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Old 07-06-05, 03:00 PM
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Curious ... do any of you recumbant folks swap and ride your upright now and then? If so, how often/frequently? And, what are the quibbles you have or notice when switching between the two.

I ask because ... I was introduced to HPVs / Recumbants back in 1991 and 1992 in Columbus, IN where they were nearly ALL home-grown contraptions. And, many folks built shells for them and raced in crit-like ovals in parking lots, etc.

We bought a couple lightnings (I think that was the brand - square metal frames) that same year ... boy are those things heavy and terrible to steer!

But, I have several friends who ride (i.e. a EZ, and a Bachetta come to mind) bents and we get together every couple weeks to ride.

I'm VERY interested in getting one. But, I LOVE my Trek 5200 (old 1992 model). I simply love the whole idea of bents.

I think I WANT every type of bike ... as I have a upgright Tandem on order from my LBS currently.
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I still ride an upright tandem with my wife but have sold all of my single uprights in favor of my two high-racers..

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While I no longer have a road bike, I do keep my Specialized Stumpjumper for short jaunts. I have two sets of wheels, knobbies for the trail, of course, and slicks, which I use most often as I ride around town. Hopping on the Stumpie is more spontaneous when all I need is a quick ride of a few miles or less. For longer rides, though, I wouldn't dream of riding anything other than my recumbent.
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Originally Posted by woodcycl
Curious ... do any of you recumbant folks swap and ride your upright now and then? If so, how often/frequently? And, what are the quibbles you have or notice when switching between the two.
After I had my first recumbent, my regular bike was out the door in a month. I have considered, however, getting a new upright. But just a folding bike for trips...nothing too serious.
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I will preface this by saying I did not decide to get a recumbent because of pain or weight issues. I got one because it looked like fun.

Today I rode my regular bike (a Trek mountain bike) for the first time in 8 months to work. My crotch hurts. My elbows hurt. My neck I think is broken. But man did I feel like I was flying, especially up hills. My bent has a somewhat high bottom bracket and I really noticed that on a regular bike you get an assist from just the gravity of your legs. I also had to ride a bit strangely not having the same muscles in shape anymore. Strong hamstrings, weak whatever they are in front. It was fun except for the pain. I was wishing for something more upright, just like some old man with arthritis. Ready to go get a "comfort bike", but then I remembered I already have one--my recumbent!

I'd like to keep doing both to keep all my muscles in shape, but maybe I'll have to stock up on vitamin I before riding the mountain bike (vitamin I = Ibuprofen). I gotta find a way to get really fast on the bent, too. I want to fly so fast people don't know what hit them. I've been taking it way too easy.
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I ride both...a Burley recumbent and a Bike Friday folding upright.

>>And, what are the quibbles you have or notice when switching between the two.>>

Hmm...my hands prefer the 'bent, my knees prefer the upright.

In general terms, I enjoy riding upright bicycles more than recumbents. With the latter, the ride seems just a bit too, uhmm, passive...just sit 'n spin. Also, I don't climb very well on my 'bent...and I live in Florida with only the occasional draw bridge to crest! Climbing bothers the knees...and I try to concentrate on spinning low gears. In contrast, the Bike Friday is quite the good climber. The difference has been dramatic.

I'm on my second 'bent now, solely because of some numbness issues in my fingers when riding an upright. If I hope to head out on a long tour in the future, I may be forced to ride a recumbent bicycle.

Anyway...
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Sadly, my arthritic thumbs prevent me from safely riding my roadbike more. As an avid motorcyclist and a dedicated quadruped I really enjoy the balance, the road feel and the natural body position of a DF. I loath automobiles (haven't owned one for 25 years now) and find the typical bent posture too much like driving a car. But I can sure go a long ways on one.

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Originally Posted by woodcycl
Curious ... do any of you recumbant folks swap and ride your upright now and then? If so, how often/frequently? And, what are the quibbles you have or notice when switching between the two.

I ask because ... I was introduced to HPVs / Recumbants back in 1991 and 1992 in Columbus, IN where they were nearly ALL home-grown contraptions. And, many folks built shells for them and raced in crit-like ovals in parking lots, etc.

We bought a couple lightnings (I think that was the brand - square metal frames) that same year ... boy are those things heavy and terrible to steer!

But, I have several friends who ride (i.e. a EZ, and a Bachetta come to mind) bents and we get together every couple weeks to ride.

I'm VERY interested in getting one. But, I LOVE my Trek 5200 (old 1992 model). I simply love the whole idea of bents.

I think I WANT every type of bike ... as I have a upgright Tandem on order from my LBS currently.
The simple answer is NO. When I had more than one kind of bike (Proflex and Cannondale recumbent) in addition to my trike, I tried to give equal time but always wanted to go out on the trike. So, that's all I have now and do not plan on any pedaling without three wheels. I suspect those two-wheeled recumbent fanatics feel the same way about their riding choice.

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I look at my beloved DF, already promised to my neice, and wish I could take it for a spin or two, but then I remember how high and out of control I would feel, how unaccustomed I've become to ever putting my feet on the ground, and how claustrophobic the DF makes me feel. Plus how hard it is for me to get ON it. So, though I will always enjoy looking at uprights, and even envy their riders a little, I'll just keep rollin' on on my trike.
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For 75%-80% of my mile this year (approx. 2500) I will be riding my Bacchetta Corsa because I prefer it for road riding. Since I ride through the winter (Minnesota) and occasionally go find dirt to play in I get out my cyclocross bike and ride it. I am probably going to do some cyclocross racing this fall.

