Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Done with Road Bike

Hi guys,
It's been nice. But I'm tired of sore palms, hunching over, high wind resistance and the stiff neck. I'm done with my road bike and have a really nice recumbent now.

Please don't ridicule me. But if you know anyone who's interested in a mint condition Schwinn World Sport, could you let me know. Chromoly lugged frame, immaculate alum. (or alloy?) rims, new tires/tubes, alum. cranks, new wrapped bars (foam tape). It's a really nice bike but I'll never ride it again. I hate the DF riding position.

toodamtall1@yahoo.com

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And the numb crotch!
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let get out some troll-b-gone.

Have fun in the bent forum!
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Originally Posted by World Tour
I'm done with my road bike and have a really nice recumbent now.

Please don't ridicule me.
Okey-dokey, have fun with that.
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What size frame?
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Originally Posted by World Tour
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Please don't ridicule me.
...

Thanks.
Isn't that pretty much inviting ridicule?

Also, pics of the old bike would be cool, as well as some more specifics (such as size). This isn't really the right forum, but if you could show pictures of your old bike and new bike together, and expand on why you have chosen the latter, that would also make for some good entertainment.

Good luck with the new recumbent.
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can we ridicule the Schwinn World Sport? A really nice well fitted road bike might have been a different experience for you. I imagine your bent will be a lot more expensvie than the World Sport.
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Also, what's with the "It's been nice..." leadin, and then a litany of complaints (any of which could have been fixed by a proper bike fitting)? Sounds like it wasn't nice for you at all, so don't say it was!

Sheesh.
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Originally Posted by World Tour
It's been nice. But I'm tired of sore palms, hunching over, high wind resistance and the stiff neck. I'm done with my road bike and have a really nice recumbent now.
Why giving up the roadie? These are fit related issues that can be easily corrected and wind resistance also exist on a recumbent. A bent will also give you its share of challenges. + it's nice to have more than one bike or do more than one type of riding
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And the numb crotch!
lol I hate all of this too and love it at the same time, but i hear you good luck and have fun with your new choice!
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Does the bent come with an end table or is that extra?
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will post a picture later from home. It's a 58mm frame. It fits fine, I just hate the DF position.
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That's small.

Pics would be nice. Vertical dropouts?
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Originally Posted by World Tour
Hi guys,
I'm done with my road bike and have a really nice recumbent now.
Not planning on riding any hills then.

Good luck and all the best. I'd hang on to that road bike for another 6 months though...there's a place for both in anyone's cycling repertoire. Thats why I've hung on to my full suspension bike and my hardtail. Since getting a road bike I've only ridden them about 15-20 times last year put together, but its nice to have some variety sometimes.
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Ft. Lauderdale has no hiills.

So a larger frame would eliminate my sore palms, hunched position? I think not. It's still a DF.
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Diamond Frame. Commonly used by 'bent riders when talking about non-bents.
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will post a picture later from home. It's a 58mm frame. It fits fine, I just hate the DF position.
That could be the problem right there. I don't even think the clowns in the circus ride such a small frame. You realize that's a 2 1/4 inch frame?



I think you meant 58cm, correct? If so, how tall/short are you. I have priced bents before, only because the LBS I frequent for extras carries them. They are ultra expensive...I paid around $3K for my Orbea, the cheapest he had in his shop that was a comp to my Orbea Road Bike was a Bruschetta (not sure if this is the correct spelling, but it was something like that) that was like $5600. I would suggest getting a pro fit (if you haven't already done so) and keep the bike for when you want to ride something other than the bent...

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Still rolling along under your own power? Sorry you're still a cyclist in my book. We have a couple of bents in our Saturday group ride. Of course we ride our real bike and let the 1/2 bikes ride along too.

Poor road bikes...have to put up with all this disdain. I never knew bents referred to them as DFs. We tandems refer to the standard road bike as 1/2 bikes, which they truly are when you get a matched set Captain/Stoker! Not even the bents can keep up!!!

And don't give this crap about hills. Again a matched set Capt/Stoker can keep up on the hills no problem.

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Cool. I'd hang on to the roadbike though. I find mine useful for commuting on days when my wife is going to pick me up (It fits into the back of the van a lot better when it has all our kids in it). I enjoy both but admit the recumbent is a lot more comfortable on long rides which for me means it is faster as I can keep pedalling longer without resting. Hills aren't that bad but you are a bit slower, on the other hand you make up for it in other terrain so unless you are climbing a hill and then getting in a car and driving away it all works out in my experience. I'm probably biased though .

Bent rider term glossary for what most people call normal bicycles for those who do not frequest the recumbent forum:

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i thought DF meant d*mb f**k
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This person is an emotional wreck, akin to someone suicidal who is crying out for help........




Ok, maybe not.
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Originally Posted by World Tour
Hi guys,
It's been nice. But I'm tired of sore palms, hunching over, high wind resistance and the stiff neck. I'm done with my road bike and have a really nice recumbent now.

Please don't ridicule me. But if you know anyone who's interested in a mint condition Schwinn World Sport, could you let me know. Chromoly lugged frame, immaculate alum. (or alloy?) rims, new tires/tubes, alum. cranks, new wrapped bars (foam tape). It's a really nice bike but I'll never ride it again. I hate the DF riding position.

toodamtall1@yahoo.com

Thanks.
Yes I know recumbents are faster than traditional road bikes. Yes I understand the traditional roadie position is hard for some to deal with. I understand all that.

Yet there is no greater statement of ultimate fredosity than a recumbent. Still if you can be a fred of that magnitude and just not give a **** what weenies like me think you're certainly a better man than me.

Just be careful out there....
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Originally Posted by World Tour
Hi guys,
It's been nice. But I'm tired of sore palms, hunching over, high wind resistance and the stiff neck. I'm done with my road bike and have a really nice recumbent now.

Please don't ridicule me. But if you know anyone who's interested in a mint condition Schwinn World Sport, could you let me know. Chromoly lugged frame, immaculate alum. (or alloy?) rims, new tires/tubes, alum. cranks, new wrapped bars (foam tape). It's a really nice bike but I'll never ride it again. I hate the DF riding position.

toodamtall1@yahoo.com

Thanks.
It gets a bit easier after the 2nd or 3rd week on a bike....provided the bike fits you properly, and you have the right seat.
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Yes I know recumbents are faster than traditional road bikes. Yes I understand the traditional roadie position is hard for some to deal with. I understand all that.

Yet there is no greater statement of ultimate fredosity than a recumbent. Still if you can be a fred of that magnitude and just not give a **** what weenies like me think you're certainly a better man than me.

Just be careful out there....

What about the Fred factor and tandems?
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