You’re probably sitting as you read this. You could be sitting in a chair or on the couch, but you’re probably sitting. Your back is supported and your weight is evenly distributed over your back, butt and thighs such that you’re comfortable. Its a perfectly natural-feeling position.
This is the same position we adopt when travelling in most modes of transportation. We sit in this position in our cars. on buses, trains, and airplanes. Whether we’re the drivers or passengers, we sit with our bodies supported by seats designed to be comfortable. One mode of transportation is an execption – the bicycle.
Most people’s experience with cycling is far from relaxed and natural due to the riding position of the upright bicycle. It is this lack of comfort that discourages most people from considering a bicycle as a serious transportation option.
This is unfortunate, because not only is the bicycle the most efficient form of human powered transportation, cycling is great exercise. Cycling combines aerobic and strength training benefits while having a lower impact on joints than activities like running. This makes cycling ideal for those who have existing joint issues or injuries.
Our society is experiencing an epidemic of obesity and obesity-related health issues. Most medical experts agree that regular exercise can help reverse this trend and lead to a better quality of life. With all of the benefits provided by cycling, it would be a shame to ignore this activity just because the typical cycling position isn’t comfortable for most people.
Fortunately there is an alternative to the upright bicycle, and it is about as comfortable as the chair you’re sitting on now. I’m talking about the recumbent bike. Recumbent bikes and trikes are lots of fun and can be great transportation. If you’ve ever considered giving up cycling because it just wasn’t comfortable, consider a recumbent.
On these pages you’ll find information and inspiration. While this information will mainly be about recumbent bikes and trikes, there will also be stories that go beyond this subject. I hope that these features and posts will inspire you to get out and explore the world on one of these machines. If you do, I encourage you to share your experiences here so that others may benefit.