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Old 07-29-05, 10:56 PM
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What is the reason that makes you prefer recumbents?

I have met some people that use a recumbent for medical reasons, but I must admit they are quite few. Most of the people I know who ride a recumbent are just passionate bike riders in general who chose a recumbent after having tried other types of bicycles. So I don't understand where this myth about disabled or handicapped people using a recumbent for medical reasons comes from. In my country we have 160 users and more and not any of them are old disabled or handicapped.
The reason why I use a recumbent is simply because it is better: more comfortable, faster, more interesting and more beautiful.
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Originally Posted by erik forsgren
I have met some people that use a recumbent for medical reasons, but I must admit they are quite few. Most of the people I know who ride a recumbent are just passionate bike riders in general who chose a recumbent after having tried other types of bicycles. So I don't understand where this myth about disabled or handicapped people using a recumbent for medical reasons comes from. In my country we have 160 users and more and not any of them are old disabled or handicapped.
The reason why I use a recumbent is simply because it is better: more comfortable, faster, more interesting and more beautiful.
Comfort, fun and not wanting to be the same as everyone else pretty well sums up our reasons.
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At 57 years old, I had several problems with DF bikes. Low back pain, neck pain wrist pain and prostate aggravation. An easy sport limited ended all of these problems. After one ride, I realized that for over 50's, DF bikes are the wrong concept. In a word, it's; comfort. BECAUSE IT'S COMFORTABLE, i RIDE A LOT MORE. BK
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I bought a recumbent for comfort. I ride it more than I ever rode an upright. I do have carpal tunnel nerve problems, so the reason could be stated as medical but what keeps me on the trike is enjoyment.

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Old 07-30-05, 08:22 PM
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It's MUCH more fun. Instead of looking down at the road, I have the entire horizon in my sights. It's MUCH more comfortable on long distance rides. And there's the cool factor.

I don't have overwhelming medical issues. I have and ride my road bike and race in triathalons. But given the choice I choose the recumbent every time.
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When you look at a DF you can really appreciate the frame design and the details, how it all fits together so perfectly and efficiently. Then you ride and wow its fantastic.

And after you have ridden 10 minutes you realise, hey, this is actually all wrong. Its just plain dumb to sit this way and contort your body like this. Not only is it dumb, its unnecessary.

When I jump back on a DF aside from the ergonomic stupidity of the thing I feel quite unnerved by the twitchy handling and by being stuck up so far in the air.

Nope, I'm never going back.

As far as the wheelchair response goes, that happens because people assume that a standard seating position with wheels must be a device for the handicapped. They have simply never had the chance to open their minds I guess.

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Old 07-30-05, 10:51 PM
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Comfort, fun and not wanting to be the same as everyone else pretty well sums up our reasons.
me too plus it is different. everyone and thier dog rides a df.
I have never ehard anyone yell cool bike to me or anyone on a df. but I sure hear it (G)
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I like recumbents because they are fun and different. They make people smile. I also ride a regular bike, but I only seem to be invisible when riding that. Or else I arrouse generalized driver anger toward cyclists. Drivers seem to prefer recumbents!
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Old 07-31-05, 05:28 PM
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Hi Erik,

My reasons are simple: comfort.

Comfort was the seed. Now it has blossomed me from a once fair-weather rider to a year long rider.
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Fun, comfort, variety, the people, the "being different"...I really like ending a ride with a feeling of being refreshed, not "beat up". There are so many different types of bents and trikes too and it's just different and interesting. But bent riders are the just the nicest group of cyclists...I feel like I'm part of a "family" and that we share a big ol' secret.."bents are a blast!".
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Comfort, fun, oh yeah, did I mention comfort? The geek factor (yeah , I'm an engineer). And it got me "back on the road again". Even the local constabulary waves as I go by.
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Because my dad bought it for me.
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For me the initial attraction was the radically different approach to moving people on two (or three) wheels. I've always marched to the beat of a different drummer. Like 'bent Brian, I'm an engineer and when I really looked at the design concepts of the different recumbent styles, they just made more ergonomic and aerodynamic sense than the DF 'safety' bicycle.

