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I'm scared of recumbents

Old 08-20-08, 04:09 PM
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I'm scared of recumbents

Every time I see one of those goofy ass things coming at me on the MUP, they're always swerving out of control going about 10 mph. God damnit.
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Wait till one of those goofy ass things drops you - then who'se goofy?

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Old 08-20-08, 04:40 PM
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I never seem to find them around here... maybe I'm one of the lucky ones.
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Old 08-20-08, 04:49 PM
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Just look at them as a 3 wheeled hospital gurney for cyclists with tender butts.
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Old 08-20-08, 04:53 PM
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Ride your road bike...on the road. Reduces chance encounters with 'bents.
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Originally Posted by eb314 View Post
Every time I see one of those goofy ass things coming at me on the MUP, they're always swerving out of control going about 10 mph. God damnit.
What's goofy ass is riding on a MUP. Good luck keeping up with a highracer should you ever take to the roads.

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Old 08-20-08, 05:52 PM
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I use the path to get to where I'm going, not work out. Now get back on topic.
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Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
What's goofy ass is riding on a MUP.
--2 'bents banerjek
Uhh..yeah. Well put.
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Old 08-20-08, 05:59 PM
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Originally Posted by eb314 View Post
I use the path to get to where I'm going, not work out. Now get back on topic.
No point in taking a road bike out for this type of riding. A hybrid or comfort bike may suit you better...
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Originally Posted by eb314 View Post
Every time I see one of those goofy ass things coming at me on the MUP, they're always swerving out of control going about 10 mph. God damnit.
If you don't want to mess with pedestrians and roller bladers and baby strollers and other unpredictable contraptions, then don't ride on the MUP.
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The thing about recumbent bikes is that they can weild two "self-defence" weapons at the same time wile riding, instead of the usual one , or mounted single-barrel. Better weapons means more chances of staying alive.
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Plus you could mount s gun rack on thr back of one
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If you can't stand the user, stay off the MUP!

I have more troubles with the wobbly upright riders riding 3 abreast when I'm trying to go fast enough to keep my legs from seizing up.

I didn't see any particularly wobbly riding last weekend, even during the Light Parade:
http://www.recumbentretreat.org/phot....php?cat_id=42
http://www.recumbentretreat.org/phot...p?image_id=389
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Originally Posted by eb314 View Post
Every time I see one of those goofy ass things coming at me on the MUP, they're always swerving out of control going about 10 mph. God damnit.


ya man..

everytime i see one ... someone in the peloton yells ..


FREAK...


(in an Adam Sandler movie type of voice.)
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Its amazing how quickly the 'bent riders come out of the woodwork to lambast anyone talking about a run-in with a 'bent.
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Recumbents aren't scary, their riders on the other hand...
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Old 08-20-08, 09:54 PM
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they're dangerous, i had a guy on one with a full fairing silently latch on to my wheel a while back. never knew he was there till he overlapped me and almost took me out. i stayed upright and managed to turn around to see him sliding across the road in his bondo rig. he put a huge gouge in my still fairly new rear campy zonda. i was ready to kill the old fart, but he looked so pathetic laying there in his little aerodynamic coffin, i just rode away.
i hate em. period.
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they're dangerous, i had a guy on one with a full fairing silently latch on to my wheel a while back. never knew he was there till he overlapped me and almost took me out.
That's just crappy riding. Plenty of guys on road bikes are just as stupid.
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Originally Posted by Surferbruce View Post
they're dangerous, i had a guy on one with a full fairing silently latch on to my wheel a while back. never knew he was there till he overlapped me and almost took me out. i stayed upright and managed to turn around to see him sliding across the road in his bondo rig. he put a huge gouge in my still fairly new rear campy zonda. i was ready to kill the old fart, but he looked so pathetic laying there in his little aerodynamic coffin, i just rode away. i hate em. period.
Now that was funny.
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Originally Posted by eb314 View Post
Every time I see one of those goofy ass things coming at me on the MUP, they're always swerving out of control going about 10 mph. God damnit.
Heh. I'm probably just as goofy-looking without the 'bent.
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aerodynamic coffin...

that made me lol, really hard.
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Originally Posted by carlfreddy View Post
Its amazing how quickly the 'bent riders come out of the woodwork to lambast anyone talking about a run-in with a 'bent.
Exactly what I was thinking.

Every time I see one I think of Randy the Recumbulator.
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Its amazing how quickly the 'bent riders come out of the woodwork to lambast anyone talking about a run-in with a 'bent.
Exactly what I was thinking.
What I find amazing is that I have yet to meet anyone who can ride worth a damn that would dis someone purely on the basis of the geometry of one of their bikes.

It's the cycling equivalent of the assistant manager at Mickey D's. They think they're hot shti just because they're barely out of the muck at the bottom. Presuming they've made it that far. Most are just idiot kids.
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The ones where you feet are below your ass are fine...rode one myself...had no problems keeping it steady at slow speeds.

Yet nowadays - I pass guys in the new ones where you feet are freaking kissing the clouds...and damn the things are unstable....they literally wobble all over the freaking place when going slower than 15 MPH...

It has gotten to the point where I get really nervous passing them in my car on Woodside Road here in Bay Area, CA...

One time I came up on one that was wobbling so bad - +/- 3' feet of centerline that I literally cruised for a mile behind just waiting for the upcoming stop sign.....

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Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
What I find amazing is that I have yet to meet anyone who can ride worth a damn that would dis someone purely on the basis of the geometry of one of their bikes.

It's the cycling equivalent of the assistant manager at Mickey D's. They think they're hot shti just because they're barely out of the muck at the bottom. Presuming they've made it that far. Most are just idiot kids.
Touched a nerve eh?
I'm not saying all recumbulators are poor bike (?) handlers, but none of them near me can ride in a straight line to save their lives. And the geometry on some recumbents is pretty whack, like the 20" front 24" rear underseat steering with a short wheelbase. Ultimate sketch.
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