There was a time when I would post pictures of every bike we converted to electric. While that was fun and people enjoyed seeing the progress of their bike being converted to electric I eventually was exhausted by the amount of work it required. I have decided to post a few builds that I think others might find helpful and one type of bike that I have found interesting is the recumbent. So, first up is a Rans Stratus recumbent bike
The recumbent bike is one of the cycling industries best kept secret. These bikes are super comfortable, very safe to ride, are beautifully designed, are very adaptable, and have many different accessories available to make every recumbent bike a custom bike. Also...they are a great deal of fun to ride.
It is incorrect to think that recumbents are only for those who cannot ride a "normal bike." First, there is no normal bike. There is no "one bike fits all" and for that we are thankful. We can choose a city bike, road bike, mountain bike, downhill bike, race bike, time trial bike, comfort bike, fat bike, BMS bike, single speed bike, trike bike, and even a recumbent bike. All of these bikes have merit and each of them meets the special requirement of a specific rider.
Our choice of bikes are based on our own personal reasons. Some choose their bike for vanity and others for function. I hazard to guess that the majority of us choose a bike more out of vanity more than function. We purchase a bike that appeals to us visually. We may like the style, the paint, the lines, the name brand, the country of origin, all of these being important in our purchasing decision. Did you know that Bianchi Bikes has a patent on a color called "Celeste", also known as Bianchi Green? Bianchi is the only bike that can legally use that color and it has become a very attractive selling point. I know...I bought one because I loved the color.
Back to the recumbent bike. The first time I rode a bike I thought, "Wow." The first time I road a 10 speed I thought, "Wow." The first time I rode a mountain bike I thought, "Wow." The first time I rode an electric bike I thought, "This is absolutely incredible." And, the first time I rode a recumbent bike I thought, "Wow...I wish I would have tried one of these sooner."
1896 recumbent bike