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Why not ride Recumbents???

Old 07-06-05, 09:24 PM
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Why not ride Recumbents???

I heard they are better than uprights.
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Old 07-06-05, 09:28 PM
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They cost more.
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Old 07-06-05, 09:28 PM
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limited group riding
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aren't they harder to maneuver
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Pretty sure this is a troll... they xposted in other forums.
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Old 07-06-05, 09:30 PM
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duh....
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They're too heavy.
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Zero posing potential.
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Originally Posted by da_shimano_05
I heard they are better than uprights.

I don't have a beard.
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Zero posing potential.
depends on who your after. otehr cyclists mabye not but if you want the general population to notice you and give you compliments then the bent is king. seldom is the day I don't hear something like Man I want your bike or cool bike or whatever. whens the last time someone noticed you on a regular bike?
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Old 07-06-05, 09:59 PM
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Originally Posted by sunninho
They're too heavy.
only if you don't have a lot of money. thats the problem with bents right now to get light it will cost you a lot. a good carbon fiber 19# bent will cost about 4000.00
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If you want a recumbent, get a flyke...


http://www.americanparagliding.com/flyke.htm
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They cant go up hills well, are usually heavier, less visible in traffic, and cost more. Nice troll post btw.
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The incredibly long chain.

Can't emulate Lance by standing up on the recumbent.

Less Visible to traffic, unless you have some dorky flag or something.

Can't hop up curbs, etc.
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Originally Posted by Smoothie104
If you want a recumbent, get a flyke...


http://www.americanparagliding.com/flyke.htm
That's a very nice toy!

45 lbs device can lift you in the air? That's less than Schwinn Varisity.
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you can fly around, land, pedal to the gas station, fill up, and take off again.
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They look too dorky for me....and I get compliments on my bike all the time. I think recumbent and I think "hippie." I just can't help it. I don't mean to offend bent riders but unless, for some reason, I couldn't ride a "regular" bike I would never consider a bent.
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cause they make absolutely terrible work bikes, I cant imagine trying to do my messenger work with a recumbent........too many limitations
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I think they're cool, but I'd NEVER ride one in the city!
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have ridden many miles on both recumbent and DF. recumbents are:
1. heavier
2. more costly for same level of bike
3. more comfortable for long rides, good heads up position for touring and looking
4. slower up hill, faster down, maybe a bit faster on flats. overall speed will be faster on flat ride, overall speed will be slower on hilly ride.
5. don't give you the abs and glutes workout a DF will
6. not conducive to group rides
7. not as many local races, do have HPV events around the country
8. can pace line but not easy to find groups that want you
9. can't really ride with DF friends because of hill speed difference.
10. chains last forever because they are 2.5 x longer and way less angles.
11. are ridden by a bunch of gear heads and dorks for the most part
12. races have way more emphasis on machine aero than rider fitness
13. as easily seen on roadways because they are unusual and gain attention.
14. harder to seen behind, can't rotate shoulders to turn head, so most riders use mirrors.
15. good choice for people that can't get comfortable on upright or want a more relaxed position for heads up touring.
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