On my bike, circa 1952
On my bike, Tour of Sebring, 2014
jlb Last Update: January 9, 2015
plan to ride from Sarasota to Key West in March, 2015. If you'd like to
go, click on the "Sarasota to Key West" link at the bottom of the page.
Return will be via the Key West Ferry to Ft Myers.
I started riding standard
diamond frame 10 speed road bikes in 1972. As I progressed from short
trips to large, long distance events I eventually got into time
trials, and finally road races. In 2012 back problems forced me into
recumbents. One of my first questions was: Are these faster or slower
than what I have been riding? And of course I speculated recumbents
would be faster on flat terrain and probably much slower on climbs.
Given that I had to get a recumbent, the initial questions were: stick
design or s-frame?
Long wheel base or short wheel base? I searched for actual performance
these designs, and other than manufacturer data found basically
nothing. And not
to disparage recumbent brand sales hype, but what was available seemed
vague at best.
I first purchased a recumbent trike and found it eliminated my back
problems. I then proceeded to buy recumbent bikes: both an
S-frame, the Performer
700c High Racer; and a stick design, the Bacchetta Corsa. In both cases
I purchased the frame only so I could build with components I
preferred. Looking at pricing on complete recumbents makes no sense to
me but that is a very long story requiring more space than I have here.
So, at the bottom of the page is a table containing, among other
things, a link to actual time trial data on several different bikes.
The only constant is the rider, and in some cases even that is not
constant since, ceteris paribus, speed is inversely correlated with age.
Since this is a personal web site, there also links to family and
friends. When it comes to friends, I am trying to reconnect with some
of them that I haven't heard from in decades. Some sadly are gone,
while others I have not found. But I have managed to find some, and
there are pictures of them on that link.