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Old 10-15-06, 02:50 PM   #1
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pain in the neck...

im just wondering, how come recumbent bikes dont have headrests? i build/ride wooden streetluge and classic luge. we lie flat on our backs, and have to hold or heads up. holding my head up on the classic luge (no head rest allowed) after about 1 mile my neck is killing me, especially with the weight of a full faced motorcyle helmet on my head. i know bicycle helmets are light, but dont your necks get tired? just wondering, fast eddie outty
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most of them have headrests available, for those models that have any real incline in the seat angle. My street luge (optima baron) reclines back to somewhere around 22-23* I think, and I have no problems holding my head up. When I ride more extremely reclined lowracers, a headrest definately helps.
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I have a couple of friends who have the Optima Baron and they have installed headrests. I am now in the process of fabricating one for my Challenge Hurricane. 'Cause without it, it IS a pain in the neck!
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Mever have had any neck pain while riding my Vision R40 & it is reclined back as far as it will go. Now on my old wedgie I had neck pain after almost every ride. Go figure a recumbent would solve the problem.
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Most recumbents aren't reclined nearly as much as a street luge, and a headrest isn't even necessary. Most of them sill have one available as an option, though. Recumbents with more extreme seating angles, such as lowracers and some trikes, do have a headrest that comes as standard equipment.
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Neck rests

Just make a neck rest - really not that hard. I've attached several photos of Sun Tad trikes with neckrests made from automotive headrests and plastic or aluminum tube (recommended!). Two sections of aluminum tube with an ID just a little larger than the OD of the rods attached to the automotive headrest. Flatten one end of each aluminum tube and drill a hole just a little larger than the OD of the bolt used to secure the seatback adjusting tubes. Seatback and headrest tubes holes lined up and bolted to the same eyelet that the seatback tube used. Secure headrest rods to upper frame of seat using zip ties. You can make the headrest adjustable if you drill holes in the lower aluminum tube you made and use a short quick release (1"). I didn't use an automotive headrest on my trike, I used two pieces of copper tube and two copper 'els' and another short copper tube as wide as I figured the back of my neck/melon was. Wound foam around as a pad. Works well, but I do not have pictures.

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