I haven't ridden one so I don't know but they always look low to the ground to me and I spend a lot of my time touring looking at the scenery etc. which is easier from a conventional height.NickM said:For long-distance touring, if you are considering a new bike you owe it to yourself to try a recumbent. They are the logical choice for any kind of road cycling where comfort is a high priority.
There is much more variety in recumbent designs than in uprights; the type generally known as a "highracer", of which the Challenge Seiran and Nazca Pioneer are typical, should allow you to see over most hedges...rich p said:I haven't ridden one so I don't know but they always look low to the ground to me and I spend a lot of my time touring looking at the scenery etc. which is easier from a conventional height.
Matter of preference i suppose, not a matter of fact.User482 said:Completely disagree. I've toured with flat bars/ ends, and with drops. I much prefer drops - the hoods position is very comfortable and allows you to access gears and brakes without moving your hands. I use ITM "Marathon" bars, which have extra flex built in, and have a nice anatomic shape. Didn't have any discomfort in my upper body or arms all the way to JOG. What I did do though, was to raise the stem (advantage of still using a quill stem) and to rotate the bars slightly back so the hoods were higher.
Are you suggesting touring on a penny farthing?rich p said:I haven't ridden one so I don't know but they always look low to the ground to me and I spend a lot of my time touring looking at the scenery etc. which is easier from a conventional height.
Fair enough... but without at least trying a recumbent, you'll never know.Tim Bennet. said:Whilst recumbents do have their advocates, there are plenty of people in the long distance cycling community who still find the traditional wedgie to be the best choice for them. And this is not necessarily due to ignorance. Lots of us have tried out various options but, as all bikes types are a compromise, found the traditional diamond frame offered the best trade off for covering high mileages...
Doesn't the entry level Dawes have something like that?orbiter said:It's odd that nobody has mentioned using the most comfortable touring bar of all - the 'butterfly', which gives four/five hand positions with a very adjustable angle. They are virtually standard on German touring bikes because of their versatility & comfort
I've toured with all three and settled on Modolo Yuma butterfly bars years ago. See Trekking Bars at http://www.modolo.it/
Bar-ends are normally angled upward because it suits the natural wrist angle, so anatomically are better than drop hoods. Flat bars and drop 'tops' impart any shock directly to the hands/wrists/arms, which is partly absorbed by drops when riding on the hoods.
Wrist-angle and transmitted shock seem to me to be the main factors affecting handlebar comfort.
Butterly bars, like bar-ends can be angled any where from vertical to horizontal to give the most comfortable wrist angle for any rider with at least four hand positions. The most-used left-right section (with the controls) is furthest from the stem, so minimises shock.
Drops were designed for road-racing.
Flats were designed for off-road control.
Butterflies were designed for touring.
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