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Old 12-05-11, 08:41 PM
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Speaking of "What was I Thinking?" Ever click on Recumbent and wonder

Just for a second "What the Fluff? is this?"

Nice people.

Fairly intelligent discourse.

Not a lot of plain old crap?

Man. That stuff is scary!
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Old 12-05-11, 08:44 PM
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Life is much simpler on a recumbent.
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I bet I wouldn't have needed to try five different saddles if I would have bought a recumbent.
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Old 12-05-11, 10:12 PM
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A short amount of time spent reading the recumbent forum and I've already found a guy who uses a powertap on his:

I just switched from a DF to a Cruzbike Silvio. I ride with a PowerTap so I have some numbers. For 60 minute intervals on the flats, I use about 75 watts less power on the Silvio, and go about 1.5-2.0 mph faster. It all depends on what recumbent you're riding. Can't generalize in the way the OP did.

I am still way slower up hills, as I have recently switched and don't have my 'bent legs in shape yet. But I doubt I'll ever climb as fast as I did on my DF. My peak power on the DF is over 1,200 watts. Haven't managed anything over 700W on the 'bent yet. Don't think I'll ever see that.
They all call road bikes "DF"s. I don't know what that means.
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A recumbent is one of the bicycles on my list of bicycles to acquire. I've ridden several different kinds, and they're a lot of fun!

Just this past winter (August) we took a trip to Canada and visited some friends on Vancouver Island. They've got a Greenspeed recumbent tandem and let us take it for a spin around the block. What a blast!! Would love to have one of those!!

And then we tried out my father's Cattrike, and I liked that too although I think I'd prefer the Greenspeed tandem if I were going to go the trike route.

I've also tried 2-wheel recumbents, and wouldn't mind getting one of them. I haven't cycled any great distance on them, but it would be a challenge to take on a century or randonnee with one.
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i have one, i love it! kids love em, always get great looks from the people i pass. TONS of questions everywhere i go. I think the argument of what is faster is very played out. I ride it for my long rides, not sore at all afterwards. I don't race, don't compete, I do charity rides and long solo rides. Oh, and i'm 28, no gut, and am fairly in shape! lol I still have my road bike and ride it a few times a week, but the bent is quickly occupying up more and more time!
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A recumbent....
So, that obviously wasn't you and Rowan in Mornington today. Crikey! Horrible.
https://www.theage.com.au/victoria/tw...206-1oglq.html
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I'm a "closeted" 'bent fan: Never ridden one, but I really like the concept, I've seen a few models that are every bit as sexy as the sexiest DF road bikes, I think if I had a big enough garage and a buttload more disposable income I would definitely have a 'bent in my stable...

...but holy crap, whenever I go into the Recumbent subforum on BF it only takes <10 seconds to find some asshat bragging about how much faster he is than roadies! :::yawn::: What a bunch of losers.
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I ride both. I have a 2011 Campy equipped Roubaix Pro and a 2007 all carbon, DA equipped low racer recumbent. There is room in my stable for both.

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My next bike purchase is planned to be a recumbent tadpole. I think they are intriguing.
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The only recumbent that has caught my interest is a velomobile. Those would make a sweet commuter.
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These recumbulators think they are fast.
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These recumbulators think they are fast.
Some roadies do too. It can be pretty amusing.
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These recumbulators think they are fast.
On a flat course they are, my friend. The human powered vehicle speed record is 82 and change MPH set with a fully faired recumbent. Not so good going uphill, or so I understand.
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Originally Posted by pallen View Post
The only recumbent that has caught my interest is a velomobile. Those would make a sweet commuter.
I always thought they would be really nice, especially in the rain. I saw a batch of them in France, they can really move downhill. Uphill is not pretty though
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On a flat course they are, my friend. The human powered vehicle speed record is 82 and change MPH set with a fully faired recumbent. Not so good going uphill, or so I understand.
While not optimal going uphill, some aren't too bad. My highracer weighs 21 lbs with pedals. While not exactly a climbing machine, I get by quite a few roadies who don't expect to be dropped by 'bents. Mine screams going downhill.

Having said that, racing bikes are more fun when climbing. Aside from the fact that 'bents are generally heavier, you can't stand so it's harder to use different muscle sets.

There is huge diversity in 'bent design. My trike has less in common with my highracer than a BMX bike has with a road bike.
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Those recumbent look conformable. But I don't see many of them in bike stores. lol
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The only way I personally would consider riding a recumbent is if I was suffering from debilitating back pain.
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The only way I personally would consider riding a recumbent is if I was suffering from debilitating back pain.
Or damaged wrists/arms.
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I would ride one off a cliff. Would be a sweet way to die and would make a nice story for anyone watching.
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The only way I personally would consider riding a recumbent is if I was suffering from debilitating back pain.
This is a common reason for getting them, but in all honesty I find my racing bike better on my back than either of my recumbents. Being able to vary your position a lot is a big deal if you ride for very long.
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I think everybody should ride several 'bents... there are so many different kinds and they are all different. I put in lots of (slow) miles on one a few years ago (back/neck problems) and they are definitely comfortable and easier on the back / neck / arms / hands / wrists. I could come home from a ride with legs just shattered, but everything else was fine.
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The only way I personally would consider riding a recumbent is if I was suffering from debilitating back pain.
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Or damaged wrists/arms.
Or impotence.
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Except that they are so darn expensive. Or else I'd like to get a Tour Easy to do some touring even though I've never done touring before.
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