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You probably would like to try riding one some time, and wonder if they are easy to ride. Or perhaps you just decided to see if this article would explain just what kind of madness would make a healthy looking bicyclist climb aboard a pedal driven lawn chair.
Let me start right off by saying I use a recumbent and three diamond-frame regular bikes as well as a tandem. I like them all, and have spent enough time on each of the types to know the faults and well as the strong points. What are these things Recumbent meaning seated bikes have been around for quite a while, but have never garnered a significant share of the market.
The last I heard, they had just slightly more sales than Tandems, and you know how rare those are. Yet lately you are starting to see them in increasing numbers. Often they were, and some still are, assembled in garages out of pieces and parts of cannibalized bikes by guys with a welding torch in their hand and a gleam in their eye.
Today, there are a couple dozen manufactures of quality production recumbents in the US, Europe, Australia, and the Orient.
Out of this environment came a few bikes with very nice handling characteristics, a fair bit of speed, and a great deal of comfort. Comfort seems always to be measured against the alleged horrors of the regular bike seat, usually with dramatic exaggeration thrown in for good measure.
And yes, they are easy to ride, although in your first five minutes on one you may think me daft for saying so. They ride differently, they steer differently, starting and stopping is different, and climbing hills requires a different approach.
By and large they are quite fun to ride. The "Recumbent Grin" is the most noticeable attribute of a new bent pilot. That term "pilot" comes up often among recumbent riders because the feeling of banking into turns as you swoop around corners has much in common with feelings you get while flying in small planes.
Recumbent Variety There are a lot of different recumbent shapes and sizes. Once you break the "rules" and deviate from the diamond frame design there is little to hold you back from trying new designs and new shapes.
These are short wheelbase and Long wheelbase.
There is arguably a third category called compact long wheelbase, but the difference between this and the other categories is blurred and indistinct. These tend to be speedy bikes. Sometimes this yields a harsher ride as you are sitting almost on top of the front wheel. Long Long Wheel Based bikes have the front wheel out in front of the cranks like a conventional bike.
Such bikes have larger turning radiuses, and some of the smoothest rides of any bike.This article is well-researched and contains every aspect a balanced geothermal energy pros and cons list should contain.
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