Recenty, a number of people have asked about my old recumbents, what I used to ride, why I quit riding ‘bents, etc.
I rode a number of different bikes, ranging from a Bacchetta Ti Aero to various SWBs, LWBs, and finally a custom Easy Racers Tour Easy (shown above) built for me by Rick Steele at Gold Country Cyclery. Before switching back to riding uprights, I had pretty much settled on long wheelbase, low bottom bracket bikes, with the TE being my favorite. I miss that bike.
Why don’t I ride ‘bents anymore? It’s simple: they don’t play very well with transit and city bike facilities. An important component of my monster commute is a city bike locker. As far as I know, there is no ‘bent currently being manufactured that will fit in either our city bike lockers or on our city bike racks. A friend was fortunate enough to convince the city to give him two lockers and knock out the divider to house his Lightning P-38, but lockers are so in-demand these days that it’s no longer an option. Another less important and very subjective reason I switched, is that I prefer a uprights to recumbents in stop-and-go city traffic. I can’t say with any confidence that I won’t own a recumbent in the future, it’s just that at this particular station in life they don’t fit in very well.
I need to add a caveat. We still own a recumbent – it’s a RANS Screamer tandem. We occasionally take it out for a joy ride, though not often. We’re saving it for our retirement when we hope to take some long tours on that awesome machine.