Cycling in Brisbane Australia
All thing recumbent, including recumbent bicycles, trikes, velomobiles and other HPVs.
* fluffy beards & sandals not mandatory :)
Latest Activity: Aug 12
Started by JamesD. Last reply by RecRider Jul 3.
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
Started by Duncan McDonald. Last reply by Duncan McDonald Jul 2.
Anyone know where I can get some thin-walled cro-mo tube bent to spec?Cheers,DuncanContinue
Started by Geoff Tewierik. Last reply by Alan Edward Page Jun 27.
Was on Kickstarter but didn't get funded.…Continue
Started by RecRider. Last reply by RecRider Jun 6.
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
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.
@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. :)
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!)
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. ;-)
Recumbent Ride event created on Brisbane Cyclist and Brisbane Recumbent Riders Facebook page.
Love that video, Shaun, thanks! :)
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