If you’re going to bike instead of drive, you may as well enjoy it.
Don’t get me wrong… I share the passion of the “simple living”, “lower carbon footprint”, “healthy lifestyle”, “auto industry bashing” crowd. But when the flame of ideality is spent, leaving just ashes and a warm glow, I realize that what keeps me riding is…
Comfort… and the Coolness factor.
What? Let me explain.
The favourite bike in my stable is my Rans Wave recumbent. I picked up this beauty second-hand at a local bike shop. It’s not only fun to ride, but it’s downright comfortable. No sore shoulders, no sore butt… yeah I’m getting old. Almost feels like sitting in a car.
Once you get your balance and develop your “bent” muscles, it’s a smooth cruise to work and a great head-turner as you zip around town. There’s all sorts of good reasons to ride a recumbent. Besides the ergonomics, here’s a few:
- You can buy a cheap lock. Nobody steals recumbents. Hard to ride. Hard to hide.
- Aerodynamic. About 30% less wind resistance because of the configuration.
- They’re fast. Well, they feel fast, maybe because you’re closer to the ground.
- More power. By pushing against the back of the seat you can apply full leg force to the pedals. Important for successful head to head sprints against other testosterone loaded bikers that cross your path on the way to work.
- Improved crash position. Apparently it’s better to crash feet first, than the usual head dive over the handlebars on a “normal” bike. For some reason, I don’t feel compelled to test this theory… especially given where I think the handlebars might end up. Perhaps I’ll just jettison the bike just prior to impact.
- Cars fear you. Yeah, they just don’t know what to think. Plus, since it feels like you’re driving a car, you tend to ride with a more assertive and confident posture.
Although biking is an ideal mode of transportation, my recumbent maximizes the enjoyment. If I wasn’t convinced by the advantages listed above, there is always the final clincher, the inevitable boost to my vanity as someone yells out when I zip by:
“Hey, cool bike dude!”