Travelling with a recumbent bicycle

In France, Spain and Portugal people often react very surprised when they a see a recumbent bicycle. Leaning backward on a recumbent, looking at the scenery and waving at all the surprised people is fantastic.

In comparison with a normal bicycle there is less stress on wrists and bottom. No special pants are needed. The only disadvantage is its reduced manoeuvring capability and not being able to look back without a mirror. That disadvantage is felt most in narrow streets of a city where there are frequent stops.

It is also known that a recumbent has lower performance going up-hill than a traditional bicycle. That may be true, but for me having maximum speed performance is not so much an issue, I just want comfort and efficiency. Going up-hilI I shift to my lowest gear and give my motor maximum throttle which equals about 600W. The battery really runs out fast going at only 5km/h. Then going down I reach speeds of 40km/h while regenerative power of 600W is going back into the battery. So a quick calculation about 1/8 (12%) of the energy spent while going up can me regenerated. Not much but it is better than wearing out the brake pads and wasting the energy.

It is also said that a recumbent is less visible and therefore less safe. I think that may be true for the very low riders. The Azub Six however the seat is positioned higher so I think it is not really a problem. To be sure of visibility I have my little orange flag. When I look back in my rear view mirror I always see it happily fluttering in the wind. It has almost become my friend keeping me safe.

Having considered the other options like a tricycle and a normal bicycle I am still very happy with the choice I made.