There are few better ways to travel than by bicycle. It’s the perfect antidote to the worries, stress and uncertainty of these times. Traveling by bike is healthy and friendly to the planet, the pace is perfect for both taking in the scenery and covering ground and you get to explore the roads less traveled. Plus, it’s challenging enough for an afternoon beer and a meal in the sun to feel satisfyingly well-earned.
So, why might you want to do it all on a recumbent bicycle? Here are our top twelve reasons. Some of them might surprise you:
1. This is not your grandfather's recumbent.
We’ll start here just so it’s clear what we’re talking about. Often when we tell people we ride a recumbent road bike they look quizzically and say, “Those low things with the little wheels?.” Nope. These are not the low-riding trikes you may be picturing. At Cruzbike, our bicycles and frames are gorgeous and our patented drive system leverages the best of traditional cycling geometry but with a simple shift, makes it ridiculously comfortable.
Photo above: Nick's Alpine County Death Ride on the Cruzbike S40. Full post here.
2. It's way more comfortable.
This benefit can’t be overstated when it comes to touring. The vacation is the time in the saddle as much as it is enjoying the destination. On a recumbent bike, you will be as comfortable on day ten as you were on day zero. No saddle pain. No wrist pain. No back pain. You also get to save room in your panniers because you won’t need the padded shorts and chamois cream.
3. We've got all the accessories you need.
Speaking of that free space in your panniers, Cruzbike offers all of the racks and accessories you need to outfit your bike for a great bicycle touring adventure. And we’re in stock.
4. More people are doing it.
Recumbent bikes used to be for the more eccentric engineering-minded among us. But in the last five years, that has changed. More and more people are discovering that having a ridiculously comfortable performance recumbent road bike like Cruzbike is the best of all worlds.
5. It’s safer.
This one often surprises people. Recumbent bikes like Cruzbike not only protect the neck, back, wrists and saddle from the common musculoskeletal issues associated with riding a traditional road bike, but also keep cyclists safe on the road by reducing head-first impact in the event of a sudden deceleration. Bikes like the Cruzbike S40 put the rider in a comfortable, safe riding position at eye level with motorists and with a great view of the road. One of Cruzbike’s founders is a physician and he’s summarized the important health and safety research here.
6. There’s a great view.
On a traditional bike, the natural place for your gaze to rest is on your front tire. To look around, you have to lift your head up which can strain and fatigue the neck. On a recumbent bike, you ride in a comfortable seated position that allows you to see all around you.
7. Standard parts and components.
Cruzbike’s patented drive system uses all standard road bike parts and components so repairs on the road are no big deal and can be done by any bicycle mechanic or wrench-friendly owner.
8. You can throw it in a rack.
Cruzbikes have standard wheelbase lengths so they easily fit in wheel-holding racks for transportation along the way.
9. Did we mention it’s comfortable?
It’s incredibly freeing to be able to plan a trip without worrying about pain. That means you can add back those days you took off the itinerary and you’ll enjoy every single mile on and off the bike.
10. It’s a great icebreaker.
This bike speaks every language and makes friends fast. It’s a show stopper and people can’t help but ask about it! We love how riding a recumbent bike helps connect us to new people whether across town or around the globe.
11. The people are great.
The bicycle touring community is wonderfully welcoming and supportive. And so are recumbent riders! We’ll never forget meeting a crew of local recumbent cyclists in Osaka, Japan. Though we didn’t speak each others’ languages, we spent a wonderful day together, shared laughter, local food and enjoyed a tour of the city we never would have experienced on our own.
12. We’re in stock (for now!).
We got in a big new shipment of the incredibly beautiful Cruzbike S40 endurance road bike just before bicycle industry supply chains slowed down. That means your order will ship within two business days. The S40 is perfectly-suited to road touring. We offer under seat and rear racks, panniers, bottle cages, lights and mounts for any accessory your adventure needs and we’re here to answer any questions.
Whatever steed you choose, here’s to wonderful adventures ahead.