Re: [rootsradicals] Crank Forward
- Emily Wigley wrote:
> I have a question about crank forward design. I am just learningFor the most part no but it depends on the crank location
> about it, so please bear with me. I see that this would be wonderful
> for stand up pedaling with a load, but when one is sitting and
> pedaling, is the balance off?
as I found OR I'm not the most agile person in the world.
I liked what Vik and JJ had to say about it as for me ...
I ride three crank forward variation designed bikes.
The ones like the Electra and RANS are much like a
normal ordinary bikes and the feet are always ready to
help support you from tipping. My long wheel base
recumbents are much the same and very comfortable. Now
my short wheel base recumbent looks like the RANS V-Rex
with feet 20 inches or so off the ground. There is a
learning curve to balance it at less then 3 mph.
For example - I get so comfortable on this bike I've
been known to fall over when stopped because I don't sit
up to lower my landing gear. I've never been hurt after
ten years of repeating this maneuver. I guess I'm just
a slow learner or lazy. ;) After the first few times
each year I eventually learn.
With the feet forward crank designs I rely heavily on
my granny gears for hill climbs. My triple crank has
similar teeth counts as my mountain bikes - 22,32,44t.
My rear cassette up to 34 teeth in first gear for the
3 mile per hour climbs up steeper hills in my area.
Any slower & I walk the bikes up and enjoy the view but
for the MOST part I pedal up. -Mark H.
- that sounds just about right.............i do the same on long rides..........stand.......stretch.......ball up .........what made it a lot more comfortable wasraising my handle bars with stem extender
--- On Wed, 10/1/08, Devian Gilbert <asanacycles@...> wrote:
From: Devian Gilbert <asanacycles@...>
Subject: Re: [rootsradicals] Crank Forward
Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2008, 10:43 AMI'm one of those people that likes to stand up... and pedali swap back and forth, typically use a spin for a bit, grab a bigger gear, and stand... for awhile... then sit back down and spin.i also like to simply stand up and stretch, possibly dig around thru a bar bag for some food, or something...i also like to be able to tuck into something of a cannon ball shape, and let things go, awhile...standing up and all that jazz, is pretty crucial to being in the dirt...standing up thru traffic... that lets you see whats going on...and its always nice to use your body in different ways on the bike.but... there are a lot of people that ride recumbentsOn Oct 1, 2008, at 9:29 AM, JJ Ark wrote:thats interesting, and soemthing I hadn't thought of before:I almost Never stand, except to overcome inertia at traffic signals, and even then, its just for the first pedal or two.I think this is because when you have kids on back, they would get jostled back and forth repeatedly, possibly thrown.When you have a load in back, it gets thrown from side to side, creating instability -- think 200lbs or so back there.So you generally do not want to stand up on the pedals.for that reason, a wide range of gearing is critical.JJOn Oct 1, 2008, at 8:22 AM, Vik wrote:Emily - having ridden a RANS crank forward for many miles they are very stable bikes and being bale to put your feet down while seated is awesome for easy starts and stops. I haven't carried a huge load with one, but I think it would make a great donor bike for an Xtracycle or in the form of the Hammer Truck.One thing I do find is that standing up on the pedals is not as easy as a normal upright bike. Although this will depend on the relation of the pedals to the seat so some crank forward designs make this easier and some more difficult. I use the gears more on a crank forward and shift rather than stand up. Having said that I do the same with my Big Dummy when loaded - using the gears to adjust speed rather than standing up.safe riding,Vikwww.vikram-banerjee .comwww.thelazyrando. comwww.viks-tikit. comwww.viks-bigdummy. comOn 1-Oct-08, at 8:06 AM, Emily Wigley wrote:I have a question about crank forward design. I am just learning
about it, so please bear with me. I see that this would be wonderful
for stand up pedaling with a load, but when one is sitting and
pedaling, is the balance off? Most activities in a sitting position
give better strength and balance when legs are either way out in
front (i.e., rowing), or directly below one's center of balance
(hips, shoulders, feet in line). Just wondering what it feels like;
it looks awkward and unbalanced to me. But that's just my visual
www.FishBowlFarm. comJJ Ark"Jennifer: I don't want to eat your skin, Madonna! I'm not a crazy!Dawn: Yeah, she's not even a fan. She hates your work! "-- French and Saunders