Guide To Buying Recumbent Bikes




What is the first and foremost reason to ride a recumbent bike.

Yep, the whole design of recumbent bicycles is to provide the most comfortable riding conditions possible. If this gets more people to enjoy the benefits of riding bicycles and enjoying the outdoors, then I am all for it!

There are many basic reasons for the improvement in comfort over a standard bicycle:

The Seat – the recumbent bicycle seat is light, comfortable, and provide support to your back. No more saddle sores, lower back pains or buttock discomfort that other cyclists endure.

The Position – the position of your body is basically like sitting on a comfortable lounge chair. No more pains from supporting your body weight. No more neck and shoulder pains from straining to look up while riding in an aerodynamic position.

Guide To Buying Recumbent Bikes

The View – you have a much clearer and unobstructed view of your surroundings. No more staring at the wheel inches in front of you. Just cruise along and take in the scenery.

Buyers of recumbent bikes can expect to pay about $500 – $1,000 for base models and $1,000 to $2,500 and up for higher end product lines.

The first buying item to consider is the style of the bike:

Long Wheelbase Bike (LWB) – 65″ to 71″ – ride is smooth, comfortable, fast and stable. Maneuverability can be tricky on busy streets and narrow paths. Touring bicycles, versatile and fast.

Short Wheelbase Bike (SWB) – 33″ – 45″ – the front wheel is underneath the riders knees and the crankset is mounted on a boom. Quick handling, easy to maneuver, compact, easy to store and transport. Sport/Sport Touring bikes.

Guide To Buying Recumbent Bikes

Compact Long Wheelbase Bike (CLWB) – 46″ to 64″ – easiest bikes for beginners to learn on. Very stable, responsive and with the higher seat, are more visible. Recreational, Commuter and light Touring bikes.

Most beginners should consider the CLWB with a low pedal height.

You will then select from two types of steering systems:

Over-Seat Steering (OSS) – the most common, normal, user-friendly and performance oriented type of steering.

Under-Seat Steering (USS) – considered the most comfortable because the arms hang down to operate the handlebars located underneath your seat. This can take some getting used to. Also, should consider added maintenance cost based on the design of this steering system.