adrian_sm wrote:... about recumbents, the lower ride height would get me more nervous on the roads with cars. They have a hard enough time noticing a normal upright bike.
Sigh. Yet another myth propagated onward toward bicycling eternity ...
Recumbents are actually more
visible than uprights. They are still odd enough that motorists notice them more than upright bikes. I can not tell you how many times motor vehicle operators have swerved towards
me trying to get a better look. In the 1990's, drivers would pass me, stop their cars and get out to ask me about the bike. It is different now that recumbents are far more prevalent but they still are enough of an oddity to get themselves noticed. The low height is a red herring unless it is one of those very low trike recumbents where the rider is almost lying on his or her back. In this case, a large flag is warranted.
Disclaimer: The above does not apply when the motorist is either (1) driving with their eyes diverted to either [a] a mobile electronics device, [b] a newspaper or other reading material, [c] a porn flick displayed upon their illegally installed video monitor, or [d] the nearest sexually-explicit billboard advertisement. It also does not apply if they are (2) slapping their ill-behaved children, or (3) applying make-up, or (4) driving while under the influence of recreational pharmaceuticals, or (5) any number of numerous other tasks that motorists believe are far more important than the immediate task at hand, i.e. operating their motor vehicle.
Whether upright or recumbent, please be vigilant.
P.S. Recumbents are actually far more safer than uprights. You can not fly over the handlebars of a recumbent. The center of gravity is much lower and the weight is distributed more toward the rear wheel. Rather, you will fall sideways. A broken hip is far less deadly than a broken neck.
P.P.S. Recumbents also are faster and more efficient than upright bikes. Recumbents are banned from bicycle races because there is simply no contest between riders of like ability. The rider on the recumbent will far out pace the rider on the upright.
P.P.P.S. And no, they are not hard to peddle up hills! What you do is gear down and spin faster. I have seen many recumbent riders sprint up hills quickly. (Not me. My knees are more important than my pride.)
P.P.P.P.S. Dontcha' just hate sanctimonious forum posters that do not know when to quit showing off their knowledge of a topic most cyclists don't want to hear about?