Hello EZ Biker, Recumbent Rhonda here. (The name I overheard one of my friends mention, when I showed up for a ride on my new recumbent) I finally took the plunge and dumped my road bike and WHAT A WONDERFUL experience! NO tired neck, arms and I can breath a lot easier, then when I was in that crunch position. Now have I caught static from my former road bike friends? YOU BET and quite frankly, I DON’T CARE! The special needs bike, old woman (I’m 43), over the hill, couch lady and jeers and even some that have murmured, I don’t know if I want to ride around her anymore. You know WHAT? Again, I DON’T CARE! I’m riding what I want to and I refuse to be pressured into riding something just to fit in or be accepted into the group. I can see why a lot of people might be intimidated by going recumbent; BUT the comfort, ease and still decent performance, make up for what any anti recumbent person might say. I have some (Close) friends that likewise are beginning to see the cliquish bunch, they have ridden with for so long and continue to inquire about my bent, which is a Bacchetta Giro. To all you out there, CHOOSE WHAT YOU WANT TO RIDE AND NOT WHAT OTHERS WANT YOU TO RIDE, JUST TO FIT IN!!! Signed Rhonda.
WOW Rhonda, what a STORY! I have to believe there’s a lot of people out there that would LOVE to try and go bent; BUT are SO AFRAID to be put into that outcast or spurned from their group scenario. I believe in time, your group will accept what you ride and maybe others will be encouraged to try something MORE comfortable and FUN to ride!