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Recumbents 101

Definition

You are in a comfortable & efficient cycling position most people call them "Bents"

 

History                            

They have been around since the mid-1800's

Safety                           

With the proper equipment and practice, you can ride them on any road or trail (subject to the limitations of the design). Safety flags help motorists to see recumbents

Comfort                        

No one should be in pain during or after cycling. A recumbent is usually easier on a cyclist's body (back, buttocks, neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists and reproductive area) than a traditional bicycle.

Happy Feet Tip : Adjust your shoe lace tension and perform toe & ankle exercises as needed to keep the fun in your feet

 

Learning Curve            

Like any new physical skill "practice makes perfect" because you will be using your muscles in a slightly different manner, give yourself some time and miles to develop your "Recumbent Legs"

Speed                            

In 1934, After speed records were set in 1933, the union cycliste internationale (UCI - governing body for bicycle races) banned recumbents from speed records and racing. Remember that a number of factors effect speed: aerodynamic design, experience and physical condition of the rider, terrain, etc.

Hills                              

Gearing & Cadence Are Your Friends - While a traditional bicyclist may occasionally beat you to the top of a hill - someone riding a recumbent will usually be more relaxed because they are not using their upper body.

Hill Riding Tip : Transfer the energy you would normally use in your upper body on a traditional bicycle into your legs by increasing your cadence

 

Steering                        

It is very important to find the type of steering (under the seat - above the seat - vertical) best suited to your style of riding, where you will be riding and the distances that you like to ride

 

Serviceability               

Most manufacturers of recumbents use standard bicycle components - they can usually be maintained as easily as a traditional bicycle

 

Transport                      

A majority of manufacturers have designed their recumbents to fit on traditional auto racks or have carriers available for their unique designs

 

Accessories                  

Recommended items include: clipless pedals, mirror, bell, safety flags. For advanced riders we also recommend a computer with cadence

  

Resources Used For Recumbents 101

International Human Powered Vehicle Association, Just Two Bikes - Jim Muellner - Founder & Designer, Recumbents.com and Recumbent Cyclist News

 


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