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Old 05-22-2008, 10:20 PM   #1
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My Bent
A couple of people asked me what a bent is after I mentioned it in my chili post. Sometimes I forget not everyone is a bicycle enthusiast.

Bent is short for recumbent bicycle. It's a bicycle that you ride in a more reclined position and the pedals are out in front of you instead of directly below you. They're a very comfortable bicycle and have a seat that's actually designed to fit your butt instead of giving you a wedgie. LOL

Back in the 30s bents were banned from bicycle racing because they have an "unfair" speed advantage over a standard diamond frame bicycle. To this day they still race in their own class and are not allowed to race against the road bikes. All of the bicycle speed records have been set on bents.

I can do a little better than 30 mph on my bent and it's considered a slow one compared to the more expensive models.

Here's mine. To give you an idea of scale, the bike is six feet long.

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Old 05-22-2008, 10:56 PM   #2
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Looks very comfy! I've always been curious though, which is easier to peddle, a road/mountain bike, or, recumbent? It seems like a road/mountain bike would be easier on the legs because of the positioning of the body, but, is that so?

I have an awesome retro lookin' bike: it's an Electra and it's called The Betty. The seat is relatively comfy, but, my butt is still a bit too big for it...lol...I need to get out riding again, I miss it terribly...Haven't had much of a chance to with the kids though :(

Here's a link for The Betty
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I thought this post was going to be about Bentleys.
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That's a cool looking ride, Mason!

My DH and I own 6 bikes, including a tandem -- but sadly, no recumbents. I've always wanted to at least try one out because they look so comfortable and fun to ride.

I really love my bike (it's a Trek hybrid) and our tandem (Fuji) but still hope that one of these days I'll get a chance to ride a bent.
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I totally forgot I had a bike! Maybe I should start riding it to work instead of walking, I wonder if it burns off more calories?
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I've always been curious though, which is easier to peddle, a road/mountain bike, or, recumbent? It seems like a road/mountain bike would be easier on the legs because of the positioning of the body, but, is that so?
The Betty looks nice.

A recumbent is actually easier in the sense that it's a more natural position and uses the larger leg muscles. This allows for a more efficient power transfer.

The one downside is that due to being able to apply more force to the pedals you can potentially injure the knees. Bent riders are far more conscious about using a little higher cadence and not trying to power into the pedals as hard as they can.

Balance is also a lot better as you're seated in a natural position. If you do lose it, it's a lot less distance to fall LOL
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Maybe, maybe not.

I love my bent. I call it my Amish Harley.
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Originally Posted by cristina61 View Post
That's a cool looking ride, Mason!

My DH and I own 6 bikes, including a tandem -- but sadly, no recumbents. I've always wanted to at least try one out because they look so comfortable and fun to ride.

I really love my bike (it's a Trek hybrid) and our tandem (Fuji) but still hope that one of these days I'll get a chance to ride a bent.

You really should ride one. You'll never want to ride a diamond frame again.
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