# Newbie Q

Discussion in 'Recumbent bicycles' started by David, Jun 1, 2003.

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1. ### David Guest

Hiya,

I'm interested in getting a recumbent bike. I've noticed that the more money you spend the lower the
seat gets.

So, how high is too high?...They all say it's a recumbent bicycle...So, what's the difference?

FYI: I expect the majority of my trips to be in the single digits, as far as milage ridden on a
daily basis.

Mooch

P.S. LSB = Local Bike Shop?

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2. ### Mikael Seierup Guest

"David" skrev

> I'm interested in getting a recumbent bike. I've noticed that the more money you spend the lower
> the seat gets.

> So, how high is too high?...They all say it's a recumbent bicycle...So, what's the difference?

If you can't reach the ground its probably too high. Since theres no set formula like on diamond
frames shapes and designs vary. Best advice would be to go somewhere where you can test a bunch of
bikes and find out what you like.

Bentrider Online also has a recumbent guide thats good reading. http://www.bentrideronline.com/
(Most beginner and/or cheap bikes are the CLWB category.)

> FYI: I expect the majority of my trips to be in the single digits, as far as milage ridden on a
> daily basis.

You might surprise yourself if you get the bent bug.

>> P.S. LSB = Local Bike Shop?

LBS but yes.

Regards Mikael

3. ### Rorschandt Guest

> "David" alleged:
>
>> I'm interested in getting a recumbent bike. I've noticed that the more money you spend the lower
>> the seat gets.

>> So, how high is too high?...They all say it's a recumbent bicycle...So, what's the difference?

When waiting at traffic lights and such, it is good to be able to comfortably reach the ground with
one foot. IF you eventually use SPD or similar pedals(strongly suggested), you may want to pay
particular attention to this aspect. Lower bikes take better advantage of aerodynamics. I like low
trikes best. They are stable on all sorts of pavements and conditions, and best of all no balancing
at stops. Unfortunately, beginner trikes are generally more costly than two wheeled bents, and the
extra weight of a third wheel and all it entails usually slow one down a bit, but not necessarily
so. www.recumbents.com has a fairly good listing of 2 and 3 wheelers. For a better idea of what is
available in trikes http://home.mindspring.com/~kb7mxu/index.htm

Oh yes, and the more upright you sit, the more weight is concentrated on your bum. Laying back
spreads your weight over more of the seat, making for extremely comfortable riding.

happy hunting, rorschandt My Trikes: http://pictures.care2.com/view/1/174801833
http://pictures.care2.com/view/1/844656287

4. ### Cbb Guest

For flat smooth roads (laid back => faster, lower => faster, lower & laid back => fastest ==
lowracer) Very rough roads will be better and more comfortably handled by suspension or fatter
tires. Hills are most affected by weight though other considerations such as bottom bracket height
seemed to have an affect. A more reclined seat will relieve weight off of the buttocks which will be
more comfortable for longer rides. For short rides like you are looking at I would suggest looking
at less expensive bikes like the EZ series from Sun and the Rocket from RANS. The EZ series are very
easy to handle and are comfortable for shorter rides. Rocket is probably a little faster but may
have a longer learning curve. Once you become a bent addict like most of this group then you can
look at faster bikes like the lowracers and highracers or body socked LWBs (long wheel base). Thats
how I started. Craig

David <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
> Hiya,
>
> I'm interested in getting a recumbent bike. I've noticed that the more money you spend the lower
> the seat gets.
>
> So, how high is too high?...They all say it's a recumbent bicycle...So, what's the difference?
>
> FYI: I expect the majority of my trips to be in the single digits, as far as milage ridden on a
> daily basis.
>