Cycling is one of the funnest and best ways to stay in shape, but there isn’t just one way to bike. When we think of cycling, most of us think of the traditional upright bicycle that is most commonly seen. However, there are a number of different types of bike that provide for a unique cycling experience, such as recumbent cycling.
Recumbent cycling is a type of cycling on a specialised bicycle called, not so unexpectedly, a recumbent bike. Recumbent bikes are designed so that riders are in a more natural seated position while they ride. This is a recline position and most people certainly look twice when they see this odd looking cycle rolling down the road. This type of cycling is considered to be much better for your back, hips and legs and most people find it to be a lot more comfortable that riding a traditional upright bicycle. It is designed to be ergonomic, and to provide a comfortable, natural feeling ride.
A recumbent bicycle is designed for more natural positioning, allowing for a inclined position that still allows for full view of the road and any obstacles one may encounter. Weight is more evenly distributed on a recumbent bicycle, which is a big part of why the ride is so much more comfortable. The back and hips do not have to bear an undue weight burden as they do on an upright bicycle. Cyclists that use a recumbent bike note that they can ride for much longer without discomfort and insurance.
Recumbent bicycles are also more aerodynamic than an upright bicycle and the fastest cycling speed ever recorded was achieved on a recumbent bicycle. The lower centre of gravity these cycles provide makes them much easier to control when turning and they are less likely to tip over, making them a safer alternative to the traditional bicycle.
There are different types of recumbent bicycles, and the right one for you will depend on your cycling style, preference, and needed performance. One can also find tandem recumbent bicycles, meaning that you can also enjoy a more comfortable ride for two.