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Old 01-20-2008, 06:47 AM   #11
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Generally, you won't use your arms on a 'bent (other than steering and such) -- it's better on your back (in general) as your back has more support... Your legs also get a different work out as a different muscle set is used.

The only thing that sucks about a 'bent is hill climbing capability.... You can't stand up and use gravity to your benefit, so you have to compensate with smaller chain rings and larger cassette combinations.....
You also do not get all the pain assocciated with riding a normal bike aka DF as you peddle in a seated position not balanced on a saddle. As to hill climbing that is a cobination of engine power ( your stamina ) and the configuration of the recumbent. My lwb Ranger sucks going up hills and my swb Vision r40 races up hills. Somewhere there is a tradeoff of what you can buy and what you are happy with. It may require you to forgo racing DF's up hills but you can wax them on downhills and the flats ( assuming that you are evenly matched with energy ).
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Old 06-06-2008, 02:30 PM   #12
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sweet

awesome!

I like the idea of extending the front fork the way you connected with the u-bolts.

How does it ride?
What is "caster" and have you had a chance to fix it?

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Old 06-06-2008, 03:00 PM   #13
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Well done! Just yesterday I came across a site with a bunch of interesting creations in this same vein. If you need more inspiration check this out:

http://www.atomiczombie.com/gallery.htm

They sell the plans to their bikes for less than $20 bucks, if you decide to go that route.
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If you're interested in DIY recumbents, take a look at this:
http://groups.google.com/groups?q=re...+diy+recumbent

Try other similar searches there, too. That group is great for that kind of stuff.
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