Why choose recumbent bikes and trikes?On May 17, 2017 by fitnessaaron1
There are many good reasons for a ‘bent.
Purchasing a recumbent bike may seem like a step into eccentricity or oddity, but it actually makes sense. There are many objective, logical reasons to opting for the horizontal ride.
No longer is one forced to sit on the wedge claiming to be a seat on upright bikes. Let’s be honest, even the gel padded, wide options leave sore tushes after a long ride on an upright. If an upright’s seat was likened to bathroom stool, a recumbent’s seat could be likened to a recliner. It is that much more comfortable. The seat can be adjusted so that it is more upright, but either way, it is a full seat.
Weight distribution also provides comfort. On the recumbent, it is distributed throughout the body rather than only on the seat and arms. In fact, the recumbent takes the stress off the shoulders, leaving the bicyclist’s hands free to steer. Long bike rides definitely reveal a benefit to the recumbent design.
2. The view
It might not be obvious until you’re out on the open road, but because of a rider’s position, the view from recumbent bikes and trikes is spectacular. While standard uprights leave your head in a downward position, recumbent design allows for your head to rest freely on top of your shoulders. Upright riders have to crane their necks to see the open country, but ‘bent riders freely take in the views in comfort.
3. Easier on joints
The lower back is one area ‘bent riders constantly tout as a benefit to their bike style. The seat and leg position takes stress off of the lower back. Knees and ankles also have less stress because of the extended position of the body while riding.
Recumbents are safer than uprights. They brake faster, and there is very little risk of going over the handlebars. The open view and height of the ‘bent is about that of the average car, so visibility is better. Combine that with the view, and its a recipe for safer bicycling.
Recumbent bikes are faster than upright bikes. Recumbent bicycle racers hold many of the speed records for human powered vehicles, and they’ve been banned from some races as a result of having an unfair advantage.
Recumbents come in many styles, including 2-, 3-, and 4- person styles. They make excellent leisure or touring bikes, and they come in easy-to-maneuver tricycle versions.
The versatility of recumbent bikes makes them a good choice for many. They are a fast, safe, and comfortable option for those wanting to try a different form of transportation and exercise.