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Recumbent Cycling Apparel - Bent Rider Clothing

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Recumbent Cycling Apparel

Recumbent riders have special needs for riding apparel as they are seated without the ischial bone support. The upright position and the seated position create unique demands for riding. Recumbent riders can have a tendency to build heat in the saddle area so the use of a wicking fabric is needed to keep dry and comfortable. Aero Tech is always trying to come up with better ideas to keep our fellow recumbent riders more comfortable.

We understand the issues of visibility and special "hot spots" for avid riders. As we develop our products, our goal is always to keep you riding longer, and feeling stronger. The shorts we recommend below are stretchy and provide you with complete freedom of movement for the cycling motion on a recumbent bicycle.

Ride Longer..fellow Bent Riders...See you on the road! Read More Below...

What You Need To Know About Recumbent Cycling

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Recumbent bicycles create a new opportunity for comfort with it's ergonomic design that is naturally comfortable. The seat puts the rider into a reclined position with the feet forward. Get more joy while riding a recumbent bicycle. The comfortable cycling position is beneficial for people who have neck and arm issues. All of the weight is in the basket-type seat and the pressure is off your neck and arms.

"Bent" In Shape - Types of Recumbent Bikes

A recumbent bike places the rider in a laid-back, reclining position. Most recumbent riders choose this type of design for ergonomic reasons. The rider's weight is distributed comfortably over a larger area (across the back and buttocks). This contrasts from the traditional upright bicycle, where the body weight rests entirely on a small portion of the sit bones. The reclined position is aerodynamic and on flat land, thee recumbent may have a slight advantage over a traditional bicycle. That's because most recumbent models (the reclined, legs-forward position) presents a smaller, frontal profile of the rider. Some recumbent bike models are even as daring as to place the rider in the head-forward position.

Recumbents are available in a wide range of configurations, including: long to short wheelbase; large, small, or a mix of wheel sizes; overseat, underseat, or no-hands steering; and rear wheel or front wheel drive.

Long Wheelbase Bike (LWB): Its wheelbase measures between 65" - 71". Its ride is quite smooth, comfortable, fast and stable but due to the length, low speed maneuverability can be a bit tricky on busy streets or on narrow paths.

Short Wheelbase Bike (SWB): Its wheelbase measures between 33" - 45". Its front wheel is underneath or a little ahead of the riders knees, with the crankset mounted on a boom. It has a quick handling, is easy to maneuver, and is more compact, making it easier to transport and stow.

Compact Long Wheelbase Bike (CLWB): Its wheelbase measures between 46" - 64". This bike is the easiest bike to learn on for beginning recumbent cyclists. It's responsive, very stable, and with a higher seat, more visible, making great commuter bikes.

Lowracer: This type of recumbent bike has a seat height under 12". These bikes typically have a short wheelbase, but can have longer wheelbases. You can normally put your hand down at stops. Typically the seats are hard shell and very laid back. These bikes are very fast due to their low frontal area, and take advantage of the fact that the wind slows down as it nears the ground. These bikes are best for racing or riding in low traffic areas.

Highracer: This recumbent bike usually uses two 700C wheels and can have a very laid back lowracer type seating position. The efficient driveline and big wheels make them fastest for hills and bumpy roads.

Moving Bottom Bracket (MBB): This recumbent bike has pedals that move with the steering, making them more a little more challenging to learn how to ride for beginners. The drivetrain is very efficient and these can be fast bikes.

Prone: This is a recumbent bike that you power while laying on your front side, head first, as opposed to a recumbent where you are sitting or laying on your back side, feet first.

Trikes: There are recumbent trikes available if the three-wheeled look is more your style. Generally the tadpole trikes (two wheels in front) are better at cornering, while the delta trikes (two in back) are more stable at high speeds. Trikes come in a huge range of weights and prices. Recumbent trikes are generally slower than recumbent bikes, but are easier to balance.

Handcycles
In order to accommodate paraplegics and other individuals with little or no use of their legs, many manufacturers have designed hand-powered recumbent trikes, also known as handcycles, with two coasting rear wheels and one steerable powered front wheel powered by the arms rather than the legs. Brake levers are usually mounted on the handholds which are usually mounted in phase, unlike pedal cranks, which are usually 180 out of phase. This allows the rider to more easily use their torso to help propel the cycle. The entire crank assembly and the front wheel turn together, allowing the rider to steer and crank simultaneously. Some designs use two front wheels and a single rear wheel, while others use lean-steer designs.

Handcycles have now become a regular sight at races and are beginning to be seen on the streets. A handcycle is not to be confused with a wheelchair, as a handcycle has a crank and gears, while a wheelchair has push-rims directly on the main wheels.

How to Choose the Right Recumbent Bike

With a wide variety of choices on the market for recumbent bikes, how do you know which one is right for you? Before you buy your recumbent bike, take into consideration the following aspects:

Price
The first thing to consider is the price so you can set a budget for yourself. Recumbent bikes start out higher than the usual upright bikes because they are not yet mass produced and include more parts, like a supportive seatback. The lowest priced ones are quite serviceable and easy to ride, but are often very heavy. If you are a casual rider, or on a limited budget, you may want to start out with one of the lower-priced recumbent bikes. High-end recumbent bikes and trikes can be priced up to the thousands, depending on the model. Paying higher prices for a recumbent bike will also buy you things like a light-weight frame, performance-enhanced components, stronger suspension to make you more aerodynamic and increase your speed and control.

