Is this the start of a new Joe?
I’d Love to get BENT! Problem is… Here in China, I’m sure I’d be run over in about 2 minutes. Drivers here SUCK!!! Parking on the sidewalk? Sure! Driving against traffic? Hell, everybody does it. Need to answer your cell phone? Why not park in the lane, the other cars can drive around you. Bike lane is just another word for free parking.
Sounds like bicycles in China are used for target practice!
I’ve been riding ‘bents since before they were cool. Okay I’ve been riding ‘bents since before I was cool. I always have an upright bike for the odd situation that calls for it, but prefer the ‘bent by far. Recumbent trikes seem to be getting a strong following now that we have the combination of aging cyclists and metro bike paths. But you don’t have to be trail-bound or long in the tooth to enjoy one! (I guess cartoons like these always bring out the supine evangelists! 🙂 )
For all of their undoubtedly laudable benefits, one thing that recumbents will never be is cool.
Children always tell the truth (The Emperor’s New Clothes).
When I’m on my way thru the city there are often children who call out: “Cool Bike!”
Seriously, it’s a sure way for middle aged blokes to gain street cred! Just make sure you have answers ready for “How fast does it go?” and “How much did it cost?”
Oh yes – they’re not really significantly more difficult for motorists to see – but so much more noticed by drivers, who typically give you a wide berth while mouthing “What the %*^*~@ is that?!”
‘Bent pros: comfort, reduced aero drag, comfort, potentially better power from having seat back to push against instead of bodyweight, no temporary ED issues post-ride, Comfort. Cons: slightly heavier than upwrong, currently uncool, difficulty in carrying cargo without DIYing solutions.
Opus the Poet, you forgot a few extra points of comfort, but luggage is, like on an upwrong, implementation dependent. My Streetmachine GT “Panzerfiets” is designed for touring, and takes 4 standard panniers with no problems (and with the lowriders between the wheels and under the rider, the only effect on handling is glueing one to the road better).
The main con is lack of availability to try out (especially as they’re not nearly so interchangeable as upwrongs), and then expense if you do find one.
As for cool, I get more “cool bike!” comments than anyone on a World-Tour standard carbon fibre racer…
hhmmm… that’s odd. I could totally have written that reply. I have a GTe (also dubbed Panzerfiets by local rider Mikey). That said, my carbon fibre encore with dual deep rim hydro disc braked 700x23s gets even more “cool bike!” comments 🙂
Pros – hold most of the speed records. You don’t ride on your scrotum hunched over like a chimpanzee. Untouchable on descents.
Cons- banned from racing due to “advantage” and weird geometry. (Has anyone looked at a TT bike recently?) Aero advantage less significant in peleton. Some penalty in climbing.
I have a feeling if the ICU unclenched a bit you would see pros ride ‘bents in all the non-drafting events.
When cycling on my old bike my hands loos their feeling after 3 km – and 3 km is no riding! Some nerve were stucked by the neck. So I tried out a ‘bent 10 years ago and I am able to ride for distance again.
Free nerves in the neck! Look down to other traffic from below 😉 Good performance downhill
20 kg without any luggage! When it’s raining I’m wet o the bones in seconds. Extreme bad performance uphill (for a twowheeler, a 3wheeler will be better).
Con: Very bad view in narrow streets and gateways. So I ride my bent just if necessary for medical reasons.
Okay, it is a “Peer Gynt”, very long so your front wheel is on the road while you can’t see if there is a car, bike or pedestrian from left or right.
If Joe really wants to be incognito, he better cover up those eyebrows!
Glue some fuzz between them (turn them into a unibrow) and maybe people will mistake him for Frida Kahlo.
You can get a 9kg road ‘bent or a 15kg full suspension off-road monster ‘bent, so 20kg is a bit hefty.
They ain’t natural
Been riding recumbents since 1994.
Pros: TOTALLY DEPENDS ON WHAT RECUMBENT. For my Bacchetta High-Racer, faster on the flats and downhills, comfortable and stands out in traffic like a sore thumb.
Cons: Doesn’t climb as well as a conventional bike.
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