Author Topic: Split decision: What to buy?  (Read 3433 times)

Offline Plu

Re: Split decision: What to buy?
« Reply #15 on: August 13, 2013, 04:00:24 AM »
He can't, but he can hear text. There's plenty of tools around that will read out a website to you. As long as it's properly formatted. Which it usually isn't, because most websites are made by incompetent derps.
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Re: Split decision: What to buy?
« Reply #16 on: August 13, 2013, 04:07:28 AM »
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He can't, but he can hear text. There's plenty of tools around that will read out a website to you. As long as it's properly formatted. Which it usually isn't, because most websites are made by incompetent derps.
Oooohhhhhh. I bet my greeting to him on his intro post is going to be confusing to him then. :-?
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Offline Plu

Re: Split decision: What to buy?
« Reply #17 on: August 13, 2013, 04:08:43 AM »
I don't think the guy is literally blind... I think it's just a figure of speech.
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Re: Split decision: What to buy?
« Reply #18 on: August 13, 2013, 04:12:58 AM »
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I don't think the guy is literally blind... I think it's just a figure of speech.
Could've had a v8!
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Offline SGOS

Re: Split decision: What to buy?
« Reply #19 on: August 13, 2013, 04:55:26 AM »
Of all my bikes, my recumbent was by far my favorite.  It was very good for longer distances.  Besides being more comfortable in that odd riding position, your head is naturally looking forward, rather than down at the pavement.  I found that position most enjoyable, and was much more aware of my surroundings while riding.

I eventually bought riding shoes with toe clips because I lost control once when my feet slipped off the pedals.  You can see how that could happen easier on a recumbent.  If you get the design with the handle bars in the front, I think it's a bit safer if that happens, because it won't throw your body forward in a foot slip.  I had under the seat steering, which was actually very comfortable, but gives you nothing to push against in a foot slip.

I didn't crash that time, but I was at high speed down a long hill, and I fought tooth and nail not to fall.

Offline wolf39us

Re: Split decision: What to buy?
« Reply #20 on: August 13, 2013, 10:19:56 AM »
Interesting SGOS, I've heard of the infamous foot slip... Or even your foot being yanked backwards!  All in all though I also hear that the damage you (usually) take is significantly less compared to an upright due to the relative distance to the ground.

I've never once ridden a recumbent and there is a rental place on a local paved trail that will rent out nice ones for $50/day.  I'm thinking of giving that a go.  The girlfriend and I can have a nice day out together on the trail!  But unfortunately our days are close to 95F and make it difficult to do much riding.

Re: Split decision: What to buy?
« Reply #21 on: August 13, 2013, 11:27:57 AM »
I guess the recumbent is ok if you're interested solely in road riding.  I prefer off-road, so it wouldn't be my choice.  Either way, outside in the fresh air is a better buzz than doing something indoors IMO.

Offline wolf39us

Re: Split decision: What to buy?
« Reply #22 on: August 13, 2013, 11:29:06 AM »
Like I said, it's hot as shit out right now for at least the next few months

Offline SGOS

Re: Split decision: What to buy?
« Reply #23 on: August 13, 2013, 12:22:01 PM »
Quote from: "wolf39us"
I've heard of the infamous foot slip... Or even your foot being yanked backwards!
Yeah, when your feet fall off the pedals and hit the pavement, it sends your upper body into a forward lurch that wrecks your balance.  Handlebars in front may keep that from happening.  But shoes with toe cleats make it very secure, although it takes some practice hooking them to the pedals.

Recumbents are also awkward to get rolling.  The first time I rode one, another guy ran along with me like you do with a little kid to get them started.  I've done it for first timers myself.

Offline SGOS

Re: Split decision: What to buy?
« Reply #24 on: August 13, 2013, 12:25:00 PM »
Quote from: "Youssuf Ramadan"
I guess the recumbent is ok if you're interested solely in road riding.  I prefer off-road, so it wouldn't be my choice.  Either way, outside in the fresh air is a better buzz than doing something indoors IMO.
Pretty much pavement only.  I also had a mountain bike.

Offline Jutter

Re: Split decision: What to buy?
« Reply #25 on: August 15, 2013, 07:08:45 PM »
Go for the DDR pads. Why? Because otherwise you'll soon decide the airodynamics could be improved on also, and that's a slippery slope to looking like a right twat.

Keep your goofy looking hobbies indoors. :twisted:  :P
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Offline wolf39us

Re: Split decision: What to buy?
« Reply #26 on: August 15, 2013, 08:02:27 PM »
I bought the DDR pads -- they are coming in a couple weeks :-)

 

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