I have recently (at the time of original posting) taken up cycling a recumbent (a now discontinued Azub Eco 20" bicycle). My perineum thanks me, but immediately after a ride I feel a bit lopsided (more than usual). I presume I'm not sitting quite straight on the bike (or the seat isn't quite straight) so I am always leaning slightly. Is there an easy way to check whether I'm correctly positioned? (Or is it just my body that's asymmetric?)

  • Did you ever resolve this? I know I don't sit perfectly straight. In these days of cameras, is it possible to get someone to ride with you and record your ride from front, side, and from the rear? You could try a selfie stick but holding that will modify your body position anyway. Please feel free to add your own answer that shows what's happened since this question was asked.
    – Criggie
    Jul 29, 2018 at 0:38
  • @Criggie No. Other than moving somewhere with roads too scary to ride anything at all. Jul 29, 2018 at 11:26

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I'm not aware of a 'specific' way but I'm fairly certain that if you got the bike frame vertically level then placing a level across your seat would show you if the seat is level.


Part of the problem is that you're riding a trike, and that roads aren't flat, so you're continuously on a slight lean.

Its totally normal and to a large extent unavoidable.

You might be able to fit shims in your seat mounts to help angle the seat away from the camber of the road. The boom might be able to rotate a couple of degrees too, without causing significant problems to the chainline.

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    Good advice if it was a trike, but it's the now discontinued bicycle. Shame as it was much cheaper than the Azub Bufo (the frame isn't bent - cheaper to build but longer and, I assume, less stiff). Apr 24, 2017 at 15:53

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