'Bent Riders

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Performer Toascana

Started by JamesD. Last reply by RecRider Jul 3. 5 Replies

Out of interest, here’s a short (ish) blast on building up the Performer Toscana.  I tend to change things away from the manufacturer’s recommendations but don’t think this is any slight on…Continue

Tube Bending in Brisbane

Started by Duncan McDonald. Last reply by Duncan McDonald Jul 2. 10 Replies

Anyone know where I can get some thin-walled cro-mo tube bent to spec?Cheers,DuncanContinue

Trivek - Semirecumbent leaning trike

Started by Geoff Tewierik. Last reply by Alan Edward Page Jun 27. 3 Replies

Was on Kickstarter but didn't get funded.…Continue

Recumbent modifications for kids

Started by RecRider. Last reply by RecRider Jun 6. 13 Replies

I've been toying with the idea of a modified recumbent for my 6 year old for a while but have come to the conclusion that a permanent mod, ie. cutting frames, isn't a great idea.  Also, there's too…Continue

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Comment by JamesD on August 12, 2016 at 10:27pm

Comment by Aaron Ball on August 8, 2016 at 2:52pm
" ....and if the group would be safe as vehicles may not see you."

Damn, my 'bent doesn't have an visibility cloak that extends to other bicycles.
Comment by Noel Sopeer on August 8, 2016 at 8:43am

Grumpy, I ride with different groups of riders and find that social rides are ok but if the speed gets up, on the recumbent trike my strengths and weaknesses are different than the roadies and it breaks the rithum of the ride. Drafting is also an issue as is riding in the middle of the bunch as some riders are nervous of the crank being out the front in the event of a collision. Some roadies don't like riding with recumbents because the public will look at us and not at them.

Comment by Big Steve on August 8, 2016 at 7:18am

@Grumpy. As someone who has seen life from both sides, I genuinely don't think that recumbents are compatible with road bike group rides. For sure a social group ride where people aren't doing proper bunch riding, but a proper bunch ride no.

There are several issues. In a proper group ride people are riding very close for drafting purposes and a recumbent can't participate in that as they are a different shape. Then there is the issues of a recumbent should be faster on the flat and downhill compared to a road bike.. so again you'd be making everything difficult.

In summary they are just different bikes with different characteristics. There are lots of compatibility issues.. so why force it? Just get a bent group ride going. :)

Comment by JamesD on August 7, 2016 at 9:38pm

Depends.....has she been smoked by a faster one and doesn't want to repeat the experience :-).

Seriously though, if the group's speed is in your area then there should not be an issue, however I find trying to mix the bent with a road group uncomfortable at best and dangerous at other times.  Roadies are used to being two by two with inches between the leading/following riders.  For me, I can't see the road 4 meters in front of me, never mind judging the gap between me and the next rider.  Roadies also tend to cut in very close in front.

If I wind up with a group I prefer to be out the front, or on the back (resting!)  The middle is not fun.  (On the front every one wants to catch you and it turns into a sprint to the death...even worse when you have overtaken the group!)

Comment by Mary Martin on July 23, 2016 at 6:54am

Comment by Mary Martin on July 21, 2016 at 10:44pm

yes and some are riding from their homes to the Criterium. That should knock the edge off them speeding off into the sunset and leaving us too far behind. ;-)

Comment by RecRider on July 21, 2016 at 10:31pm
Those of you thinking of joining the Pier to point ride this Sunday, there is a faster group leaving Nundah Criterium track at 8am. They will join up with the rest of us at Shorncliffe around 9:30am
Comment by RecRider on July 11, 2016 at 8:33am

Recumbent Ride event created on Brisbane Cyclist and Brisbane Recumbent Riders Facebook page.

Comment by Melvyn Yap on June 13, 2016 at 7:46am

Love that video, Shaun, thanks! :)


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