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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 'bentBreakfast
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 scootercory
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 ridersPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
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 funmazobob
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 efficientPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
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 nakedtmotz
Nov 29, 2002 5:16 PM
if that is what it takes someone to leave thier car at home and enjoy nature.