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A recumbent is a bicycle (or tricycle) that places the rider in a laid-back reclining position.

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Can I race if I cannot or no longer ride a sit up cycle?

If someone likes the challenge of racing but finds it impossible to ride a traditional bicycle, can they ride in organised races? And if yes, how can they find when and where to race?
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Fairings for an Upright Hybrid Bicycle?

Do front fairings have an advantage for upright bicycles? There are fairings for recumbent bicycles such as this Zipper one: I wanted to know if anybody has experienced increase in speed/reduction ...
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As recumbents are low to the ground and hard to see, how to you use one safely on a normal road?

My wife thinks that she can't use a recumbent on the roads, as a car driver will not be able to see it. What’s the solution?
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Would a recumbent bike be allowed at an ultra endurance event? & Why is no one using one?

When I look at ultra-endurance races, for example, https://www.transcontinental.cc/ I always think two things: Wow! I want to do this This is ideal for a recumbent bike! So, I wonder: Would this be ...
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Why do we rarely see recumbents and almost never see velomobiles?

Recumbent bicycles are more efficient than ordinary upright bicycles, and velomobiles are even more efficient. Then why do we see them so rarely on the road? Is it because they are expensive, or are ...
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Why are recumbents so slow uphill?

I've ridden a recumbent a few times and noticed that going uphill is very, very slow. Given that recumbents are supposed to be more efficient than diamond frame bicycles, why are they so darn slow ...
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Can I use a chain gobbler on my kettwiesel trike to accommodate shorter and taller Riders as I move the boom in and out?

My kettwiesel 2006 trike is set up from the factory to use a shorter chain or a longer chain depending upon the riders height and is shipped that way from the factory. An option from the factory is a ...
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How to start riding a recumbent bike?

I want to try riding a recumbent two-wheel bike to see if its easier. So I borrowed one and I just cannot get it to work right. When the owner demonstrates it looks so easy and really fast. We are ...
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Challenge Seiran luggage rack image or blueprint

Years ago, I bought a Challenge Seiran. At the time, I didn't bother buying the luggage rack attachment. Not the one attached behind the seat but the one going under it. For those who don't know, it ...
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What should I consider when looking at a recumbent trike for commuting and winter riding?

AS part of my investigation on my bike replacement, I'm starting to look at a trike. I like the idea of a trike as it looks to be much more comfortable, much faster, but also much more expensive (in ...
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GreenMachine by Flevobike (recumbent) - Clicking Noise When Pedaling

The clicking is most noticeable when in lower gears and just starting off on a ride. After about 5 minutes it is still there but not as loud. There are two chains, one from the pedals to the mid-...
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Why are recumbent bicycles and velomobiles illegal in UCI bicycle racing?

As stated in the title. However, the "superman" position is also illegal, and the question applies to that as well. Motor racing will often lean on safety to explain why there are so many limitations ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of different pedal formats for a recumbent?

We're reasonably familiar with pedals on conventional bikes. Flats are convenient for normal shoes Clips and Clipless provide foot retention and option of pulling up A recumbent has additional ...
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Where (UK) can we rent an adult tricycle or recumbent tricycle

There are a lot of cycle tracks (mostly old railway lines) in the UK that have bike rental, however very few of them have adult tricycle or recumbent tricycle. Does anyone have the list of where you ...
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Renting a velomobile outside the Netherlands [closed]

I have seen a few questions on this site and a few more answers which are about Velomobiles. Several of them show that the asker or answerer has clearly no experience whatsoever with velomobiles and ...
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Is there a reason that velomobiles aren't made in a prone design?

So I just recently began looking at making my own velomobile and I designed a prone position reverse trike. I was having trouble converting my design into real dimensions and decided to look and see ...
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Is it possible to use a disc front brake and a regenerative rear brake system for electric Catrike recumbent?

I have a Catrike Villager tadpole recumbent with a single lever to operate the two disc brakes on the front wheels. I want to put a direct-drive hub motor on the rear and utilize regenerative braking. ...
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DIY cargo bikes and recumbent bikes seem to use rod end bearings with an axial load. Is that ok?

I have been looking into possibly building my own cargo bike (inspired by the xyz cargo bike). That said, I am interested in possibly modifying the design - including how the steerable wheels are ...
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Are there recumbent-specific pedals with reflectors on the top and bottom instead of front and back?

At least in Germany, amber reflectors on bicycle pedals are a legally required. All my recumbents have them, but neither of these reflectors is any useful, because they usually point upwards or ...
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Are there any recumbent tricycles that can be transported with a normal car?

My wife would like a 3 wheeled recumbent, but I can’t see how we can transport one with a normal car. I can put my bike on a rack or the roof, but all the recumbent I have seen are too large to ...
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What are the (dis)advantages of a tadpole vs. a delta trike?

On a recumbent trike, what are the advantages (and disadvantages) of two wheels in the front and one wheel in the back (a "tadpole" in recumbent terminology), vs. two wheels in the back and ...
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Are there special heavy-duty front derailleurs for recumbent trikes or recumbent bicycles?

I have a "normal" short wheelbase highracer recumbent bicycle (Radius Hornet I) for about 20 years now, so I'm generally used to recumbent-specific things. But since recently I also own an ...
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Where can I find a Dual tire front disc brake kit for a recumbent trike

I am accumulating parts to construct a recumbent trike with independent front suspension. I need to use disc brakes based on the framework I intend to use. I am looking for a dual set of front disc ...
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Are recumbents more fatal in an accident than a regular bicycle?

I noticed a bunch of people riding recumbents a few days ago, as well as upright bikes, for an event happening in my town. What struck me was the low ride height and poor visibility (by others) of ...
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Easy racer tour easy frame seat?

