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Old 04-11-19, 09:34 PM
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A good friend is riding across the U.S., starting in a month or so. He's riding his Easy Racers Gold Rush- there are plenty of them around here. It's a shame that the company has gone downhill in the past couple years.

It's his second time. He did this (but a different route) in 2005: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/ER2005
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Old 04-12-19, 03:42 PM
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
In my experience, if someone gets a recumbent solely for speed, they will usually be disappointed at first and not follow through long enough to see the benefit. They quit, go back to uprights, and tell everyone that bents are really slow.

The real question is if YOU will be faster. The best answer I can give is that riding a lowracer is like having a paceline of 3 of you pulling you everywhere. If you're all riding at 15 mph, that won't help much. But if you're pulling you at 23 mph, it will.
Totally agreed with this. While some riders will be faster on certain terrain on a 'bent, that shouldn't be the primary motivator. The aero advantage doesn't really kick in until you start getting into higher speeds, and not so many people have the legs to do that. The real reason to do it is it's fun.

If you wanted to compare a touring bike with dropdown bars vs a LWB recumbent set up for touring, the 'bent will be faster except when you're going uphill. The LWB and touring bike will be faster than the trike in practically all conditions. That doesn't make the trike a bad ride -- they're tons of fun and the seating position gives you a panoramic view. Moreover, when you're only a few inches over the ground, it makes it seem like you're going faster and the connection with the road and everything around. Trikes are fun at any speed, even very low ones.

A 'bent suitable for touring will give you a panoramic view, a few mph more than the trike, and probably a couple more than the touring bike in anything not involving climbs. However, 'bents limit which muscles you use much more than the touring bike which allows you to stand, sit, or shift forward and back. The LWB recumbent has a huge turning radius and is not nimble at all -- the handling is totally different But definitely a great way to go for long days. My hot rod is a highracer which I love and is pictured below. Faster than anything you're considering and good on climbs, but I wouldn't recommend it for touring as both your legs and neck really need to be conditioned for long days.

The drop bar touring bike is not as fun in many ways as either the trike or the LWB 'bent, but is the most versatile of the three. It's a solid choice, even if it is boring. Based on the vibe I've been picking up off you, I'd recommend at least taking a LWB for a test ride.
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Right tool for the right job, there is no best tool for everything.
A bike that is meant to go fast may not be best for everything else, best to know your priorities and parameters, then look for the least compromise.
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Going add my 2 cents here at join the chorus of "it depends" on a lot of factors including set up. I have had my recumbent for about a year now. I just realized that have a tad more upright seat position allows me to noticeably increase my power output. One little change and I went from feeling like I was "kicking air" to feeling like I am driving my bike.

A lowracer will give you the best aerodynamic advantage, but it may or may not be faster overall depending on your positioning and comfort. Some folks find a really laid back position to be most comfortable; others find it hurts their neck and limits visibility.

Also, I would caution that no matter what kind of bent you get, you need at least a couple months of conditioning to train your muscles and feel confident in handling at speeds. Unless you have crazy innate balancing skills and/or regularly work all leg muscle groups, you WILL be much slower on your bent in the first few months.
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Rumble strips, another problem for a trike

There is something nobody has mentioned and that is the presence of rumble strips at the edge of many roads in the west where I live. They are strategically placed at the edge of the road and for most cases there is enough pavement to the right of the rumble strip that you can easily ride a long or short wheelbase recumbent but not a trike. The clear area is often too narrow for the wheels to both stay on the pavement and not hit the rumble strip. The width of the front wheels on my Catrike 700 is 29 inches but on the Greenspeed GTO it is 36 inches. It varies with the trike. You don't find the strips in town but they are ubiquitous along main roads in rural area.

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I know this is a “Loaded” question.....I am training for a 1,000 mile ride across the country (partially) in July. I’m in mid 50’s and about 240 lbs (35 pounds too much!). I have done quite a bit of recumbant stationary riding and enjoy it. Most difficult part of riding upright bike for me is soreness in neck and lower back (when done riding). I thought a recumbant bike might be a great idea. None of the bike stores in Miami have them for sale. What is the best recumbant to buy (assume price is not in the equation for this question.)
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I have ridden all three and honestly believe, for a long tour, a fast trike would be the best choice. I think that there is mental and physical energy in keeping a bicycle on the straight and narrow. Meanwhile, a speedy trike is comfortable but also offers much less mental fatigue. I think figuring this in, over the long run, a Catrike 700 would be faster than any recumbent bike for a long tour.
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I've never gotten my brain tired from riding. Tell me, is it sore the next day?
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
I've never gotten my brain tired from riding. Tell me, is it sore the next day?
Depends on the number of carb-replacement beverages at the end of the previous days ride.
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