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Are recumbents easy to ride?

Recumbents do take a little getting used to, some types a little more easier than others. A good idea is to practice riding in a big parking lot, that is before you start coping with cars/dogs/trees etc.  Trikes are probable the easiest to ride, with three wheels it’s difficult to fall off.  But with anything with cycling there is a trade off as a trike is normally heavier than a 2 wheeler.  With other variants, it can take sometime to master, again it tends to be the type. 


A 2 wheel 26”x26” high racer will take a bit of getting use to than a short wheel base with a 20”x26” wheel combination.  Check out the table below for recumbent types:




Short wheelbase: about 33-45 inches, front wheel behind the pedals; probably the most adaptable type for different kinds of riding.


Medium wheelbase: about 45-65 in.


Long wheelbase: 65+ inches, front wheel ahead of the pedals.


Compact long-wheelbase: 47-60 in. with a certain type of layout.


Mostly European performance design: ASS, low, very reclined seating position, high bottom bracket & pedals


American performance design: ASS, two large 26-inch or 650c wheels, relatively high reclined seat, medium to high bottom bracket & pedals. The larger wheels are thought to increase stability.


Two riders: "driver" and "stoker." There are upright & recumbent tandems, above and below seat steering.


Under-seat steering: handlebar pivot is under the seat, more relaxed arm position.


Above-seat steering: resembles upright bike handlebars more, easier to mount computer/headlight, some would say more aerodynamic tucked-in arm position. Some weenies prefer to say OSS for "over-seat steering."

Delta trike

One steered front wheel, two rear wheels with one or both driven.

Tadpole trike

Two steered front wheels, like a car, one rear drive wheel, lower rider position than delta trikes