I ride a recumbent bike. Actually, I own two-- a Linear LWB (folder) and a suspended
Me on my Linear LWB
Me and my Vision R-44 at the WHIRL Big Ride
(photo courtesy of Mark Matarella)
Waiting for the start of the Big Ride
(photo by Jason Steele)
When I started riding the Linear, people kept stopping me to ask about it. Not that I
mind the attention, but sometimes I don't have the time to answer all their questions. So
I wanted something I could give people that would answer the questions they would have
after I rode away. I made a little single-sheet, double-sided, tri-fold pamphlet to give
people. I borrowed from various sources I found on the web and added some of my own
- FAQ for Recumbent Bikes,
International Human Powered Vehicle
Association, http://www.ihpva.org/FAQ, maintained by Julie Skopal (firstname.lastname@example.org),
- My FAQ for
Recumbent Bikes, http://www.fred.net/kathy/bikefaq.html, Kathy Bilton
Frequently Asked Questions and Interesting Information, ftp://draco.acs.uci.edu
/pub/rec.bicycles/faq.*, maintained by Mike Iglesias (email@example.com),
Then there's always some oddballs.... Here are some things people have actually
said to me. Really. You gotta believe me.
- Is that one of those recombinant bicycles?
- Where do you think you are, France???
- Hey, that's one gnarly bike, man!
- What??? ... Hey!!!
- Is that legal?
Do you have any to add? Email them to me and
I'll put them on this page.
From Tom Armstrong, firstname.lastname@example.org:
I've only heard this one once, regarding my Ryan with an Ed Gin-inspired front fairing:
"Is that some kind of "James Bond" bicycle?"
From Jason Steiner, email@example.com:
Actually a comment, not a question. I was test-riding a Turner
(Hypercycle derivative) with USS, at the tail end of a train of bent riders with
above-seat steering, and two hikers stopped to stare as we went by on the bike path. As I
passed them I heard one remark to the other, "That one doesn't even have any