Pain Free Cycling - The 5 Coolest Bicycles
Are You Having Fun on Your Bike?
So why are you still riding a bicycle based on a 100 year old design? Traditional upright bicycles put your body in a very awkward and uncomfortable position. Their only real advantage is you are up high enough for cars to see you.
Since I was a child I have ridden just about every kind of bicycle. In fact it is my preferred mode of transportation. The problem is I like to ride… a lot! And after about 20 minutes my man gear starts to feel no joy in riding. Even with padded seats it simply isn’t right to ride around with a small piece of leather on a stick poking you in the butt. Not to mention how sore my wrists and neck would get.
So I made the switch… and it wasn’t easy because so few people have even heard of recumbent bicycles in the United States. I actually ordered mine from a company in the Nederlands (Netherlands).
The primary benefit is speed – recumbent bicycles are faster because your profile on the bike is more aerodynamic. A rider at 6mph will encounter 20% wind resistance and 80% rolling resistance. By the time you hit 25mph the ratio is reversed… you are now fighting 80% wind resistance and only 20% rolling resistance. So over 20mph the advantages of recumbents start to really kick in for speed.
I typically ride on the flats between 18-22mph which is about the same speed as high performance upright cyclists ride when pedaling comfortably.
Another advantage is of course the ride comfort as your body is not contorted in an uncomfortable position. There are many variations of recumbent bicycles so there is something for everyone and yes it’s possible to get a super low profile bike that is not that comfortable. The only real downside to a recumbent is when climbing hills. Because you can not stand up and take advantage of your weight, it’s all legs. It can be more difficult to climb hills. I ride for fun, so I don’t care about how fast I can go up hills. I just want to not hurt when I’m done and I love that riding in an upright position allows me to see more and enjoy more while I ride.
The Challenge Hurricane recumbent bicycle is manufactured by Challenge Bicycles in the Nederlands. This Dutch company makes some of the most aesthetically beautiful and fun to ride bicycles in the world. What sets this bicycle apart besides it’s beautiful lines is it’s double powder coated aluminum frame, folding tiller steering, dual disc brakes, and rear suspension. Take the pain out of your riding, turn heads, and have more fun!
Touring Bicycle by HP Velotechnik
HP Velotechnik Grasshopper Folding Bike
The HP Velotechnik is manufactured in Germany. The Grasshopper is considered a “Touring Bicycle” as it includes dual suspension, and rack options for carrying loads up to 50lbs. Popular in Europe these bicycles are for people who like to set out on the open road and camp at night. The most amazing feature of this bicycle is that it folds up into a very small and transportable size.
Rebumbent Trike by ICE
Inspired Cycle Engineering Trike
Inspired Cycle Engineering of Great Britain manufactures a number of Recumbent Trikes that are not only good looking, but a blast to ride. Models are available the fold for easy storage. Some feature rear suspension (Not that common on trikes) and multiple wheel options and sizes. Nearly everyone can be fitted for a trike that suits their specific riding style and comfort needs.
Slyway Itailiant Recumbent Bicycle
Leave it to the Italians to make a bike so sleek it looks
fast even when its standing still!
Slyway manufacturers this USS (Under Seat Steering) recumbent bicycle
for fast rides and plenty of sex appeal!
For those who have never ridden a USS bicycle the position is extremely
comfortable as your arms are at your sides in a very natural position. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Slyway?
Carbon Fiber Speed Machine!
Velokraft Carbon Fiber Speed Machine
Velokraft carbon fiber recumbent low riders are manufactured
The Velokraft Recumbents are pure carbon fiber speed machines. No this is not
your Grandpa’s bicycle and Grandpa probably couldn’t even balance it. But for people who know how to rid bents this
is a real dream machine. Obviously not
the kind of ride you take out on the open road as cars wouldn’t be able to see
you this low to the ground. This is
definitely a collectors bicycle for those who have discretionary cash to throw
at the sport. Learn more a Recumbent Bike that might be right for you!