New on this site,I would like to know where to go for replace seat frame on a tour easy recumbent ! Many Thanks!
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Do recumbent bicycles cause knee pain?

I've been thinking about the way the body is positioned on a recumbent bicycle and it seems like knee pain might result. Even if you use a low gearing I think the force direction will always be in a ...
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What are the benefits and drawbacks of different recumbent seat styles?

I've just bought a project recumbent. It has no seat yet. There are many different types - why would I choose a mesh one over a solid one? Mesh style - a HPVelotechnik "ergomesh" "...
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What can I do to pedals to help kids or smaller riders use the bike

We recently bought a recumbent tricycle second-hand for our special needs daughter (catrike pocket). The bikes pedals are a little bit out of reach for her (~4 inches). These bikes are expesive and we ...
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Cybex Recumbent exercise bike clicks on left side of wheel/pedal

I just got a used Cybex recumbent bike. For the first 3 weeks it worked perfect. Then out of the blue the left pedal started clicking as I bring my foot around and up. It starts after using it for a ...
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Help me find model of recumbent bike?

I am new to the community but used to ride pretty heavily for 2-3 years back in college (2015-2018) and am hoping to get back into the hobby, and am hoping to track down my old bike make/model. I ...
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Best setup for long distance?

I’m looking to get a recumbent bike for travelling long weekends around Europe. I don’t know much about bikes and I’m looking at recumbent mainly for comfort reasons; I tried biking long trips on a ...
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Is a recumbent trike faster than a non-recumbent bicycle?

I am seriously considering getting a recumbent trike, probably one in a tadpole configuration, and was weighting up how much time I would save during my commute when compared to my normal bike. ...
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how to remove broken grommet from recumbent seat (without damaging mesh)?

summary: Note this question is not about installing a new grommet: I know how to do that is about removing a grommet, so that I can install a new grommet in the already-existing hole details: I ...
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How to fix ripped out ball joint in indirect under seat steering recumbent

There are two ball joints involved in the steering mechanism of my under seat steering recumbent. One of them ripped out of its socket: The dirty grey-green part inside the end of the bar is made of ...
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Tire selection for winter trike riding?

I'm thinking of trying out some winter riding on a recumbent tadpole trike. (ie the single drive wheel is in the rear). With regular tires it slips all over the place; of course you can't really wipe ...
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Improving turning radius on an under-seat steering recumbent?

This under-seat steering tadpole has a pretty large turning radius. The limitation seems to be that the handlebars will bump into the seat. When this happens the actual steering linkage seems like it ...
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What defines a recumbent?

Is there a clear technical definition for a recumbent? Is it the position of the knee in relation to the crank? The presence or absence of a back rest? There seems to be a fine line between, for ...
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Trainer for recumbent bikes

I've been thinking about getting a trainer for my M5 CHR. Wahoo Kickr seemms nice, but they do not recommend it for use with recumbent bikes. Is it just because they lack the experience or would it be ...
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Calculate suspension oil needed for a fork?

I've got a non-standard 20" air fork (Mekkem SASO) that could use some maintenance, but there's zero info I can find from either the manufacturer or OEM on oil viscosity, volume, or anything else. I'...
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Where can I get a fork that will fit a 7 speed gear and a disc brake? Or how could I make one for said specification?

Im trying to insert a 7 speed gear and disc brake on the front wheel of a recumbent cycle that I'm trying to make. However its difficult to find or almost impossible to get forks with widths that ...
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Should I rotate the tires on a (grown-up) trike?

I have a recumbent tadpole trike (though maybe this would apply to any style). Its two front wheels have a few degrees of inwards lean. The rear is of course perfectly vertical. I've read in another ...
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DIY "recumbent" trainer

I have some back issues and my doctor recommended to use a bike with a chair instead of a seat post. I have a old bike that I used for a trainer. I plan to cut the front part of it, turn the ...
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Are Velomobiles street legal in the UK?

I saw a question about velomobiles and recumbent bikes and I was wondering if they were street legal in the UK? Can you ride one on a cycle path or would you have to stick to roads?
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How to keep my testicles from freezing on a recumbent

I wonder how to keep my testicles (plus part of the perineum) from freezing. I ride a recumbent, which is making it worse because it exposes those parts to the wind much more and I use unpadded tights ...
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Are high racers safer due to enhanced visibility compared to low racers or classic recumbents?

Naively, I would expect that a high racer is safer in traffic than a low racer. With the rider higher up, she or he should be more visible compared to being closer to the ground. Considering that ...
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Are ultra high racers available commercially?

In the Hessian woods today I saw a recumbent where the rider was positioned very high; his entire body was higher than any of the wheels. In this position, he was at least as visible as an rider on ...
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What is the drag / power lost to a safety flag?

I have a recumbent bike that has a safety flag on the top of a thin pole, so it flutters around higher than and after my head. How much power am I losing to this flag that could be used to power my ...
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How can a recumbent tadpole trike brake three wheels with only two levers?

So this is probably a terrible idea, but I was looking at recumbent tadpoles recently and it just clicked. I would have two brake levers but three wheels. I would need to have to... 1.) Calibrate the ...
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How to secure the fork when there is no stem

On my half recumbent tandem, there is no stem on the front steerer tube. I would like to change the upper cup of the headset (related question Play in headset with no upper bearings on a tandem ...
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What is the optimum location / offset of a derailleur hanger vs axle?

In my particular case, I would quite likely be using something like a GoatLink so I can use an 11-40t or 11-42t cassette on a home-built recumbent tadpole trike (so, single rear wheel). I'd like to ...