Recumbents and all feet forward machines
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I only had time for assembling the bike and a short 1/2 hr ride on the weekend. In short it was fun and more difficult than expected. I need a bit more practice before taking the bike for a commute to work next to traffic.
I figured out that I need to relax my upper body and not pull on the handlebars on hills (I know I am doing this because the grips below the shirters were sliding down about 1cm from pulling). Push against the seat when pedalling seems to work best.
Also starting on steep hills is difficult and need to be done just right o/w you fall over quickly.
I did not have a computer mounted - this makes comparing it to the MTB very difficult as I have no idea of how fast I am going. When you look at the road you get a much greater sense of speed than when looking at the trees, so to achieve the same sense of speed on the recumbent appears to be more difficult than on the MTB.
What beastie are you talking about Dirk? One assumes it's a bent.
And on that assumption, you're half an hour up on me ... though I could show you pictures of kalgrm wearing out my new bent (it's still in Perth).
Piccies would help too. I know you're within the 'can't post piccies' phase, so go to FAQ - posting pictures on the forum to read the guidelines and how to's, then PM the links to me and I'll put them up for you.
So, new bent, new rider. Scared? Terrified? Shocked? Wowed?
I plan to mount mine in the wind trainer first, just to get used to it without it trying to play dead on me
I had a good bike ... so I fixed it
Congrats on getting the new 'bent up and running. Did you get the Giro or the Giro 26?
Your timing is impeccable. Richard is also about to get his first 'bent, so you and he can roll about and fall over together! If I may, this looks like a great time to post the information from the email I just sent Richard.
I hope that helps get you up to speed more quickly.
Think outside the double triangle.
I wish I could come up with a good signature.
Hi Dirk, I'll add my congratulations on the new bike too. Looking forward to seeing you riding it round Sydney soon.
Graeme's advice covers most of what I'd say to someone learning to ride a 'bent. Sounds to me like you're figuring it out pretty quickly anyway, you're quite right about the importance of relaxing your upper body.
Pushing against the seat is indeed preferable to pulling on the handlebars when climbing hills, but you shouldn't be pushing too hard. To climb effectively on a recumbent you should gear down and spin a high cadence, rather than muscling your way up by mashing away in a high gear. It should be like seated climbing on your MTB, rather than like standing climbing. It'll take a little while to get up to speed on the 'bent, especially uphill, as you'll find yourself using your muscles slightly differently. You'll see dramatic improvements over the first few weeks of regular riding, and if you're like me noticeable improvements in your 'recumbent legs' for several months. Don't worry though, it'll be fast and fun almost straight away
Starting off and slow riding are the hardest part to learn, and uphill starts are probably the hardest part of all. Best advice I can give for uphill starts is make sure you're in a good gear for the slope, stay relaxed with a light grip on the handlebars, and don't rush to get both feet up on the pedals. Clipless pedals are a huge help. At very low speeds I found sitting up off the seat so that body English can help more with balance is useful, especially when you're fairly new to recumbents. Once you've got more experience you'll probably find you rarely need to do it anymore, but it might help to begin with (it did for me).
I'm sure you'll pick it all up quickly, anyway, and the best way to do so it just to ride as much as you can (including lots of stopping and starting, awkward as that may be to begin with)
Congratulations. Always good to hear of another bent out there.
I was going to give some tips too but I think Kalgrim and Hotdog have pretty well said it all. Relaxation and not having a deathgrip on the bars go a long way towards eary riding. Also I find it a good idea to have the brakes applied while stationary and the front wheel turned a bit to the side opposite the foot on the ground.
Go out, practice and most important of all. Have Fun
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