Ride As Many Recumbents As You Can!

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Yep…it can’t be stressed enough. Try as many models as you can. Since these are not nearly as budget appealing as a department store Huffy, the benefits will far outweigh the difference in cost. Can I getta “HURRAH” on that?

Think Three Times And Spend The Money Once

10 years ago the prices rarely dipped below $1800, the only exception in those days being a BikeE for around $700. Prices have come down a lot, but don’t make the mistake so many make. Think twice, and maybe three times before buying just an entry level model, thinking you can upgrade the components later. Think three times and spend the money once!

If you don’t have a shop close by, then think in terms of how you want to ride. Are you going to be riding mainly in the city, through neighborhoods, sidewalks and residential streets, or will you be on paved bike trails and country roads?

For the city a SWB or CLWB might be your best bet, as they are nimble and easy to maneuver in tight areas and around corners. If bike paths and country roads are for you, then you might prefer a LWB that has a much longer turning radius and cushions the road much more than the SWB. Of course, a good seat will soften a bad road or trail, and that is probably one of the main reasons we love these bents so much.

This is by no means written in stone, because we are all different. I have seen guys 6’ 6” riding little low racers with 20” wheels on 60 mile rides. Go figure! Their butts were almost dragging the road, but they were in heaven.

There is always a “ringer” to be dealt with, and in this case it’s a good one. Recumbent Trikes! Without question the safest recumbent out there, simply because it does not depend on balance or really much of a learning curve to ride one. Add to that how low to the ground, and falling over is pretty much not gonna happen.

Trikes Are Some Of The Most Fun…

For those of us who have experience the “road rash” from going too fast around corners, loosing traction or an unbelievable blowout while leaning into it, well…trikes really don’t experience these things. That’s not to say there aren’t some daredevils out there that take it to the max and things happen. They do!

Trikes are some of the most fun and one of your best “bangs for the buck!” On my many rides on a trike, one of my favorite is the Catrike. For excellent in Aluminum construction, handling and most of all cost, it’s just really hard to beat.

In The End Ride Ride Ride

Now having thrown that “ringer” into the equation, you’ve got to ride one to compare with any of the others. Be warned though, once you’ve ridden a recumbent trike there may be no going back. They generally run a little more than the bikes, but at bentrideronline.com/classifieds is a great place to start looking for some fantastic opportunities for a nearly new one.

In the end, ride, ride, ride! It will make all the difference when you’re ready to put out the shekels. Of course the alternative is to build your own. You say you’re all thumbs, no mechanical ability, no tools, no work space, no way?

Keep perusing this site for ways it can happen. You will be surprised how you can overcome all those objections to have your own, homebuilt recumbent bike. <script async src=”//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js”></script>
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