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Information on 'bent riding please

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

I've been riding for many years now. Currently I ride a Marin hybrid.
My problem is arthritis in my lower back and leaning forward hurts.
I have added a handlebar extension that helps, but I still hurt after a ride.
I have been dreaming about a recumbent for years now and I even took a LWB Sun Tomahawk out for a test ride (FUN!) emoticon
I still want to try a SWB before I do anything beyond a test ride.

The questions I have are:
1. What do you ride?
2. On a long ride (45 miles or more) is it easier or harder than traditional frame bicycles?
3. Are there safety issues with the 'bent? (visibility, stability, sliding, etc).
4. When (or if) the novelty wears off, does the motivation remain, or would you rather be on a "standard" bike?
5. Any hints or suggestions?

Thanks, I appreciate any and all feedback.
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