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General Discussion / Recumbent Bike Touring
« on: March 19, 2004, 12:55:41 pm »
Hi, Geary:  Sorry for waiting so long to reply.  I just saw your new post.  As far as stability in hill climbing, after a short learning period, you should not wobble or wonder in any significant way.  Remember, most upright riders wobble a bit too in slow speed climbing.  I have ascended many, many thousands of feet (I ride in the Sierras of southern California) and no dangerous wobblies yet.  And, of course, the more experience you get, the straighter the line you can hold.

You should know, however, that all other things being equal (ha!), short wheel base bikes have better slow speed handling.  On my previous SWB, I could easily creep up hills at about 3--3.5 mph, sometimes a bit slower.  In my defense  :) I usually don't go this slow!  But I wanted to see just how slow I could move and still remain in control.  The SWB was amazing in this regard.  A long wheel base is more difficult to manage at such low speeds.

If you are seriously considering a SWB, think about one that is suspended.  This would be very nice to have for long tours.  LWB bikes naturally absorb lots of road shock, so suspension isn't really needed.

BTW, if I were to buy a LWB again, I'd probably go with the Longbikes, "Slipstream"--a beautiful, solid bike with dual disk brakes and underseat steering.  I hope to own one some day.

http://www.longbikes.com/

Best of Luck!

Scott


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General Discussion / Recumbent Bike Touring
« on: February 20, 2004, 02:31:39 am »
I really became I cycle tourist because of recumbents, and I wouldn't do a paved road tour with anything else.  The challenge is to find a style of recumbent that works well for you.  Most people tend to think that a long wheel base design is the most stable and best suited to touring though many have used short wheel base designs, too.  I currently ride a Tour Easy by Easy Racers, a bike long considered a bench mark for touring.  With panniers that fit under the seat, handling is superb, almost as if the bike is not weighed down at all.  I love it.  Do your best to find a shop where you can try as many as possible.
Cheers,

Scott


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General Discussion / Touring w/doggie?
« on: January 31, 2004, 08:40:31 pm »
Thanks for all your replies, everyone.  My wife and I just recently got a Burley "Solo" trailer for hauling children.  We removed just about everything for holding a child and added some tie-downs for the Django, the hound in question.  Today we did our first little zip around the 'hood.  We went slowly, and he seemed to get used to it.  Mostly, I think, we just need to ease him into it, make it fun, provide lots of treats, etc.  BTW, the Burley "Solo" is beautifully made and has a 100lb load limit.  Burley makes great stuff.

If you folks see a looooong recumbent tandem trike hauling a trailer in N. Cal. this summer, odds are it's us!  

Thanks,

Scott


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General Discussion / Touring w/doggie?
« on: January 16, 2004, 09:38:21 pm »
Does anyone out there have experience touring with a good-sized dog?  We've got a wonderful 50lb. border collie/cattle dog mix that we're going to try touring with.  We'll be getting a Burley "Solo" trailer.  The idea is to have my wife as stoker on our recumbent tandem trike control the dog while he walks/trots uphill and then have Django the Wonder Dog ride down hill and on the flats.  We think we can get him to jump in and out of the trailer for rolling terrain.  That's the theory, anyway!  Any imput, advice, wisdom appreciated.

Thanks,

Scott


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