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What's a bent?

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Mac66, 20 Feb 2008.

  1. Mac66

    Mac66 Senior Member

    Location:
    Newbury-ish
    Simple as that. I'm just not down with the lingo:blush:
     
  2. It's a recumbrant bike, although when I was younger it meant something entirely different!
     
  3. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Shorts Adjustment Expert

    Location:
    Essex
  4. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Or... a recumbent tricycle - even more fun in my opinion...

    EG: http://www.ice.hpv.co.uk/

    'coz on three wheels you can go as slow as you like uphill and as fast as you like downhill!:blush:

    And when you're out for the day, you always have a comfy picnic chair with you!
     
  5. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Funny looking thing you lie down in to ride - for lazy cyclists who also like to go very fast :blush:;)
     
  6. andygates

    andygates New Member


    That would be a 'brant' then..? You big brander...
     
  7. lol, what's a brander? I knew I had spelt it incorrectly but was overcome with lazyness to change it!!
     
  8. byegad

    byegad Guru

    Location:
    NE England
    Before you ask. A DF is a Diamond Frame bike or upright, in some of the more extreme postings an upwrong is an upright is a DF. Cagers are occupants of cars.
     
  9. NickM

    NickM Veteran

    "bent": type of cycle which is both more comfortable and more fun than its upright cousin :blush:

    See here!
     
  10. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    Some people insist that they're a type of bike but most cyclist know bwtter:evil:;)
     
  11. Maz

    Maz Guru

    man, they look like great fun! I imagine you can build up some serious speed on one of those machines (low centre of gravity, greater power on pedals etc). I must try a 'bent one day. Somehow.
     
  12. Wedgie. Another term for a "normal" bike.
    Recumbents are lots of fun!
     
  13. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
    They are serious fun. I have an ICE T and I refer to it as my 'smilemobile' due to the reaction I get from folk as I pedal along. Mine is not the lightest of machines - on the flat I'm slower on the 'bent than I am on the upright bike - but the 'bent is heavier. On uphills the 'bent is slower but easier - you can go as slow as you like and you're not going to wobble & fall off. Plus you can stop - stick on the parking brake & the thing won't roll away from you. Going downhill is fun - it's like having your own personal rollercoaster. And it's very, very stable - so when the roads are slippy, it's my steed of choice.
     
  14. cyclebum

    cyclebum Senior Member

    Location:
    Cheshire
    I imagine they take a bit of getting used to. On the occasions I have had to use the recumbant style of gym bikes (but only when there is no choice), I find it difficult to pick up the speed on it, and within 20 mins I have to stop due to the extreme pain in my hips which I don't get on an upright. :smile:
     
  15. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
    Certainly the 'bent trike didn't take any getting used to at all. Don't equate the Spawn of Stan that is a gym bike with a *proper* 'bent. It's like comparing an upright gym exercise bike with a proper upright bike: apples & oranges.