|Surely there are reasons to not get a recumbent bicycle.
Since I started in as a rider of a standard bicycle, I feel
qualified to suggest excuses for not getting a recumbent so you
can resist the urge to purchase one! (Recognize the girl
in the photo? It's yours truly, riding a cruiser at the
tender age of ten years old!)
- If you ride for 20 miles, your butt lets you know
that you have ridden a long ride, not like a on
wimpy recumbent when you can ride for fifty miles and
have no soreness at all.
- When you visit a restaurant after a 15 mile ride, you
will walk to accommodate the chaffing. Thus it's obvious
to the other restaurant patrons that you are a real
athlete and must have ridden at least a 'half
century'. Compare to the bent rider who rides a
half century and walks as if she or he has just been
sitting in a car!
- Since you wear out bike shorts on a standard bike
every couple of months, this gives you an excuse to
buy lots of pairs in the latest style. The poor
'bent rider who never wears out bike shorts must find
another excuse to buy new ones!
- You will continue to pay a large gasoline bill - this
helps the companies like Mobil and Chevron to stay in
business. Compare to the bent rider who finds it
easy to take his/her bike everywhere and pays $25 to $50
a month less in auto fuel. This is not good for the
- You will never have trouble logging too many miles on
your bike. Your butt, thighs and private parts will
remind you it's time to quit. Compare to those
addictive recumbent riders who spend time on their bikes
instead of at useful tasks like watching TV.
- You will find it easier to cross train because riding an upright bike is not all that comfortable. Compare to
the poor bent rider whose bike sings to him/her after a day
off of it!
- You won't have people bugging you about 'What a cool
bicycle that is'. Compare to the bent rider who
must keep a supply of cards from the bent dealers to hand
out to all their admirers.
- When you are out on your bike, your face will be intense
(from the pain) and you will look like an athlete. Compare
to the 'bent rider who usually has the "recumbent
grin" on his or her face.
Hope this has helped you to resist the desire to buy a
recumbent. If it hasn't, oh well, succumb to your lower desires
and enjoy life more!
Article by SueW