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Been passed by a tandem, but never by a 'bent(11 posts)
|Been passed by a tandem, but never by a 'bent||Breakfast|
Nov 29, 2002 8:09 AM
|I may not be the fastest out there but I got to thinking about this after a recent post and I've never been passed on the road by a recumbent bicycle. This year I've got around 7500 annual miles on the road and I think I've passed at least 50 recumbent riders. Hmmmm?|
|So how many riders of conventional bikes have you passed?||Spoke Wrench|
Nov 29, 2002 8:50 AM
|Is it a slow bike when you pass a recumbent and a slow rider when you pass a conventional bike?|
|Hundreds. I'm not slow! 5 hour century rider (nm)||Breakfast|
Nov 29, 2002 10:26 AM
|Been passed by everything w/2 wheels, including a scooter||cory|
Nov 29, 2002 9:30 AM
|I always envy bent riders--they look so comfortable and relaxed, just lying back there chatting with their friends.
For the record, though, in a century in California a few years ago I was passed on a long descent by two guys on homemade scooters, chromoly tubing with aluminum platforms (or whatever the part you stand on is called) and 16-inch bike wheels with canti brakes. They were crouched down, reaching up for the bars and going at least 40mph.
|All Hail The Slayer of Recumbants!||Gregory Taylor|
Nov 29, 2002 9:52 AM
|You passed at least 50 recumbant riders this year? Dang. Have you seen a urologist? I passed a kidney stone a while back, and I know how much that little bitty pea-sized thing hurt coming out of my bladder, so I can only imagine the pain involved in passing not one but fifty full-sized bicycles....Sir! We salute you!
Actually, don't underestimate the potential speed of a 'bent on flat terrain or downhill. Yes, they are marginalized freaks, but they can be very aero. And 'bent riders are having a lot of fun, which is the important thing. Even if we are all laughing at them.
|Probably more recreational riders||PODIUMBOUNDdotCA|
Nov 29, 2002 10:43 AM
|Recumbent bikes are more efficient than regular bikes. Just look as the world record for a recumbant vs. a regular bike. But the thing is if your worried about your back and butt getting sore that you ride a recumbant... chances are you are your a recreational rider. Hence the reason you passed them.
|Could be true, but ...||Humma Hah|
Nov 29, 2002 11:01 AM
|... I've passed 'bents on the cruiser going DOWNHILL, and that's supposed to be the strong suit of 'bents. I've also not noticed them to be especially fast, and have passed quite a few and not been passed by many. However, I doubt that's the fault of the bikes.
'Bent riders are a different breed. Most formal cycle racing forms prohibit them (an early 'bent cleaned up at a bike race in France once, so the officials declared it was not a bicycle and was ineligible to race). So they don't tend to to attract racers. Instead, they attract folks interested in efficiency, or who have ailments that keep them from riding a conventional bike comfortably, or the occasional misfit who enjoys the novelty.
One of the riders who trained to fly the Dadelus aircraft on the epic 77-mile flight in 1988 was a 'bent rider. He'd probably have cleaned your clock and mine!
Nov 29, 2002 2:52 PM
|Ride with a recumbent rider in the Rockies for fun||mazobob|
Nov 29, 2002 3:36 PM
|on a recent tour in the western US I took a recumbent (Haluzak) and got the living crapped scarred out of me! I overtook several seasoned racer and one of them gave me a wonderful compliment. After passing her on the Clarkston Grade we met at the bottom and she said "it's bad enough that I got passed by an old man of 50, but on a funny bike to boot". Just think what recumbents would be like if a world class cyclist like Armstrong rode one! As mentioned above many are slow and easy, but some of us are "Hell on Wheels"|
|Cus recumbents are more efficient||PODIUMBOUNDdotCA|
Nov 30, 2002 1:51 PM
|Its basically like comparing a leg press to a squat. The average person can probably leg press twice their squat. Hence in the recumbent position you are more efficient. Once again why is the world speed record for a bike a recumbent? Hmmm...
|re: Does it make a difference-ride naked||tmotz|
Nov 29, 2002 5:16 PM
|if that is what it takes someone to leave thier car at home and enjoy nature.|| |