A popular choice with many bicycle tourists, the recumbent bike, is a comfort bike. It is actually a human- powered vehicle that offers you the comfort and style of a motorcycle. It lets you exercise as well as go on tours to places far and wide- without any cost incurred on gas and maintenance charges. If you are a bicycle tour- enthusiast and thinking of buying a recumbent bike, read on to know more about it. Following are the main reasons why touring on a recumbent bike is a great idea.
a) Recumbent bikes are manufactured with an eye on the cutting edge of comfort while biking. It is designed keeping in mind the rider. The common problems that you face when you ride a bike for 8 to 9 hours everyday while on a bicycle tour seem to disappear when your bike happens to be a recumbent. The extra strain on the legs and calves are minimized as well.
b) The seating position of recumbent bikes can be changed to suit the rider. For instance, if you want to ride at a low position for a couple of hours, lowering the seat is easy. Or if you want to ride high for some time, you can do so as well easily.
c) The pedals of a recumbent bike are designed so as put the knees to a minimum strain. If you are a seasoned bicycle tourist, you will know how your knees get strained from excessive use. This kind of bike takes care of that. It transfers most of the strain to the pedals, instead of your knees.
d) The larger wheel base and the lower frontal area reduce air resistance for about 30%, which lets you maintain a good speed throughout your ride. What’s more, maintaining such a speed is possible without any strain on your legs or calves.
e) Do you know that recumbent bikes are banned from participating in normal bicycle races? Yes, that’s true. This is because this special kind of bikes has been found to be faster than traditional bikes! If your aim is to travel fast and reach your destination as soon as possible, recumbent may be the answer you are looking for.
f) The design and position of the wheel in these type of bikes is such that heel strikes are almost impossible.
g) The steering position that a recumbent bike offers make it possible for your shoulders, arms ands and wrists to be relaxed and comfortable. This reduces the risk of injury that is common with bicycle tourists on long tours.
Recumbent bikes are actually the best option for long and short bicycle tours. Not only are they a whole lot comfortable, but the fact that there is almost no strain on any part of your body will make you enjoy your tours a lot more. They may be more expensive than their traditional counterparts, but experience tells us that it is an intelligent investment any bicycle- enthusiast should make.