Guaranteed To Be Your Best Recumbent Bike

The best Recumbent bike? How is it possible to determine if that is true? There aren’t any consumer reports that make a thorough investigation of these bikes. At best, there are those who call themselves experts, who may have a great deal of experience. Does that mean they are completely focused and unbiased? Can they determine the best recumbent for you?

LWB with fairing
LWB with fairing

So how does this article imply a guarantee of information that will lead to your best recumbent bike? That answer is simple, but you will need to keep reading to find it.

How much do you know about a recumbent bike? Chances are if you’re reading this, not enough, and that’s why you are here. Consider all you read here. Following a few steps, guarantees you to be successful in your quest.

The recumbent seat is like riding a lawnchair

There may never be the “perfect” recumbent for you, but chances are it can come very close. Perfection could be comfort, pain-free riding, and safety. Add aerodynamics, and the joy of seeing all that is around you while riding. This describes a recumbent bike.

Have you experienced the sore neck, wrists, lower back pain? Or having a skinny seat determined to work its way up your anatomy? Do you enjoy spending more time looking at the road in front of you? What about the difficulty seeing what is sneaking up from the rear to threaten your safety? The you have the near falls at low speeds while making a frantic effort trying to unclip for a stop.

There is a recumbent to fit nearly any riding style...

Sure. Those riding in that fashion consider themselves masculine. Enduring the mantra of “no pain-no gain.” What a myth! On a recumbent, the mantra could be, “ride awhile then check your smile!” Or “No pain all gain!”

SWB ideal for the city
SWB ideal for the city

There is a recumbent to fit your riding style, size, or location. You can find them faired or bare bones. There are high racers and low racers. The more traditional is a long wheel base. Offering somewhat of a cushioned ride for long distance jaunts or events. A short wheelbase is great for city riding requiring quick turns in limited space. Also a compact long wheelbase does it’s best to combine the features of both.

The greatest feature of a recumbent bike is the seat. In short, it is nearly like sitting on a lawn chair for comfort. Most will average 14” of width with a nice thick foam seat cushion. Or something more practical if choosing a racer. These are available with a molded fiberglass or carbon fiber seat.

Steering is as varied as the styles of recumbents. You have “tiller steering,” “remote steering” and “under-seat steering.” Each offers it’s advantage and the one you choose will be perfect for you.

LWB with underseat steering
LWB with underseat steering

Reading about the bikes may give you some idea of what features you want. Even before getting to that, will be the practical part of your search. Riding!

Ride as many recumbents as you can

Now a search for a bike shop in your area may reveal one offering recumbents. These shops know that you need to be on a recumbent seat. On the street, road, or trail is the only way to have the experience to help determine the style.

If there is none in your immediate area, then look within the next 50 miles if necessary. Why? Consider that a mid-range LWB bike will run in the $1000 to $1500 category. Chances are you wouldn’t buy a car without driving it. Would you be willing to plunk down that sort of cash for a bike you had never ridden?

They know and understand…a recumbent looks strange

So first is the ride, and as many as you can. Look at as many styles and brands by checking the images on Google. Then you will have a better idea what to look for at a bike shop. Find an area where there is a recumbent event taking place. This is perhaps the absolute best opportunity to see a huge variety of styles and brands.

What’s more, if would be rare for any of these recumbent enthusiasts to not only offer you a ride, but encourage it. They know and understand how a recumbent looks strange. Specifically to those who know nothing but the traditional upright bike. None of them are likely to have started out on anything different.

So in summary, here are the factors that are guaranteed to get you your best recumbent bike!

1. Research the styles on Google

2. Research the brands

3. Travel as far as you need to a shop offering recumbents

4. Ride as many different styles as you can.

5. Ride, ride, and ride some more

6. Peruse commentaries on recumbent forums and blogs to get a feel what others have to say

7. Find the style that suits your riding comfort. Only then begin to consider features and components

8. Entry level bikes and components end up being a disappointment. Usually after riding for a few months

9. Most of the personnel in the bike shops will offer sound advice on components

10. Pay attention to your instincts

There is a guaranteed best recumbent bike for you. It is the one that you are comfortable on. Satisfied with the price and components. The one you will ride with far more frequency than a road bike or mountain bike. You will understand what “getting bent” is all about.

LWB Recumbent Bike
LWB Recumbent Bike
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Alan is retired and resides in Quito, Ecuador. Writing is a passion which has resulted in two eBooks thus far, with more in the works. Married 47 years with four sons and 13 grandchildren, provides potential grist for the mill! Alan is a charter "Boomer", a Viet Nam veteran, committed to roasting his own coffee and writes about whatever pops into his mind. He loves to build and ride recumbent bikes, play racquetball, writes almost daily, travels Ecuador, and talks to anything that does not move fast enough! The twinkle in his eye is a combination of the sun, and an active sense of humor. His desire to encourage others to write is being answered through his articles on the Internet.