After I got the new 'bent home, I rode 11 miles the first time out and returned tired and with 'rubbery' legs, but no pains or discomfort. The comfort factor set the hook since I could now ride further and longer than before.

After 3 or 4 rides on the bike, the friendly comments, the 'cool' factor, and the fun of the ride sealed the deal for me. I ride with some other folks who prefer DF bikes...and that's OK. As long as they're out there being healthy and enjoying the ride who cares what SOMEONE ELSE rides. Just don't rag on me for liking and riding my recumbent.

I can't see myself returning to DF bikes in the future when I'm having this much fun riding and enjoying my recumbent. Plus...it's DIFFERENT. Did I mention that? Different is a very good thing. Keep pedaling and DON'T wipe that big, stupid grin offa yer face! BBJ
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Old 08-03-05, 09:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Big Bad John
For me the initial attraction was the radically different approach to moving people on two (or three) wheels. I've always marched to the beat of a different drummer. Like 'bent Brian, I'm an engineer and when I really looked at the design concepts of the different recumbent styles, they just made more ergonomic and aerodynamic sense than the DF 'safety' bicycle.

After I got the new 'bent home, I rode 11 miles the first time out and returned tired and with 'rubbery' legs, but no pains or discomfort. The comfort factor set the hook since I could now ride further and longer than before.

After 3 or 4 rides on the bike, the friendly comments, the 'cool' factor, and the fun of the ride sealed the deal for me. I ride with some other folks who prefer DF bikes...and that's OK. As long as they're out there being healthy and enjoying the ride who cares what SOMEONE ELSE rides. Just don't rag on me for liking and riding my recumbent.

I can't see myself returning to DF bikes in the future when I'm having this much fun riding and enjoying my recumbent. Plus...it's DIFFERENT. Did I mention that? Different is a very good thing. Keep pedaling and DON'T wipe that big, stupid grin offa yer face! BBJ
I agree very much to everything you have said. I'm also very pleased to see someone on a bike irrespective of type. Ride on your bike and leave your car in the garage is my device.
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Old 08-03-05, 01:54 PM
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I ride an upright bike, but I definitely don't dig on the people riding 'bents. I think they are pretty cool. Plus, as long as whatever you're riding puts a smile on your face, who cares what it is. The question that I have is, are 'bents faster than uprights?
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Old 08-03-05, 03:50 PM
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The answer to that is, as usual, it depends. Mostly on the rider, but sometimes on the terrain, TYPE of bent ridden, etc. I am amazingly faster on my 25# bent than I am on my 17# racing road bike. And of course the landspeed record is held by a bent. On the TdF, I'd say an upright has the edge, but who knows? Definitavely, I sure don't.
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Originally Posted by michiganj.frog
I ride an upright bike, but I definitely don't dig on the people riding 'bents. I think they are pretty cool. Plus, as long as whatever you're riding puts a smile on your face, who cares what it is. The question that I have is, are 'bents faster than uprights?
And, outside of a sanctioned event, we would care because...? I outrun who I can, when I can. The trick is trying to look so casual about it that they don't notice. Because, if they think it's a race and start trying hard, I would likely be toast no matter what they ride!

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"What is the reason that makes you prefer recumbents?"

They are prostate friendly
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If you think riding a bent makes you a "geek" in the eyes of some DF riders, then go ride a trike...then you're seen as a "super geek"! Ah, the pain of "Geekdom"!

"Trike Grin" is bigger than "Recumbent Grin" (never thought I'd say that!).
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Originally Posted by michiganj.frog
I ride an upright bike, but I definitely don't dig on the people riding 'bents. I think they are pretty cool. Plus, as long as whatever you're riding puts a smile on your face, who cares what it is. The question that I have is, are 'bents faster than uprights?
certain bents are faster than uprights. lowacers tend to be faster. I can solo at the speed of "A" group pacelines
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Old 08-06-05, 11:30 AM
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Originally Posted by ChiliDog

"Trike Grin" is bigger than "Recumbent Grin" (never thought I'd say that!).

