1/ Are recumbents comfortable ?
Yes recumbents are comfortable, gone are the days of a sore back,
stiff neck, and a numb tailbone. You ride sitting in a comfortable sprung
chair , with no pressure on your hands and wrists and with your head and
neck in a natural upright position. Because of the extra comfort, people
find they can ride a recumbent further and longer than normal and yet still
arrive at their destination feeling refreshed. All this means that they
have more fun and increase their fitness level.
2/ Are recumbents hard to ride ?
No recumbents are not hard to ride. Our recumbent bikes balance just
like upright bikes. Here at FREEDOM HPV’s we find that if a new rider relaxes
their hands and leans back into the seat, they rapidly become totally at
ease with the new riding position. Recumbent trikes are of course even
easier to ride.
3/ Are recumbents easy to transport ?
All of FREEDOM HPV’s models are able to be carried on normal car
bike racks with little or no modification.
4/ Can recumbents climb hills ?
Properly geared recumbents can climb well. Early recumbent bikes
were heavy and had inadequate gearing. Consequently, they developed a poor
reputation for hill climbing. All FREEDOM HPV’s models are designed with
adequate low gearing and weigh very little more than similarly equipped
upright bikes. Most riders find that after a short acclimatization period
they climb as effectively as on a similar weight upright bicycle.
5/ How safe are recumbents ?
Because of the relaxed, natural "heads up" seating position, you
have better straight ahead and peripheral vision than on an upright bicycle.
In a panic stop situation, the lower centre of gravity means you cannot
get thrown over the handlebars onto your head and/or shoulders. If a rider
does fall off, they are more likely to fall to the side, landing on a hip.
6/ Are recumbents faster or slower than normal bikes ?
Not many people know that recumbents hold all of the absolute speed
records for bicycles. These include nearly 110 kph over a flying 200 meters
and almost 75 km in one hour. In fact the reason this style of bike is
not more common is that they were banned from official competition back
in the mid 1930’s because it was claimed they gave an unfair advantage
to the rider! This ban remains in force today. Whilst FREEDOM HPV’s build
custom racing recumbents, its production models are designed more for touring
and leisure riding than speed. You will still be surprised how much less
effort these models require to ride at the same speed as you friends on
their upright bikes.
7/ Don’t recumbents look funny?
The shape of a conventional bike hasn’t changed much for more than a century. Here at FREEDOM HPV’s we enjoy showing people that there are human powered vehicles that look different and function better than normal. Why be conventional, show people that you are an innovative person.
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