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Recumbant owners .......I got a question..?????(3 posts)

Recumbant owners .......I got a question..?????MR.GT
Jul 15, 2001 6:51 PM
are recumbants good on hills??
I live in south east Ohio, the foot hills of the Appilation mountains and i'm thinking about buiing a touring bike and i was /am looking at a bike E and was wondering if they are good climbers??????

thanks MR.GT
re: Recumbant owners .......I got a question..?????Akirasho
Jul 16, 2001 3:46 AM
... some recumbents can climb (of course, the main factor is YOU the motor) though they will always give up a bit to an upright (you can't stand to climb... but with proper gearing and cadence, you can spin up). In the case of a loaded tourer, the playing field is a bit more level... you could probably hang pretty close to upright loaded tourers with the right setup.

I wouldn't recommend the Bike E for the terrain you mentioned. You'd probably be better served by a model that has a higher bottom bracket (pedals) and a more laid back seat position (you can do the recumbent version of standing by pushing back into the seat... but this costs a lot of energy and should only be used for short bursts). Also, a longer wheelbase would add stability for loaded touring (Vision R40?).

I've got a couple of Visions, (R42 and R50) and have taken them on rolling to hilly terrain in SW Ohio... I've actually been able to maintain an 18+ mph average on metrics from Dayton to Oxford aboard said 'bents. While the terrain here is still a bit mild compared to the SE, I think both I and the bikes could handle a bit of it...

Be the bike.
re: Recumbant owners .......I got a question..?????MR.GT
Jul 16, 2001 3:26 PM
Thank you ....