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Old 06-26-2011, 12:21 PM   #751
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Old 06-26-2011, 12:47 PM   #752
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So this is a serious question as I have no idea...in absence of a medical problem that prevents one from riding an upright bike, what's the attraction to a recumbent? I've tried them at the gym when an upright wasn't available (stationary, I mean) and just absolutely hated them. Just feels weird. But that's not a true comparison, obviously, especially since hotel gym stuff can suck so bad sometimes. *shrug*

But I'm just wondering what's better in the real world. I mean at 40 pounds you've got over 20 more pounds of bike you have to pedal, for one thing. So there must be something better about it...


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Like I mentioned before, it takes about 1,000 miles on a recumbent to get used to it vs. an upright IMO. Sometimes less if you are fit to start with. While true you do have a seat back to press against while climbing, spinning is recommended to keep from overloading the knees.

I think once one rides a quality recumbent, it becomes obvious to most the advantage over an upright. It becomes more about enjoying the ride and less about a competition. The Slipstream is literally like sitting in a lawn chair and riding. It's mostly about comfort and enjoyment for me. I can literally ride this bike all day, then stand up and walk away without discomfort.

True, this bike is on the heavy side, but it is built like a brick shithouse and is specifically tilted toward loaded touring. It excels at that. There are plenty of light, performance recumbents out there to race roadies with if one so desires.
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Old 06-26-2011, 06:04 PM   #753
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I have a long Easy Racer recumbent and also a Volae high racer. The long wheel base is great for 100 mile loaded days and is very fast with a fairing. The high racer weighs 24 lbs. and is quite slippy in the wind. Have done 2 centuries on that bike. Group (pack) riders don't really welcome recumbents as they can't draft behind you and you ARE slower going up hill, except on something like that lightning posted above.

Riding an upright for me is a no go with blown discs in my neck. Bummer as my favorite bike is a Santa Cruz Superlight mountain bike that I built up to weigh 22 lbs. Just sits in the basement
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Old 06-27-2011, 06:37 PM   #754
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But I'm just wondering what's better in the real world. I mean at 40 pounds you've got over 20 more pounds of bike you have to pedal, for one thing. So there must be something better about it...

I see nothing better about them " in the real world " .
I believe that recumbents hold most of the speed and distance records.
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Old 06-27-2011, 07:02 PM   #755
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Here's my Bacchetta Giro ATT - it was built-up with a carbon fork, discs, dynobub and LED lights. The aim was to build one suitable for brevets....and then build myself up to the 600-km distance that's time-limited to 40 hours.



I enjoy Mark Leuck's "Life on a Baron" blogs. For an old guy, he get down the road pretty good.

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I did 100-km on Saturday. Keep in mind that I've only been riding mine for about six weeks and still don't have my recumbent legs where I want them to be. My average has increased 13% over April/early May's average mph which was on a similar bike w/ a steel frame. That's with 700 x 32 mm tires too.

My first brevet is in Nov. It'll be 200-km and include Yarnell Hill. I hope I don't die.
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Old 06-27-2011, 07:15 PM   #756
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Old 06-27-2011, 07:50 PM   #757
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Yes as soon as the funds are available Dave is gonna make mine.
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Old 06-27-2011, 07:55 PM   #758
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Yes as soon as the funds are available Dave is gonna make mine.
My last touring bike similar to that one was a King of Merican from the early/early 80's very much like this one. Truly a classic.

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Old 06-27-2011, 08:28 PM   #759
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Cool2 PS.....the best reason for riding a recumbent

My mind is writing checks after a ride that my body can still cash.

Ride a bike, live longer; ride a 'bent, love longer.
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:21 PM   #760
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For those of you who have not ridden a recumbent, do you self a favor and DO IT! They really are a neat ride. I rode a short wheel, base low steering model. It was a blast! Especially when the road was twisty.

Try it, you will see why they have such a loyal following. If I wasn't towing a 3yo and chasing a 5yo I would own one.
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Old 06-27-2011, 11:55 PM   #761
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Old 06-28-2011, 06:11 AM   #762
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:57 AM   #763
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Those redline's are sick bikes.
If you like Redlines...wait till you see this one built up...

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Old 06-28-2011, 06:34 PM   #764
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What is the build going to look like?
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:17 PM   #765
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No pic I can find, but I'm rocking a redline monocog 29er, rigid ss.
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