according to the organizer. The guy who invited me to be in his team, works for the beneficiary organization and rides with me regularly. But the organizer is an old-school USCF/USAC ex-racer who, all on his own, decided I wasn't safe and therefore wasn't allowed in. After an unknown amount of pressure from the organization, he relented slightly and will now allow bents -- IF the rider wears bright clothes and uses a flag. Too little, too late. I'm still not doing it, although I will wish my group well.

That's pretty typical. I'm forever being asked why I don't ride a 'real bike' or being told I should ride one. So, the 'real bikes' comment isn't a joke, it's a sore point; and putting an emoticon at the end of the post doesn't change that. My sense of humor is as good as anybody's, but sometimes a joke falls flat because it's not funny. Especially after the five hundredth repeat.
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yeah ... more proof that bent riders need to relax .....
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This is what I want in my obit: "He died doing what he loved best...standing in the middle of the road arguing about how recumbent bikes really are real bikes".
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Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
yeah ... more proof that bent riders need to relax .....
Yeah. All you morons are too easily offended.
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
So, the 'real bikes' comment isn't a joke, it's a sore point; and putting an emoticon at the end of the post doesn't change that. My sense of humor is as good as anybody's, but sometimes a joke falls flat because it's not funny. Especially after the five hundredth repeat.
You mean like vvv this vvv ?

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Instead of saying "real bikes" why not just say 1890 antiques.
No one can respond to genuine inquiry and recommend any type of shorts, shoes, saddles, pedals, physiological disorder, aches, pains, joint issues, frame size, fitting, sleep apnea, PMS, prostate problems, pepperoni vs mushroom pizza, or the situation in Croatia without being told what idiots we are for riding antiquated torture machines and how, "if only you had a brain..."

Oh wait, almost forgot to add...

Still would like to try one sometime, just not on a road.

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