Riding a recumbent bike is an experience like no other and die-hard riders will tell you that once they have tried the recumbent ride, conventional cycling is just out of question.
Are you thinking of taking a tour on a recumbent bike?
There are some pointers you need to keep in mind while selecting the perfect bike.
1. Make sure you ride the bike around for a while before you select the one that suits your needs.
2. You could opt for one that has the steering at a level below the seat. Your arms will feel less stiff.
3. Check how upright the bike is. Sometimes even a couple of inches either way can change the comfort level on the bike.
4. The seat could be made of mesh or foam. If it is mesh it will be wider and foam seats will be narrower.
5. Choose your bike according to the area you want to tour. If you think you are going to be on crowded roads, you will need a bike that can be steered easily. In that case, you should make sure your bike has a longer wheelbase. If your bike has a shorter wheel base, that will put the pedals in front of the wheels and you may have trouble cycling down a straight path.
6. The wheels can be of 2 diameters, 20 inches or 26 inches. Your bike could have wheels of the same size or one in each size.
7. You must have a rear-view mirror. As in the case of upright bikes, you will not be able to turn around in your seat and at some point you might want to check for traffic behind you.
8. To make sure you are visible to other drivers on the road, you could attach a flag atop a long stick to the back of your bike.
9. You do need to be prepared for tougher uphill riding. You will not be able to put your weight forward to help with the incline as you would on an upright bike. But just take it slow and you should be fine.
10. Recumbent bikes are still rare on the roads so you might get a lot of curious looks. Just enjoy the attention!
11. Be prepared for a great view. Upright cycles have you looking down all the time. That is not the case in recumbent bikes.
And of course, when you are done choosing your recumbent bike, you will need the perfect gear to go with it. You will need a hat and special sunglasses to keep the sun out of your eyes. Check out the offers at www.benditcycling.com. You can aso look for some cool jerseys and shorts and depending on the weather, warm gear too.
Enjoy your recumbent cycling tour!!!