Different Recumbent Types:

Long WheelBase Recumbent Bicycles

a.k.a LWB or Long Rider

Advantages:


LWB Recumbent Bicycles Are Generally ...

    Linear LWB Recumbent Bicycle
  • Comfortable and have plenty of room for panniers and other luggage.
  • Suitable for many types of cycling- recreation, commuting, and touring.
  • Sit in a fairly upright position.
  • More stable and steady than SWB recumbents.
  • Easier for a beginner to learn to cycle.
  • Great for riding on a bicycle tours ... especially the LWBs with lower seats that are efficient at absorbing the road shock.
  • Less bumpy on irregular and rough terrain.
  • The larger wheels of the LWB tend to be lightly loaded, and consequently have a fairly long lifespan.
  • When the tires do need to be replaced their size is pretty common and can be easily sourced.
  • Steer independently and steadily.
  • Designed to easily enable the legs to easily be put down on the road.
  • Great for aspects of road safety as the cyclist is centered and balanced, with all their weight on the recumbent seat, learning their hands free for signaling.

Disadvantages:


LWB Recumbent Bicycles Are Generally ...

  • Much bulkier and more unwieldy than the Short Wheelbase recumbent - making storage or transportation more problematic.
  • The maneouverability and handling of the LBW is more difficult than on a SWB. Attempting 'U-Turns' can prove awkward.
  • Not as aerodynamic as other styles of recumbent..
  • Easy Tour LWB Recumbent Bicycles
  • Have suspension which is not as advanced as the other styles of recumbent bicycles.
  • More dangerous at a blind intersection. The cyclist's vision is hampered by being set far back along the length of the wheelbase. This forces the cyclist to venture farther out into a blind intersection to see what is coming.
  • Lower positioned and can inhibit the cyclists vision around bushes and stationary vehicles etc.
  • Awkward in situations that require low speed and precise manoeuvres in combination.

Dimensions:

Wheelbase: The LWB frame is LONG - (suprise! suprise!). It is commonly 64 inches or 1,625 mm long.

Pedals: The pedals are positioned right BEHIND the front wheel and (usually), lower down.

Tires: LWBs generally are fitted with larger wheels.
The front tires: 20 inches or 508 mm.
The rear tires: 27.5 inches or 700mm


Some LWB Bike Models:

Burley: Koosah & Canto,
RANS: Stratus LE, Stratus XP
Linear: LWB,
Easy Racers: Tour Easy, Fold Rush, Gold Rush, TI Rush, Cycle Genius LTX
SUN: EZ-Sport and Sport LTD.

Different Recumbent Types:

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