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Bye Bye To My Road Bike (long)(9 posts)

Bye Bye To My Road Bike (long)ohmk1
Feb 4, 2003 10:42 AM
I finally have to retire my road bike. After many years of
dealing with psoriatic arthritis, I have to say bye-bye to my
trusty 1994 Litespeed Catalyst. I have bad problems with
my neck, wrist, elbows, and various other joints. I used to
race on both the road, and track(in high school, and college, I'm 36 now).
I've also done lots of mountain biking. I've had the honor to ride
some real exceptional bikes:CIOCC, GUERCIOTTI, POGLIAGHI track,
PARAMOUNT track, and finally my LITESPEED. I love riding, and if
I want to continue to ride, I had no choice but to get the "dreaded"
recumbent. It was either stay home, pick my ass and get fat, or
ride a "bent." It was a hard decision.
The problem with getting a bent is that each manufacturer
offers models very different from other manufacturers. It's not
like getting a road bike, where the main differences are basically
frame materials, and tube angles. With recumbents you have long
wheelbase models, compact long wheelbase, short wheelbase, low
racers, and trikes. Then you need to decide if you want overseat
steering, underseat steering. Next is wheel size. This is completely
screwed up. You have bents that come with 16 inch wheels, or 20",
or 26", or 650, or a combination of large wheel and small wheel.
I knew that what I wanted was something that was fairly high
performance, but comfort was a must. After lots of research,
some test rides and communicating with a bunch of people, I've
decided on a recumbent from the popular German manufacturer HPVelotechnik-the SPEEDMACHINE.
It's considered a "quazi" lowracer. It's unique, because it sports dual suspension, yet you can really hammer.Very aerodynamic, very
comfortable, and dare I say, not as "dorky" as some other bents.
OK, it's still dorky. Below is a picture of the SPEEDMACHINE(from HPVelotechniks's website)
It's an incredibly fun ride, and the suspension works like a
dream. I don't feel any pogo effect, and it accelerates like no
tomorrow. Headwind? What headwind? I have entered a life where
headwinds are minimized. Yes there are disadvantages, none of which
I find serious. Tougher to transport, but not much. Weighs considerably
more than a Colnago C40 with Campy carbon bits, but then again
I'm not planning on climbing Alpe D'Huez anytime soon. Different
wheel sizes, means I have to carry extra tubes.
Would I still get a recumbent if I didn't have to? Probably not.
There is nothing like the simple lines of a road bike. I would have
loved to have gotten something like a DeRosa Planet, but it would
have been a waste.
My goal for this year is to complete a century. This would have been impossible on my LITESPEED.
Does your neck get tired? nmSpoiler
Feb 4, 2003 10:56 AM
Does your neck get tired?ohmk1
Feb 5, 2003 6:11 AM
Hey Spoiler,

The seat angle of the Speedmachine is adjustable
between 25 and 35 degrees. The fellow in the picture
has the seat in it's most laid back position. As I
understand it, most bent beginers perfer the more
upright position, and eventually prefer the more
laid back position.
Apparently, the more laid back you are, the better
your weight distribution on the seat is, and hence
more comfortable.
fear not!JS Haiku Shop
Feb 4, 2003 11:06 AM
a local rider is in the same situation, and has sold his trusty serotta and reinvested in a pair of recumbents. he commutes and frequently rides centuries (including those in-the-middle-of-the-night-centuries), and is enjoying his 'bents in comfort and without regret. his view was that the riding style adopted for recumbents opened a new world of long-distance riding to him.

i'd love to have one, once my overwhelming upright bike lust is addressed. problem is, i may never reach that point.


post a pic and review when you get it...
re: Bye Bye To My Road Bike (long)outofthesaddle
Feb 4, 2003 2:03 PM
I am sure you saw this the other day but on the off chance that you did not...
re: Bye Bye To My Road Bike (long)gtx
Feb 4, 2003 5:55 PM
don't know anything about your condition, but this guy's method cured a friend of mine with psoriasis
Thanks for the linksohmk1
Feb 5, 2003 6:17 AM
I'm going to check out that book, looks interesting....

I'm actually starting a medication(a synthetic protien) for the arthritis, but I'm going to ask my doctor about Amevive tonight.

I really appreciate the help...
Thanks for the linksgtx
Feb 5, 2003 7:52 AM
I asked my friend about the Amevive and he said it was simply an immune system suppresant and wouldn't be very effective (in his opinion--obviously he's not a doc). He's convinced it's diet related for most people.

If your primary issue is chronic pain, you might also check out this book:

Good luck!
Feb 5, 2003 7:57 AM
meant to link to this Sarno book (read the reviews)