Cleats can be fun too, for spectators.
A goodly few years ago I remember watching a US Navy officer returning home on his drop handlebarred racing cycle. He pulled up outside the bay window with his brief case on a carrier on the back. Seeing his wife and guests through the window he gave us all a wave and the distraction was sufficient to delay the release of his feet from the cleats before bicycle and rider toppled ungraciously over into the flower bed. No harm done, but very funny from a spectator's point of view.
Used to do a lot more cycling than I do these days, but trying to get back into it now to get fit again.
I have two bikes at the mo, a hugely overweight carrera mountain bike thats great fun to just go everywhere on, and I have an ancient Quinn's road bike that I had made for me about 15 years ago, the shimano groupset thats on it was cutting edge back then but now looks like something from a museum. I'm thinking of upgrading to either the 105 or Tiagre groupset....dont think I can justify an Ultegra
Having said that though Rach has asked why don't I go and have a look at a Boardman team carbon bike instead of upgrading my old one....but I like my old road bike....so we'll see.
For the amount of miles I do I dont know wether I can justify it, having said that though...sod it...as long as you enjoy riding it....it would be worth it
I do a few trips of around 10-15 miles each way at the moment with short trips to the allotment whenever the chance arises, and now my lads like to ride I'm getting out more with them too. Just need to get Rach more involved now....you notice a hell of a lot more in the World around you when you're out on your bike
Am impressed with anyone who has a tandem and isn't divorced as a result! We hired one on holiday in Korea once (it was way too small for us, predictably enough!) I hate being at the back (so wobbly!) as does OH (it's too girly, sitting on the back!) so....
However I like poddling about on quiet, flat roads and am pretty fortunate with where we live for good cycle routes.
Expect you can transport polyhives on a tricycle quite safely. Balance up the eco a bit .
We do a bit, now and again, but not round here. Too many lunatic young drivers mostly. Been after a tandem to take smallest child (nearly 9 but tall) as she's a bit headstrong and apt not to listen to instructions .
I find that vehicles give me more room than when I'm perched on a conventional machine, a small dayglo flag on a tall 4mm diameter glassfibre pole fixed to the seat helps in busy traffic.
Speed wise on the flat even I can hit 25mph and average 15mph over long distances and the view of the countryside isn't that much different to that from an upright. Climbing is however a bit worse as you can't stand on the pedals but if you go down the hills really quick you get up the other side a lot easier and overall progress is close to uprights.
Comfort is streets ahead of any upright, no more back pains, or shoulder pains or neck pain, or numb hands or numb nuts. Pedalling lying down uses slightly different muscle groups to an upright though so getting the best out of them takes time but this also means moving back to an upright isn't easy especially as they seem very high up but many riders wouldn't want to return to an upright as recumbents are addictive.
Visibility to the rear is worse as you can't easily glance behind even when stood still, so mirrors are useful if not essential, but most of the time you can be moving at about the speed of the surrounding traffic so it's not as bad as it sounds. Brakes and cornering are out of this world. (see the video below!)
The Lands End John O'Groats solo cycling record is held by a Windcheetah, a fully faired version at a smidgen over 41 hours, an average of about 20mph...and a peak of 70+ mph
The UCI banned recumbents in the 1930's which is as big an endorsement as you're ever going to get. Mike Burrows is a genius of an engineer, he's going faster now than he did 40 years ago, he admits the 'engine' is worse, the machines he produces are better.
This is a link to the video that has a long standing broken link at the Windcheetah site showing the ultimate cornering if you are very brave.
When I used to commute to work I used to cycle to the station from home to save on bus fares. Now I have my bus pass the cash motivation just isn't there and I don't need to take any more exercise. The dogs and allotment take care of that.
However I do rather have a hankering after a tricycle with a trailer. Anyone know the best place to get one ?