Last update: 13th Jan 2017.
What Does Queensland Recumbent Trikes Mean to Us?
Published by Susan Syddall on
Why did we start Queensland Recumbent? Our adventure into recumbent bikes began with a personal story.
Due to back and neck problems for the past 16 years (Nov 2000), my husband’s ability to enjoy a social life and the great outdoors has been severly restricted. Well, more accurately, it had come to a grounding halt! The great outdoors isn’t so great when moving about in it causes pain. This severly affected not only my husband but our whole family as well.
Now for the good news … recumbent trikes!
Recumbent trikes offer the support and flexibility Eric needs to be able to get out and be physically active again. While walking is still a problem, a recumbent trike provides the back and neck support that allows him to exercise, explore and enjoy the world again! Words can’t express the joy that this brings to Eric and our whole family.
Why Do Recumbent Trikes Work So Well?
On a normal bike, vibrations and shocks travel along your spine. Sitting on the bicycle seat may result in the compression of nerves and blood vessels in the vulnerable area of the body called the perineum. This in turn can lead to temporary or permanent groin numbness, tingling sensations and a few other not so topical problems. These road shocks are effectively absorbed over an area of about 200x100mm (200cm2 or 8″x4″), if you’re lucky.
The main advantage of recumbent bike seating is the road shocks are instead absorbed across the spine over an increased area of about 250*800mm (2,000cm2 or 8″x24″ or greater). Riding in a recumbent seat* is as comfortable as sitting in your favourite arm chair. The recumbent trike or bike cushions your ‘seat’ and back, right up to your shoulders. OK, maybe a full arm chair is pretty good but a recumbent trike gets you out and about with your family and friends!
For us, a recumbent bike, in our case a trike, has meant a new world, literally!
Which is why we want to support others in finding their way into recumbent trikes so they too will have the opportunity to exercise, explore and enjoy their world through Queensland Recumbent!
Sometimes we can’t change our circumstances but we can make adjustments to make the most of what we have.
Welcome to the world of recumbent trikes!
Now a good way to start would be to get your seat into one of our recumbent seats for a test ride to see just how easy they are to ride.
At Queensland Recumbent we can supply recumbent trikes to:
- Sunshine Coast – Hinterland and surrounds
- Gold Coast
- Gympie regions
Depending on availability of recumbents, your needs, your location and our schedule, we may even be able to bring a recumbent to you to test ride.