|Bicyclemans picture of the finished product before shipment.|
With those choices made, I needed to decide on OSS or USS. Over seat steering is your normal handle bar style steering as seen on most upright bikes. While I initially liked that idea, there were a few things I considered. With OSS on a recumbent, you will constantly be hanging your hands and arms off of the bars chipmunk style. And does that wear on one over long distances? Also, with Under Seat Steering you have your arms at rest at your side while steering and you have a more unimpeded field of vision. With Linears method of construction, it is also possible to switch to a OSS configuration later, if you so choose. Maybe when I need to redo cables on the bike I might try that. But for now this USS is great!
|Linear bike folded into handy carry case minus the seat and tires.|
|Assembling the bike at night...hehe.|
|Day after assembly. No long ride yet.|
|First long ride. Vulcan lake in background.|
|Second ride. To Elgin and back.|
|My friends ride summary and map.|
There is a bit of a learning curve for the recumbent. The starting from a stop being the most difficult of the new things to overcome. I kinda have to pedal my feet on the ground like Fred Flinstone to get up enough speed to put my feet up and pedal. This process can be improved or hindered by hills or intersections. Things to constantly consider. Here I am at approximately 3+ weeks with recumbent and my muscles are already improving. And my balance and maneuvering skills with the bike are better also. I recommend this kind of bike to anyone who would like to be comfortable while at similar speeds to a regular upright bike. Condition this information with the knowledge that I have only used this bike on trails so far. Happy biking!
p.s. lol forgot about this video MFin bike.