What exactly is a recumbent cycle?
While the definition may be simple, the difference is significant.
- The basic definition is that a recumbent bicycle is one that seats the rider in a reclining position.
- Most of these bikes are categorized by certain features – wheel sizes, wheelbase, front wheel or rear wheel drive, and steering system.
- Wheel sizes range from about 16 inches up to twenty-seven inches for the rear wheel. All terrain tires can even get up to twenty-nine inches.
- Wheelbase is divided into long-wheel base and short-wheel base.
- Most of the recumbent bike reviews are based on customer using.
- Steering system can be under-seat, above-seat, over-seat, or center.
What types of recumbent bikes are available?While it is unique in and of itself, the recumbent cycle actually does come in several different varieties. Some of the types include mountain bike versions, low-style racers (where the seat is between the wheels), high-style racers (where the rider’s legs are positions above the front wheel), hand cycles, hand-and-foot tricycles, and quadracycles.
What are some of the advantages to the recumbent bike?There have to be advantages to riding something so distinct in its appearance.
- First and foremost, these are generally much safer than the traditional bicycle. The lower center of gravity makes falls much less likely, and head injuries are much less common.
- The increased comfort is noticeable as well. It is much easier on the neck, hands, wrists, shoulders, arms, and lower back areas.
- Regarding performance advantages, on declines, flat surfaces, or mild inclines, the recumbent cycles are generally noticeably faster than the upright designs.
What are some of the disadvantages to the recumbent bike?As with just about anything, there are a few disadvantages to this uniquely designed typ of cycle.
- Balance on this cycle can be a little tricky, and does take some practice.
- Starting can be complicated until you get the hang of it.
- The maneuverability on a recumbent cycle is not nearly as precise, especially in tight radius turns.
See more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recumbent_bicycle