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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by dontoe, Mar 28, 2005.
That's a recumbent, they've been on the market for close to 20 years. They're actually pretty popular with those that have a hard time with a regular bicycle seat. They're really inefficient though.
more difficult to ride than a standard bike so I hear. Not in the whole balance aspect but works the legs more.
Hippies/barkeaters all over the place on those around here. It seems that you have to wear Birkenstocks in order to ride one though.
Never seen one of them new fangled what'chamucallits round these here parts!!!
I do have a nice aluminum mountain bike I use when canoeing. I park the truck where we are going to come out at and ride the bike back to the launching point and either hide it under camo net or if the river ain't to rough, just throw it in the middle of the canoe!
They are also pretty spendy. Expect to pay at least 1K for one
That's a "bikeE" or clone of one. Recumbents are more efficient than a 'normal' bike b/c you can push against more than your own weight. Have a look at the Human Powered Vehicle contests for colleges, nary a 'std' bike to be found - they're all recumbents.
Pretty sure they use recumbents because they're easier to put aero fairings on. They are not more efficient from a physiological standpoint, only from an aerodynamic one. You can't use your gluts to their full potential and those are the strongest muscles in your legs. Put a guy on a recumbent up against a guy on a standard framed bike and the guy on the standard framed bike is going to make the goober on the recumbent look like a tool.
10 years in the bicycle industry talking here...
too much chain...
Egads..look at the chain on that thing!--I bet it falls off or gets tangled up in your legs a lot...dont think I'd want one of those ugly POS!!..(and 1000 bucks? ).
Have to disagree. Isn't exactly easy to put an Aero on either design. I built the mounts for 3 years of CSU, Chico's HPV team.
Aero's of equal or near equal cD have been made for 'std' bikes. With clipless pedals pulling is the same, but pushing on a std bike leaves only the leverage of your own weight. Pushing on a recumbent lets you push against the seatback, essentially doing repetitive leg presses. With something to push against you can excert far more force than your own weight.
Whether any particular recumbent has the geometry to facilitate this is another question.
I'll agree to disagree, and just restate that if you take a recumbent and a standard "racing" bike and put riders of equal fitness levels on them, the guy on the standard bike would win just about any race. He'd also be less likely to get creamed by a car since his head is more than 3 feet off the ground. The goofy flag that you need on a recumbent so cars can see you detracts from the aerodynamics. Plus they're a PITA to ride, impossible to hop curbs with and scary when you jump them off ramps.
Can't argue against those points!
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