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I still have a hybrid sitting in the basement. Hasn't been ridden in almost 3 years. It's got a new chain and cassette, fairly new seat and tires.
But when I enjoy riding my bent so much it just doesn't seem worth it to even get on it anymore.
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Over the past 5 years, I've been through phases of giving-up the DFs for the bent and vice versa. Now I've got 2 DFs (hybrid/road, MTB), a SWB, and am getting a trike. I look at the 2 DFs and my butt hurts just thinking about it, though I have ridden both this season. Mostly I've been on the bent.

Now, after 5 years, I'm starting to focus on bents/trikes and always lusting after one or another of these. They are just such fun! DFs seem "alien" to me, but I think I would miss them if I gave them up. So they sit and wait for me to take them out! I don't know what the future holds for them...I try not to think about it!
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Interesting responses ... but pretty much what I expected. I, too, am afraid I'd give up my upright if I went to the darkside. My biggest gripe, though, is that the upgright uses different muscle groups than the bent ... and just because you are in shape from extensive use of one ... switching for a bit or a few rides won't necessarily be the same due to the different muscle groups. That would frustrate me.

I noticed that the old bents we bought back in the early 90's were INFINITY'S and were built by someone in or near Bloomington, IN I believe. Anyone else ever see or ride these? They were neat for their time/era.
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I've been riding my V-Rex for about two years now, and I much prefer it for longer rides in rural areas that I typically do on weekends. OTOH, I still like my old Dawes DF for around town because it's easier to see behind me, stop and start at intersections, etc.; plus I have a set of capacious saddlebags on it for running errands. Overall I've found the V-rex to be a nice complement to the Dawes but not a direct replacement for it.
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after three montsh on my bent when I finally got the df repaied from getting hit by a car i tried to ride it. it fel like I was going to fall over forwards. it was really wierd. plus the cranks felt really small and it was hard to pedal. plus the seat was killing me.
I would not mind somethign easy to hop on for quick trips but other then that I can't see putting enough time on the df to make the seat feel good.
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I'm back on a DF, a Bike Friday single-speed. In my case, I think I bought a recumbent too early in life, and wish I had waited. After I followed Rivendell's advice of raising my handlebars slightly higher than my saddle, I've been so comfortable on my DF that I haven't been riding my Rocket for the past 8 months.

I know I'll eventually end up on a 'bent - hopefully later rather than sooner - so I still keep my eyes open to the new technologies and design refinements coming out in the 'bent world. But I'm pretty satisfied for now.
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Depends on who I am riding with and the terrain. I go up hills 2-3mph slower on the bent, so if I am riding with a group of faster riders or on a very hilly course I ride the DF, otherwise I ride the bent. Works out to about 50-60% bent, 40-50% DF. I switch hit on rides alone, partly to avoid DF deconditioning, which never the less has occurred, especially in the saddle.
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Originally Posted by sch
Depends on who I am riding with and the terrain. I go up hills 2-3mph slower on the bent, so if I am riding with a group of faster riders or on a very hilly course I ride the DF, otherwise I ride the bent. Works out to about 50-60% bent, 40-50% DF. I switch hit on rides alone, partly to avoid DF deconditioning, which never the less has occurred, especially in the saddle.
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Interesting sch! That is what I would most likely attempt to do also ... but like you say ... the ol' rear-end would suffer without the near 100% DF saddle time.

By the way ... I'm a noob when it comes to bent terminology for upgrights. What does DF refer to?
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Diamond frame (DF), or standard road bike, and many ATB bikes. Also referred to as uprights, upwrongs, safety bikes. Steve
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Some people, of course, go to bent bikes and trikes because of health issues or whatnot. I was not one of those. I got interested because it looked like fun, and it is!

Now, though, I find it so much fun, that I sometimes neglect my DFs. (they are fun too, but different). I would never consider touring on anything other than a bent, however.

It's nice to have both, even though you may prefer one over the other. I may, at some time, go totally "bent". It could happen!

Here's a nice compromise for those on the fence:

https://www.ransbikes.com/fusion26x26.htm
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I ride my chopper style df's (they are IMO much more comfortable than most df's)for variety but the trike does the vast majority of my milage.
Has anyone else noticed that on a df cars will almost scrape your handle bars as they go past but on a trike they will give you 2~3 feet or even change lanes?
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Yes, I've noticed that. When riding my mountain bike they will treat me terribly, laying on the horn, revving the engine, passing way too close, passing even if I'm taking the lane on a twisty mountain road going downhill at their speed. On my recumbent they don't hardly ever do that sort of thing, or not to the same degree, and definitely not with the same hatred being expressed.
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I ride both. I'll admit I have too many bikes (road, mountain, folding, cruiser, hybrid, recumbent trike)... but I can't part with any of them because they all have a place in function and my heart. I get a little emotionally attached to my bikes. I've had no issues riding either upright or recumbent, and enjoy what each brings to me.
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I have a sweet all carbon trek road bike that I race with in triathalons, so as we get into the season for that here in Texas I switch over to it until the season is over. Otherwise, for any other riding where I want to truly have fun, I ride bent. If I could ride my bent in the triathalon I'd get rid of the road racer in a heartbeat
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Aikigreg, on a forum in Aus. I came across a club in Sydney that allow bents in triathlons, one of the other riders said he would be riding feeling great and powerful and then this lowracer would go past like he wasn't even trying.
Might explain why they don't allow them normally.
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