The Ergonomic Bike
We are going to give you the low down on these recumbent bikes. Recumbent bikes have been ergonomically design for the human body. You are in a more relaxed, laid back position and your feet are out in front of you.
Believers say they are a more efficient way to ride, because you are in a laid back, relaxed position, putting less strain on your back, as your legs do all of the work. We’ve also heard it argued that these bikes are great for couriers; if someone suddenly opens a car door in front of you, you will hit with your feet first, instead of face planting it.
We are attempting not to take one side or the other; we only want to present to you the arguments of true believers in recumbent bikes say.
The biggest concern, at least if you’re a man, is Erectile Dysfunction caused from the saddle on regular bikes. The weight on this “area” of the body can cause genital numbness. It even holds true for women as well. As little as three hours on a bike can lead to numbness that can then lead to cell death. That’s one issue.
Next is the stress on the back and neck, especially the neck. Most riders who have ridden a racing or tour bike know what it’s like to go on for a long time and then eventually hang their head down because they can’t hold their heads up any more. This, we agree, can and has been fatal.
The recumbent bike on the other hand allows for a much wider, safer field of view of traffic and obstacles that may lie ahead.
Ease & Speed
While road bikes, like the ones Lance, and Alberto Contador ride, recumbent bikes are considered to be more for ease rather than speed. But make no mistake about it, there are some manufacturers who have pursued speed for recumbent bikes.
In this respect, recumbent bikes can be very serious speedsters.
But it’s hard to see them tackling mountains. Mountain biking requires the use of your whole body for balance and extra power, hence when you raise up off of the saddle and push up the incline. When you’re on a recumbent bike, your upper body movement is significantly restricted.
You almost have to learn how to ride all over again when you get on one of these things. If you’re an avid cyclist, getting on this thing is like… putting your shoes on your hands and trying to learn how to walk upside down. Okay, perhaps that isn’t the best example, but it feels completely different and it requires practice.