A Bike’s a Bike’s a Bike

My Old Bike

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.

8 Responses to “A Bike’s a Bike’s a Bike”

  • Ian says:

    Right there with ya, Alan.

    While I love my Quest, both for open road speed and general commuting, I’m also quite pleased when I jump on my Xtracycle rig and ride a couple miles to the store. In my case, the ‘more alike’ bit is that they’re both rather odd and get plenty of attention. ;)

  • John says:

    My limitation is space ! I only have a 12 bike garage !

    John in Roseburg

  • Steve Fuller says:

    My rule of thumb is that no two bikes in my garage should be exactly alike. For a couple of them, the only difference is single speed versus geared though. :)

  • Mohjho says:

    I found this website from your recumbent site. Between my Surly fixed gear, Cannondale/Xtracycle, and Bacchetta Cafe, my bike world is well rounded. I love reading about other riders that share my enthusiasm of all forms of cycling. Keep up the good work.

  • Ahmad says:

    Share the love, brother! Riding makes for some excellent community, and community makes for some excellent compassion.

  • Adrienne says:

    If it goes, it’s good!

  • ksteinhoff says:

    I found something that helped me deal with bike congestion in my storage room: The Cycle Tree from Harbor Freight. It holds up to six bikes in a roughly four square feet and it’s on wheels, so you can roll it around. The best part is that it was only $59.98, including shipping.

    Here’s a full review with pictures:


    I was pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn’t a piece of junk.

  • CHARLES says:

    I have gone full circle starting with a mountain bike and then a Bike E, then on to a Rans V2, a Rivendell fit inspired touring bike, a single speed and finally to my Surly Long Haul Trucker with 41mm wide tires. I found that with a proper higher handlebar fit and a decent saddle I could ride an upright comfortably for about as long as I could ride my recumbents. My comfortable mileage limit is around 60 miles regardless of the style of bike. Age, conditioning and time available for riding and recovery are my limiting factors. I’m learning that uber high mileage riding is not that healthy for your body unless you take it easy and maintain about a 65% intensity level. This is where I am focusing my riding…..somewhere in that practical range of usefulness and my recovery capabilities. I’m also looking at a folder in the future so that I can integrate riding into my lifestyle more easily.

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