Dave Larrington wrote:
> Bill Goldsmith asked:
>> Which bike would be faster on flat roads
> I would imagine the Speedmachine, as it's lower and a bit more reclined.
>> and which one would be better on hills?
> Probably the Corsa - it's lighter.
>> Also, which one is more comfortable for those who have ridden both?
> Have I ridden a Corsa? - point, clickety-click - no, it was an Aero, but the riding positions and
> seat appear to be the same in all bar materials (pray correct me if I am wrong). But I didn't ride
> it very far, whereas I have 9000 km on my Speedmachine. I find the Speedmachine very comfortable -
> remember that that it has dual suspension - but would need a fair bit more stick time on a Corsa /
> Aero before I was sure about it. I *did* get the (mistaken) impression that I was about to slide
> forwards out of the seat on the Aero, which felt *most* disconcerting.
> Dave Larrington - http://legslarry.crosswinds.net/
> Editor - British Human Power Club Newsletter
By "forward" do you mean "backward"? As you pushed on the pedals, you felt like you were sliding
back, off the seat?
I *often* wonder about all this preoccupation with maxium recline. It seems that, if you were to
pedal with any real power, beyond a certain recline, you'd tend to just slide backwards off the
seat. Beyond a certain recline, you really need a harness. You'll notice that when Rob English, who
has ridden an Optima Baron convincingly, built his Hachi lowracer, he did NOT go for total recline.
English opted for a more upright seat so he could push harder against it without sliding off it.
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