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8/26/12 11:10 P

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SelenaJean,

Depending on the type of recumbent and your position it can be better on your neck.

Be very careful with the pelvis. You must maintain the lumbar curve in your back. Make sure you have a more upright position. Shock could be and issue depending on the roads you ride. They shock on mine went right up my backside.

Crank arm length could be an issue too. The crank arms are very long on my recumbent, I changed them to shorter ones (170) to spin. You can horse them up the hills.

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8/26/12 4:06 P

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SelenaJean:
If you see recumbent in your area perhaps there's a shop that carries them. No need to wonder about how they ride/feel. Give them a call and set up a test ride.

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8/26/12 12:51 A

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I don't have one or have ridden one but they look interesting. I have neck and pelvis problems so I've wondered how they ride/feel. I have to say I live in a hilly area(Oregon) and these are popular here. I ride a very hilly area and I see people on these several times a week. I agree that these stand out to drivers. I always notice these when I'm driving and although I pay attention to all cyclists the recumbent bikes really stand out.

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8/24/12 2:38 A

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Karidian:
Glad to know that there's another recumbent rider in the team.

I have a trailer hitch rack but, since I don't have a trailer hitch on my car I always start my rides from home.

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8/20/12 10:27 P

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I have a recumbent bike and I love it! Granted I don't ride miles and miles on it, but for me it is perfect. My bike is a Cannondale Recumbent, which isn't made anymore. We bought them some years ago, and rode off and on(more off than on). With my neck problems, I can't ride bent over and look up. The recumbent has solved that problem for me, my back has support and I am comfortable. I ride in a suburban area in our neighborhood and on a few of the bike trails in the area. My bike has full shocks which really does help for a smooth ride. I agree being lower to the ground makes drivers and others give you a long look since these kind of bikes are not that common. It also is easy to put your feet down and not feel off balance. My bike is very solid, and weighs around 40 pounds. Heavy to lift in my car. We tried a roof style carrier and these bikes are longer, especially my husbands. His is the longer wheel base than mine is. My husband was not comfortable with both bikes on the roof. We did buy a small trailer for the bikes, but so far haven't used it yet. We just are riding around home for now when we ride.

Check out my SP page photos for a picture of my recumbent and me.

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8/19/12 10:21 P

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Oops!
SWB = short wheel base
USS = under seat steering
Check out this blog for more information.
www.recumbentblog.com/recumbent-type
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8/19/12 9:33 P

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I LOVE MY RECUMBENT TRIKE!!!!!!
I went from a road bike - with several fits - several saddles - to a SWB USS recumbent bike. That bike was lots of fun but, as I was getting older, traded it in for a trike. The balance isn't what it used to be. I understand that recumbent are not for everyone, but I say do your research and try out the different models Recumbents do not come in standard configuration like regular bikes so it does take a little more time to find the right bike.

Let me address the cons expressed about recumbents:
Low to the ground - not a visible. That's kinda true. They are low to the ground which is why we ride with a flag. But what I have found is that a recumbent is so odd looking to motorist that they slow down, when they pass you so they can take a good look. So because a recumbent looks so odd, I have never had a car get close to me unlike when I rode my road bike.

Hard on the back - you do feel the road since you are kinda laying/sitting on your back. But there are receumbents with shocks that take care of that.

Climbing is slow - Not if you know how to spin powering through the entire peddle cycle (you have to clip in). I can give the roadie a run for their money on a uphill. You just need to have the right gearing and leg strength. And in the end who cares if you are slower up hills? Are you out for fun or are you racing??

Pros:
My hands, butt, neck and shoulders are now PAIN FREE!!!!!
You get a wonderful view on a recumbent
People wave and kids smile at you. Everyone thinks your bike is cool!
You'll smile because your bike is cool and you're pain free!

BTW: I call my trike my lounge chair on wheels.

Guess it's time to get off my soap box. Can you tell I LOVE MY TRIKE??????????



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8/19/12 10:53 A

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I have a Serotta. I was fitted for flexibility, injuries, strength by a team. I was given some range to gain.

Started with my stock bike and a tandem fork and I made an extension for the headset. It was ok for the moment but not long term.

You want more help. Look at you and get to the gym. Core, lumbar, flexibility, strength, and balance work. Also focus and your cycling form.

See my page and I have the Serotta in a pic. I have come down over the past 2 years and trimmed my fork. Things are getting better. That bike came in July 2010, my last surgery was May 2010.

Contack John Huenink and he can give you some suggestions. John Howard also worked with me and John Huenink to get me going. John Howard has some exercises. The bike is only one part of it, you are the rest.

Here is some stuff to think about.

wheelandsprocket.com/about/wheel-spr
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www.johnhowardsports.com/

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8/19/12 7:40 A

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It would appear that I'm in luck, there is a bike shop here in Maine that is an authorized Serotta fitter. A good place to start, thank you for the information.

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8/18/12 11:46 P

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You may not need a custom bike. I have resources. If you get measured on Serotta sizing bike you can have a good fitter do a search of the geometry.

You will probably need a taller head tube. Many mfg's are making these in their line. If you want more info or resources just ask.

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8/18/12 7:40 P

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My hubby got me one thinking it would help with the arthritis in my neck and shoulders. It didn't. Downhills were great, uphills were horrible and it didn't help my back at all. Granted, there are newer models with better configurations that are better on the hills, also higher and more visible. But all things considered, I'd go with a custom, or comfort bike.



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8/18/12 5:30 P

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Thank you both for your input. It looks like a custom bike may be the way to go.

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8/18/12 5:18 P

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Be very careful with a recumbent. PT and Dr don't know much about them because they are not real popular and each model puts you in a different position.

My opinion, I have one, put on 1000's of miles after a spinal fusion. I hate it. It's worse on the lower back than an upright bike. It has no lumbar support! Each bump you hit goes right to lower spine and causes you to have a curved lumbar. I took my seat off and fabricated a lumbar support with foam. My spinal surgeon is a cyclists too and we worked this out. A standard one out of the box will hurt the lower back. Crank arms are too long to spin correctly for most people as they bikes are ridden wrong. You need high RPM's to get up hills as it's much tougher than with an upright bike. I rode about 2000 miles in 12 weeks after a multi-level neck fusion. I was go glad to get on an upright bike. I had a custom frame built to accommodate my body position by a team of bike fitters.



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8/18/12 1:47 P

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I can only relay what I've heard: Specifically, they are hard on your back. I've never ridden one but I can see how this would be the case. Plus, how do you raise up in the saddle to climb a really steep hill? If you couldn't climb the hill, you'd have to be hunched over, walking your bike up that hill - that's not gonna feel so great on your back.

My only concern is the reality that you sit so low, it puts you below the limited horizontal view of motorists. I can see how operating one a highway, or even secondary road, could be very dangerous even with some method of apprising motorists as to your presence.

I would recommend speaking with a physical therapist and or a sports doctor specializing in back injuries coupled with cycling activities.

Ride safe!

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8/18/12 12:25 P

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Due to a degenerative back condition, I've found it impossible to ride a regular bike. Does anyone have any suggestions or experience with recumbent bikes? I hate the thought of never riding again.

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