Product Design Innovation MA
About why I designed the form of a recumbent bike.
Instead of sitting perched on a regular bicycle seat the rider reclines in a seat with their legs extended forward.
Despite common misconceptions – recumbents are not just bikes for disabled people but are in fact are a fantastic and really comfortable way of cycling for everyone.
The recumbent is very comfortable and supportive of the rider’s back.
Its ergonomic design means it is a great deal less stressful on your body – especially the muscles in your neck, back, wrists, hands, arms and of course your bottom!
This means you will find yourself cycling greater distances, over longer periods and getting much less fatigued.
On a recumbent bicycle, your head is held in a more natural, erect position which means you have greater visibility and can enjoy your surroundings immeasurably more. It also means you are much more visually aware of any potential problems.
The lower centre of gravity on a recumbent makes for greater stability and gives some recumbents superior cornering, handling and stopping powers. It also means on certain recumbent designs it is easier to put your feet down on the pavement when you need to.