This blog is about how and why I chose to ride a recumbent bike (Bob), my experience of making the transition from upright bike to recumbent, and some of the journeys / adventures I’m hoping to have with my new steed.
Why Dave and Bob?
As for the names… My own, David, is easily explained – it was donated by my parents. But Bob? Bob is my new (at time of writing) bike – a brand new HP Velotechnik Spirit with a 14 speed Rohloff hub. When I arrived home my 12 year old daughter got very excited and demanded to know what he was called. I struggled to think of something lofty and inspirational or aspirational. My daughter just cut to the chase and said “I think we should call him Bob”. So Bob he is. Somehow it seems very appropriate given that when I go over a bump in the road the suspension on the bike means that I do bob up and down somewhat.
I chose a recumbent bike because…
First of all there are the ostensibly sensible, logical reasons which do sound terribly plausible. These include:
- My history of regular back problems.
- The different reach of my arms after my right elbow was smashed by a hit-and-run driver means that I can easily end up cycling slightly skewed to one side – not good for the back.
- My dodgy elbow isn’t good for resting any weight on. OK for short distances, not so good for cycling the 25 mile round trip to and from work.
- The recumbent I chose is extremely comfortable and ameliorates all of the above problems.
Then there are the other reasons:
- Recumbent bikes are different, quirky, not mainstream, designed and ridden by people who like to see the world from another perspective.
- They look seriously cool.
- Are hugely good fun to ride!
- And what’s compensation for? I was kept off the road for quite some time as a result of a hit-and-run driver turning left where he shouldn’t have done. Why would I not go out and get an even better and more enjoyable bike than I had before?
I’ll leave it to you to decide which you think are the real reasons and which are the justifications.