Chili - I've been wondering about that. Dang. I want one but I don't want to have to give up the bent. Guess I'll have to give it to myself as an AF retirement present. 1 year 7 mos and 25 days to go.....



I seem to get along on the varied terrain here and don't seem to slow the rest of the DF riding family. They may pass me going up some of the steep hills but I will fly right back by them on the way down. Most of the time I am the one at the front of our line.

My reason for preferring my recumbent is comfort, stability and view. I have Carpal Tunnel and issues with my shoulder that made riding my DF very painful. Add to that, I felt that my Allez was very twitchy and didn't offer me the clear comfortable view of what was in front or around me. My bent is solid and provides me the position that I need to see what's going on around me. I do have to admit to tipping over when I couldn't unclip fast enough to stop and point out a bald eagle that had landed in a little field next to the road we were on ~ I don't think I would have ever seen it on the DF.
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Rail/trails are my cup of tea. Not just bike paths. My bent handles the different surfaces well, unless torn up by ATVs. Since my hands don't go numb and my rump doesn't bother me after a long ride-there ya go.
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Originally Posted by lowracer1
certain bents are faster than uprights. lowacers tend to be faster. I can solo at the speed of "A" group pacelines
You forgot to mention Bacchetta bicycles in your assesment of fast recumbent bikes. Yes they build "highracers" as you term them but I prefer the concept of speed bike.
I have seen no evidance out on the road that stock lowracers such as the Baron or Jester are any faster than a Bacchetta Aero. Matter of fact I strongly believe that they are slower especially on a hilly course.
I can't solo on the "A" paceline where I live since that is at over 27mph with trek sponsored pro's at our little training rides. But with guy's my age and ability I am faster on my Aero than my DF bike no matter the course.
Hey ride whatever bike turns your crank but this forum seems biased towards lowracers and I just want to point out to anyone looking at purchasing a 'bent that there are other options out there.
Another option is an Easyracers Goldrush with body sock and front fairing. Just as fast as most any lowracer or dual 26 high wheeler. And it's old school but it still works for a lot of folks.
And of course I have to point out that a modern DF speed machine with a well positioned rider fit to a tee on an Aero bar can have drag coeffecients as low as a lowracer with the added benifits of an extra two power transfer points with the elbows on the DF handlebars. Sorry to spoil your lowracer parade with some facts. Lance equals 34 plus on a TT on a TT bike by Trek.

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Originally Posted by Magilla Gorilla
You forgot to mention Bacchetta bicycles in your assesment of fast recumbent bikes. Yes they build "highracers" as you term them but I prefer the concept of speed bike.
I have seen no evidance out on the road that stock lowracers such as the Baron or Jester are any faster than a Bacchetta Aero. Matter of fact I strongly believe that they are slower especially on a hilly course.
I can't solo on the "A" paceline where I live since that is at over 27mph with trek sponsored pro's at our little training rides. But with guy's my age and ability I am faster on my Aero than my DF bike no matter the course.
Hey ride whatever bike turns your crank but this forum seems biased towards lowracers and I just want to point out to anyone looking at purchasing a 'bent that there are other options out there.
Another option is an Easyracers Goldrush with body sock and front fairing. Just as fast as most any lowracer or dual 26 high wheeler. And it's old school but it still works for a lot of folks.
And of course I have to point out that a modern DF speed machine with a well positioned rider fit to a tee on an Aero bar can have drag coeffecients as low as a lowracer with the added benifits of an extra two power transfer points with the elbows on the DF handlebars. Sorry to spoil your lowracer parade with some facts. Lance equals 34 plus on a TT on a TT bike by Trek.

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Yeah and Lance puts out more wattage than both you and I put together to do that speed.
If you want to see if your high racer can beat a lowracer on a hilly course, come on out to the hilly hundred in Indiana this fall and have a go at it.
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And considering that Lance's heart is 1/3 larger than average, and his lungs are somehow twice as efficient, I don't feel so bad about him being able to trounce anything else on the road. I'd like to see how he performs on a recumbent, though up until now all his muscles are tuned for a DF.
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