Recumbent Riders?

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  1. altozwei

    altozwei New Member

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    Any other recumbent riders here? We ride both trikes and bikes and are taking them with us on some trips this year. We'll be doing the Longleaf Trace this weekend and we will attend the Midwest Recumbent Rally in Wisconsin in August.
     
  2. Hoomi

    Hoomi I write everything the voices in my head tell me.

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    Wow. I don't know how I missed seeing this topic before. I've been a 'bent rider for thirteen or fourteen years now. My first 'bent was a Thunderbolt from Lightning Cycles, which my son is currently borrowing right now. Last year, my wife wanted to upgrade from her 65 pound EZ3-USX to a lighter weight trike. She went with the Terratrike Rambler, and twisted my arm into getting the used Catrike Villager our local shop had for sale (it didn't take much twisting - I've wanted a Catrike since reviewing one for Recumbent Cyclist News many years ago).

    This week, we picked up a used BOB Yak trailer to pull behind the Catrike, so we can start doing some of our errands by trike.

    If you make it to Tucson, you'll find we have a pretty active 'Bent riding community here. Ajo Bikes is our local Recumbent specialists, and the owner, Frank, is very good at making sure the customer is taken care of, rather than focusing on just making the quick sale.

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  3. Djo

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    I have biked for about 60 years. While I still use an upright bike for commuting to work and a mountain bike for trails, I had to abandon my road bike for long hauls. My wrists and elbows just could not take the abuse any longer. About a decade ago I went recumbent (or in the terminology of the cult, I went "bent"). I have never looked back. My present ride is a Rans Stratus XP. This is a long wheel base low crank bike. I sit very upright kind of like sitting in a comfy chair in the living room. There is no pressure on wrists and elbows and your visibility is similar to an upright. The only down side is that the beast is very long. This gives a smooth ride you can keep up for days and is no real issue on trails. Turning a tight radius is an issue and as is transporting it. I have a special long rack for the top of my car to carry it which works perfectly.

    Give up on the pain and get bent.
    David
     
  4. Hoomi

    Hoomi I write everything the voices in my head tell me.

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    The Thunderbolt is rated as a compact short wheel base 'bent, making it feel a bit more twitchy (at least when you first start riding it). As it was described to me, the LWB 'bents were a "Cadillac" ride, while the SWB 'bents were a "Porsche" ride. The front wheel on the Thunderbolt was about under my knees. One downside on transporting that style of SWB is that the boom extends well ahead of the front fork, so if you're using a QR mounting bracket for carrying it, you need to make sure you have sufficient clearance in front of it.

    The trikes present their own set of problems in transporting. When we carry both in one vehicle, my Catrike rides on the roof of the Nissan, while my wife's Terratrike rides inside the Pathfinder. Fortunately, the Catrike is a light enough trike that putting it on the roofrack isn't a heavy-lifting job, though it does collect a lot of bugs up there. Here's a photo from our trip to California for our anniversary a couple of months ago:

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    Glad to see this thread. I am a TerraTrike 24 Speed Rambler kind of guy, only been a year and with my physical limitations can't do a century yet, but building up to it. I have a passenger I haul around with me in a trailer made for little kids and he loves it. My passenger of course is Bear, my miniature Schnauzer. It adds some more weight and rolling resistance as part of my training and he enjoys it. Win Win! I have hopes of making the Hostell Rally in August and hope to have enough stamina to make most of the rides.
    When my life slows down I will post a picture of us on the trails.
    Dave
     
  6. Rodger D.

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    Hola Yo'll

    The first recumbent that I ever saw was a two wheeler in Nijmegen while at a Walking Event
    that I was in and the owner permitted me "to try it" .

    The last recumbent that I rode was a Catrike "Road" and that was this week-end. It was a
    "test ride".

    A lil Trailer to pull is at a lower cost than a shops carrier they want you to purchase. It is also
    easier to load the trike on.

    The hard part to me is to pull The Pop Up and take the trike with me at the same time.
     
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    Hola Yo'll

    I'll call this my - Recumbent Up Date.

    I now have an http://www.azub.eu/folding-recumbent-trike-azub-t-tris/ and it is A Folder that will
    go into our Pop Up or The Trunk of our Accord Sedan.

    If I knew what I now know, six months ago I would have waited for their T-Tris 20. It is lighter and
    about $300 lower in cost. It too will fit in the same space.
     
  8. Hoomi

    Hoomi I write everything the voices in my head tell me.

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    Looks cool, Rodger. Be sure to post your impressions after you've been riding it for a while. Would love to hear more about it!
     
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    Wow! wife and I both have trikes. Mine is a Sun EZ tadpole and hers is a Scarab, a Greenspeed clone. Also have a Tour Easy and she has an upwrong Raleigh.
    Carpal Tunnel got me when riding a standard bicycle, couldn't go a block without hand, wrist and elbow going numb.
    Have a Dodge Caravan with stow and go seating and two trikes fit just fine. When we take the tour easy and raleigh, I fold the handle bars down and loosen the stem and rotate them.
     

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