Rider Height and Weight
Most recumbent bikes are designed to fit a specific range a rider heights. If you are a short rider, you may find that a recumbent bike with a smaller front wheel will be easier to ride due to its low seat height. If you are taller you can ride mostly any type of recumbent bike, but you should still test it out to make sure you can go through the cycling motion comfortably. If you are overweight or have circulatory issues in your legs, you will probably want a long wheelbase (LWB) recumbent with a lower bottom bracket. If you don't have these issues, or want a sportier feeling bike, you may want a short wheelbase (SWB) recumbent.

Riding style
Like upright bikes, some recumbent bikes are designed to be more comfortable and relaxed, while others are designed with performance in mind. The higher performance models may not be less comfortable, but they are usually more expensive. If you're just interested in being Ricky Bobby and just want to go fast, and excessive traffic isn't an issue, a lowracer is a good choice because these recumbent bikes have the best aerodynamics. If you want to go fast, but will be riding in higher traffic areas or up large hills, the highracer design would be a better choice due to it's more visible position and higher efficiency drivetrain. In general, the higher a bike's bottom bracket and the more reclined the seat, the more aerodynamic the recumbent bike will be. However, this type of recumbent bike requires a higher skill level to ride. Recumbent bikes with upright seats and a lower BB, such as compact long wheelbase (CLWB), or long wheelbase (LWB) bikes are quite easy to ride, so most beginning recumbent riders can jump on and ride without issues.

Fitness Level
If you consider yourself a casual rider who may ride around once in a while, we suggest that you don't invest in a high-end, speedy, performance recumbent bike. These types of recumbent bikes are expensive and can easily range from $2000 to $5000 or higher, which is a large amount to spend on a bike you may only ride a couple times Try to find one that's designed more for comfort, especially if you are a beginner to recumbent cycling. It may take some time getting used to the "bent" cycling form.

Recumbent Cycling Essentials - Clothing & Gear

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Aero Tech Designs Recumbent Cycling Apparel

Recumbent riders have special needs for riding apparel as they are seated differently than their upright cycling companions. Because of a recumbent rider's laid-back position, this changes the pattern of the standard cycling jersey to fit the needs of the rider.

Our Aero Tech Design recumbent jerseys have the following key features:
1. Rider Visibility at Shoulder Level
2. Seamless Back for Comfort and Durability
3. Front Pockets for Storage
4. Reflective Elements for Low-Light Conditions
5. Stretch for Freedom of Movement

Recumbent riders can have a tendency to build heat in the saddle area so the use of a wicking fabric is needed to keep dry and comfortable. Because of the laid-back cycling position the recumbent rider is in, we recommend wearing compression shorts since there will be little pressure on the sit bones, hence little to no need for a chamois pad. The compression will also aid in helping you to Ride Longer and Feel Stronger. Our Aero Tech Designs compression shorts are stretchy and provide you with complete freedom of movement for the cycling motion on a recumbent bicycle.

Recumbent Bike Racks

If you're planning to travel with your recumbent bike, you're going to need a way to transport it. Before you buy a bike rack out of the many available options out on the cycling market, consider your needs and preferences first. How many bikes do you need to carry? How do you feel about lifting your recumbent bike over your head? Will you be parking in a garage with low clearance? Keep in mind that not all racks may fit all vehicles. Although most recumbent bikes will fit on traditional style racks, some racks are better suited for recumbent bikes than others.

Rack Types

Hitch Mount Racks
Pros
Easy to use
Easy to install, once you have a receiver hitch
Can carry multiple bikes
Cons
Must have a receiver hitch
Sticks out from the back of the vehicle
May block access to the rear door or trunk

Roof mount racks
Pros
Offer flexibility for carrying several types of bikes, plus other sports equipment with optional accessories
Leaves the trunk/rear door accessible
Easy to install
Bikes on the rack do not touch each other or the car
Cons
Must lift at least part of the bike onto the roof
Must remember to remove the bikes before entering the garage
Must know clearance height to avoid hitting anything overhead

Trunk mount racks
Pros
Can be configured to fit multiple vehicles
Usually fold flat for compact storage
Cons
Bikes can rub on each other or the car
Less security than other types of racks
Limit access to the truck/rear of the vehicle
May not fit your vehicle

Other carrying systems
Spare tire mount racks are also available, and are similar to trunk mount racks.

Additional Tips for Choosing a Carrying Rack

Many racks designed to mount on the trunk or rear of the vehicle have holders that are made to be used with conventional bike frames. Because of the variety of recumbent bike styles, these holders can get in the way. Racks with simpler designs usually work better for recumbent bikes.

Look for a hitch-mounted rack that allows you to place the wheels of the bike in the rack rather than securing the bike by the frame. This takes less lifting and eliminates the problem of having the frame design interfere with your ability to mount the bike on the rack.

If you are planning to carry your recumbent bike on a roof rack, you may need to remove the front wheel and the seat.