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jobtraklite 04-10-21 10:56 AM

SWB recumbent vs. pea gravel
 
Iím looking for information and advice regarding a Lightning P-38 on bike trails with pea gravel on top of crushed rock. Iím a recumbent newbie, but no stranger to bike touring.

How about trails that are usually in good condition such as Great Allegheny Passage, Erie Canal between Lockport and Rochester (New Yorkers call it stone dust), and the Katy Trail (unless thereís been flooding)?

How about state trails in Wisconsin and Michigan that are not always maintained as well?

VegasTriker 04-10-21 12:33 PM

It might depend on what tires and wheels you have on your bike. I own an Haluzak Horizon SWB that uses a 20 X 1.35" Primo Comet tire rated for 100 psi. I tried it on a loose gravel road here in Nevada just one time and it was miserable. I managed to crash it because it was so hard to steer under those conditions. It's a great bike for riding pavement but definitely not for off road.

jobtraklite 04-10-21 01:03 PM


Originally Posted by VegasTriker (Post 22008887)
It might depend on what tires and wheels you have on your bike. I own an Haluzak Horizon SWB that uses a 20 X 1.35" Primo Comet tire rated for 100 psi. I tried it on a loose gravel road here in Nevada just one time and it was miserable. I managed to crash it because it was so hard to steer under those conditions. It's a great bike for riding pavement but definitely not for off road.

Oops. I forgot to mention 27x1 1 1/4 rear and 16x1 3/8 front.

Bike trails I have in mind are not like gravel roads. We have those is Illinois; and I hate to ride them with even mountain bike tires. The bike trails I am thinking of might have some loose gravel when a new load is dumped on them. But it soon sinks in, leaving a fairly hard surface.

Also, I not sure what the term "off road" includes. When I hear it, I think of mountain biking.

Palmer 04-12-21 03:35 AM

The crushed limestone trails (like the GAP) shouldn't be a problem. I've seen several recumbents, both LWB and SWB, on such trails. The pea gravel might be a different story. I've done some short stretches on similar surfaces with my Bachetta. I got through, but it wasn't much fun.

Harhir 04-13-21 09:29 AM

I don't mind riding my SWB recumbent on packed or crushed trails. Also dried dirt trails or roads are fine. But I do not like loose gravel at all. Same with mud. It is too hard to keep the balance if you start sliding.

fooferdoggie 04-13-21 10:02 AM

ya its the same on our tandem that front wheel likes to slide.

jobtraklite 04-14-21 10:32 AM


Originally Posted by Palmer (Post 22010697)
The crushed limestone trails (like the GAP) shouldn't be a problem. I've seen several recumbents, both LWB and SWB, on such trails. The pea gravel might be a different story. I've done some short stretches on similar surfaces with my Bachetta. I got through, but it wasn't much fun.

I think you've answered my question. It's trails like the GAP that I am interested in.


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