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Old 10-01-18, 04:54 PM
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Touring with a recumbent

EXPERIENCES TOURING WITH GREENSPEED MAGNUM


BACKGROUND

I have just competed my first long distance tour with My Greenspeed Magnum. I am pleased to report that the Magnum performed excellently in all ways.

The tour was a 1100km+ ride through southern Spain. We experienced all road conditions from AutoVias (motorways) to minor sealed roads, gravel roads, rutted farm tracks and washed out dry river beds of loose gravel and sand. I rode over some of the steepest hills I have ever encountered. The Magnum managed all these conditions with ease, climbing steep hills at very slow speeds and taking high speed declines with great stability and comfort. I experience zero mechanical problems throughout the entire trip.

MY PHYSICAL EXPERIENCE

I purchased my Magnum after completing several long distance tours on an upright touring bike. Like most tourers, I experience significant structural pain in my neck, shoulders, back, butt and arms. I was hoping that the Magnum would help reduce the effects and it delivered completely on that promise. I had no physical pains at all while my two riding mates (touring on traditional upright tourers) suffered considerably and required numerous visits to physios as a result. This result alone would be sufficient to justify my decision to purchase a Magnum.

MY TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

Prior to leaving I was very concerned about how the airlines would respond to the Magnum. Whether they would accept it. Whether they would levy significant charges. Whether they would insist on breaking the trike down and having to wrap it up in some way. I need not have worried. I flew with Qantas and Emirates who both accepted the trike without any need to break it down at all. I merely rolled it over to oversize baggage and that was that. When I think about the hassle I used to experience with an upright tourer (having to remove handlebars ,saddle, pedals and wheels and pack everything into a box) this was such a breeze by comparison.

I also found that the novelty of the trike caused many people to acknowledge my presence in very positive ways. Cars tooting and waving, lorries giving me a wide birth and acknowledging me with friendly toots, pedestrians staring with fascination and amusement and giving friendly waves and greetings. All of these added tremendously to the joy of the tour and I do not recall very much of this happening when touring on a conventional bike.

SUMMARY

If you are considering buying a Magnum for touring, go with it. You will not be disappointed. It is reliable, safe, comfortable and fun.
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Originally Posted by lidzau View Post
Like most tourers, I experience significant structural pain in my neck, shoulders, back, butt and arms.
Is this true for *most* tourers, or just you? I ask because if you post that to the General Cycling forum, you'll get 9:1 responses that riding should cause NO PAIN whatsoever. Which I tend to regard as a defensive statement that really means, "not enough pain to justify changing platforms (to a recumbent.)"

Glad to hear the Magnum performed well for you. I personally would not want to attempt a long tour on an upright. I like my comfort too much!
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
Is this true for *most* tourers, or just you? I ask because if you post that to the General Cycling forum, you'll get 9:1 responses that riding should cause NO PAIN whatsoever. Which I tend to regard as a defensive statement that really means, "not enough pain to justify changing platforms (to a recumbent.)"

Glad to hear the Magnum performed well for you. I personally would not want to attempt a long tour on an upright. I like my comfort too much!
Most applies to me and many of the people I have toured with. I am not interested in a debate with those in denial. Nor am I trying to convert anyone. I posted this because I had previously searched for similar input without much success. My hope is that what I posted will prove helpful to others seeking similar info. Thanks for your input.
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More and more long distance tourers are going to recumbents, because the upright seating position allows them to see the scenery. And many are using trikes because they sit when stopped, no leaning against something, or having a kick stand sink in and have the bike fall over.

And then there is the comfort factor which is number one. You can put in long days without pain.

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From your description of the ride, it sounds like you would be an ideal match for the world of randonneuring, check into that.
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
Is this true for *most* tourers, or just you? I ask because if you post that to the General Cycling forum, you'll get 9:1 responses that riding should cause NO PAIN whatsoever. Which I tend to regard as a defensive statement that really means, "not enough pain to justify changing platforms (to a recumbent.)"

Glad to hear the Magnum performed well for you. I personally would not want to attempt a long tour on an upright. I like my comfort too much!
Thanks for the review of the Magnum. We currently have a Rover for a trike and are, in a year or so, going to upgrade to either a Magnum or an ICE Adventure HD. My wife is the primary trike rider, with me still being on two wheels (for now).

I think if one's body is without internal lingering degradation or injury, an upright might very well suite them. But for me, I have the beginnings of carpel tunnel issues as well as left shoulder and hip issues. With that, an upright simply will not serve me over a long distance. That doesn't make an upright a bad choice and frankly, I see the appeal of a DF. But my 50 year old "dad bod" with lingering injuries simply can't hang with the roadies.
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Thanks for the review of the Magnum. We currently have a Rover for a trike and are, in a year or so, going to upgrade to either a Magnum or an ICE Adventure HD. My wife is the primary trike rider, with me still being on two wheels (for now).

I think if one's body is without internal lingering degradation or injury, an upright might very well suite them. But for me, I have the beginnings of carpel tunnel issues as well as left shoulder and hip issues. With that, an upright simply will not serve me over a long distance. That doesn't make an upright a bad choice and frankly, I see the appeal of a DF. But my 50 year old "dad bod" with lingering injuries simply can't hang with the roadies.
If you can, before you buy a trike check out TerraTrikes or Green Speeds. In any case go for a trike that has indirect steering.
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