Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Mac66, 20 Feb 2008.
Simple as that. I'm just not down with the lingo
It's a recumbrant bike, although when I was younger it meant something entirely different!
Recumbent bicycle. As in http://www.whycycle.co.uk/recumbents.htm
Or... a recumbent tricycle - even more fun in my opinion...
'coz on three wheels you can go as slow as you like uphill and as fast as you like downhill!
And when you're out for the day, you always have a comfy picnic chair with you!
Funny looking thing you lie down in to ride - for lazy cyclists who also like to go very fast
That would be a 'brant' then..? You big brander...
lol, what's a brander? I knew I had spelt it incorrectly but was overcome with lazyness to change it!!
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.
"bent": type of cycle which is both more comfortable and more fun than its upright cousin
Some people insist that they're a type of bike but most cyclist know bwtter
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.
Wedgie. Another term for a "normal" bike.
Recumbents are lots of fun!
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.
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.
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.
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