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October 24, 2010

The Infinite Dorkitude of the Recumbent Progressive Cyclists

Admit it. The urge to flatten these demented hipsters is almost irresistible.

"Recumbent bicycles are the perfect metaphor for the progressive mind set.

They are generally ridden by people obsessed with reinventing that which already works perfectly fine. They are easy to get into and exceedingly difficult to remove yourself from without looking like an idiot. They are more expensive, more engineered, and theoretically more efficient, at least on paper, than a traditional bicycle and therefore the rider is, as they will inform you ad nauseum, inherently superior to those on “lesser” machines. While the rider pedals nonchalantly through traffic confident in his theoretical brilliance, he pisses off everyone else on the road who would rather he just ride upright where they can see him so as to avoid an accident. -- Give your brain a break and just get a bike. | westsound modern

Posted by Vanderleun at October 24, 2010 12:15 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Unless your neck hurts so much from the cervical fusion that riding a regular bicycle is akin to torture...Why not give us poor neck-suffering assholes a break?

Posted by: Anonymous at October 24, 2010 6:28 PM

I have one of these in my house. A bike for recumbeciles like me who don't bike outside for fear of being seen. I don't think I could survive the youtubiquity if it ever got out of the basement with me on it.

Posted by: Jewel at October 24, 2010 7:11 PM

I test-rode one of those for a few hundred yards some years back. It was incredibly comfortable and the posture really feels more efficient for getting power to the wheels. The low seat is indeed a problem for visibility. As for looking stupid, well...

Posted by: Daniel K Day at October 25, 2010 8:06 AM

Low-to-the-ground on a street is for squirrels.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at October 25, 2010 12:27 PM

Low-to-the-ground on a street is for roadkill.

Posted by: Anonymous at October 26, 2010 2:34 PM

Bikes, like mopeds, are the last refuge of the multiple DUI offenders. One can only hope they'll practice their perversion on the bike with great frequency and finish the job.

Posted by: Cheshire Cat at October 27, 2010 12:59 PM

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