Recumbent bikes have back support and pedals parallel to the seat. There are three categories: LWB, CLWB, and SWB. LWB is smooth but difficult to maneuver, CLWB is stable and visible, and SWB is easy to handle and compact. Styles vary for different purposes, including lowracer and tricycle versions for handicapped individuals.
Recumbent bicycles are a special type of bicycle that provide the rider with back support and have pedals that lie parallel to the seat of the bicycle. There are three broad categories: long wheelbase (LWB), compact long wheelbase (CLWB) and short wheelbase (SWB).
In LWB recumbent bikes, the pedals are located anywhere between the front and rear wheels. They offer a smooth, fast and comfortable ride. On the other hand, these bikes can be difficult to maneuver at slow speeds when navigating narrow paths or streets filled with pedestrians or other cyclists.
If the pedals are located very close to the front or rear wheels, recumbent bikes are called CLWB. These are the easiest to learn to ride, because they are very stable and respond well to the rider. They also have a higher seat, which makes it easier for the rider to see long distances and makes the rider more visible to other riders and vehicles.
SWB recumbent bikes have the pedals positioned in front of the front wheel. They are easy to handle and maneuver. Their compact size also makes them easier to move from place to place and to store when not in use.
Within these different categories, you can purchase styles that are meant for different purposes. Lowracer recumbent bikes, for example, are meant for fast riding. In fact, this style holds the world record for speed with a bicycle. They get their speed from their aerodynamic design and the severe recumbent position in which it places the rider.
Tricycle recumbent bicycles are another variation of this type of bike. These can be configured with the two wheels at the front or the rear. They are ideal for handicapped individuals or for those who have difficulty maintaining balance. For the handicapped who cannot use their legs, these tricycles are also available in a hand-operated version.