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Recumbent Bikes

Recumbent bikes are the fastest bikes on land in the world. Because they are so fast, they were banned from racing in 1934. In fact, due to the 1934 UCI rules, recumbents are not even considered bicycles. These bikes have rider sitting in a supine position. On a recumbent model, the rider’s back is supported and his legs are extended in front of him. Tricycles are also very popular in the recumbent market.

There are many different variations of these bikes. There are so many different types that it is difficult to offer any one really good definition. The variations include tricycles, lowracers, tandems, handcycles, and even custom-made home-built recumbents. Because there are so many different types, there are a lot of different perceived advantages over other bikes. But due to their non-standard design, there are difficulties with bike racks, locks, and other things like that.

Recumbent models are also generally more expensive than up-rights. This is because they are generally built either by hand or by very small factories and shops. But if you like the many advantages they offer—including the fact that they’re easier on joints and the heart—then the additional cost could be worth it.

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