An instruction from ACE Recumbents in Winterswijk
Recumbents with two wheels
- Apply the brakes before sitting down (otherwise you will reverse immediately).
- A short ‘sitting’ walk while trying to steer gives the quickest sense of balance.
- If the recumbent bike has a 3-speed hub, set the left rotary handle to ‘1’ (driving away is slightly easier).
- Raise 1 pedal and pull it slightly towards you so that you can gain some speed (otherwise you will not get going properly).
- Release the brake and try to drive away in a quiet place (because you might need some extra room).
- Look far ahead.
- If it is not possible, brake immediately and put your feet on the ground before falling over.
- Try to relax, it will be much easier.
- The body is fixed on the chair and does not cooperate. You have to steer a little more than usual, that feels nervous but you get used to it.
- If you are steering sharply (turning, sharp turn), stop pedaling as otherwise the heel could hit the front wheel.
- The right-hand derailleur gears should only be shifted during gentle forward pedaling. So switch to a lighter gear in time before you have to stop. If the bicycle is equipped with hub gears, you may also shift while stationary.
- If a front derailleur is shifted on the left, it should also only be operated during gentle pedaling.
- Most recumbent bicycles can brake very hard ‘, so be careful in a group.
Recumbents with three wheels
These are stable, so almost anyone can drive away on them.
Please note that if you take a hard turn, you could fall over! Just like a car that turns too fast. Pay particular attention to the combination of: speed, sharp steering and braking.
There is nothing wrong with gentle cycling. Are you a bit scared? Then we’ll walk along for a while. You can see that it is not so bad.