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Old 11-28-2007, 09:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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First ride on a (semi-)recumbent bicycle: BikeE - got a CCM Evox 120

Originally written in Nov./06 ...

First ever ride on a recumbent today. "BikeE" Owner says: one of the lower end 'bents available at the time.

Very cool. Like sitting on a lazy boy. Suddenly riding my junk 10-spd around feels like mild torture by comparison!

Riding impressions:

- steering is twitchy. Seem to be steering a lot - correcting. Maybe it's the steering geometry, or else it's just the low mass of the tiny front wheel not helping out with the gyroscopic stuff. Anyway, I'm sure I'll get used to it and calm down the mini-swerves.

- Feels fast, because you're lower down.

- Also feels like you can put the power down more efficiently because you push against the pedals while the seatback pushes back.

- Very fun. I went out several times just to ride around on it. Was like being a kid again, discovering the joy of biking all over.

The owner (the same guy who orchestrated the lobbying effort that saw the introduction of Ontario's new law permitting electric assist bikes on the roads) is letting me borrow it for a couple of weeks. Cool!

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