Some of my more recent visitors may not realize that I sometimes ride those rare and unusual laid-back bicycles called “recumbents”. As a matter of fact, prior to starting EcoVelo I maintained a blog called The Recumbent Blog.
Having been on both sides of the fence, I’m here to tell you they’re all just bicycles, and contrary to their outward appearances, recumbents and upright bikes are far more alike than they are different, just as racing bikes, touring bikes, city bikes, mountain bikes, and fixies have much more in common than not.
Each type of bicycle has its strengths and weaknesses. Some are fast but fragile, others can carry a load but are heavy; some are comfortable but difficult in traffic, others are highly maneuverable but require constant attention from the rider, etc., etc.
Currently our stable includes a recumbent tandem that is the most comfortable and enjoyable bike I can imagine for long days on open country roads; a pair of traditional English roadsters that are perfect for jaunty jaunts around town; and a touring bike turned city bike that I use as a car replacement for serious daily transportation. They all fit a niche and perform wonderfully when they’re in their element.
I’m glad that we have so many options. And regardless of what type of bike they’re riding, I’m always happy to see another bicyclist on the road because every person on a bike is one less person in a car.