Recumbent Riders – A Zoo Animal?


One of the things I haven’t got used to yet with my riding of my recumbent bicycles, my Bacchetta Giro 20 ATT and now my LoGo Lightning P-38 is the way people react. I can cope with the “roadies” ignoring me; no different to any other ride :), but I haven’t got used to the way other people react to the recumbent or more importantly a fat cyclist on a recumbent.

Yesterday’s reaction really did it for me. I was riding along around Herdsman Lake, minding my business, when a rider who was coming towards me with I assume his friend just lifted his arm and pointed at me. What was he thinking? I am an object? Guess what mate I was there right in front of you! If you are interested in the bike, say hi, ask to have a chat, all that is good but don’t be so bloody rude and just point at me like I am something in the zoo.

I have experienced a couple of other incidents of people pulling alongside in their cars to video me; I can sort of cope with this as long as it is done safely and without disruption of others – unfortunately that is not always the case. The video below is one of one of the more entertaining encounters.

If you ride recumbent bicycles or other bikes that grab attention, please do share your experiences. Am I being too sensitive? Maybe over time I will just brush it off but I guess being pointed at like I didn’t exist got up my goat yesterday. I guess it beats a close shave! Please do share your thoughts below.

2 Responses to Recumbent Riders – A Zoo Animal?

  1. glenn 26 October 2015 at 11:21 AM #

    I know exactly what you mean. I do love riding my (your old) recumbent but I really hate the attention people seem to give it and me when I’m out and about. Fair enough, they are not that common here in NZ and I myself would be interested in any form of unusual bike or personal transport but some people are very annoying and deem it their right to bust into your personal space. For some reason I seem to attract more than the usual amount of beeps from cars going past. Some are trying to warn me of their presence (which actually increases the chance of an incident rather than making it safer) but others seem to be doing it as a kind of larrakin acknowledgement and celebration marking their discovery of a “freak” in their presence. I even experienced it from a car full of people that had 4 mountain bikes on the back of it the other day. You would think they would know better.

    Car horns are quite loud when you are only meters from them and at the same level. I don’t mind if people are genuinely interested in the bike and want to ask about it but I wish I was not the centre of attention so much. I have not been filmed yet and I’d just pull over and let them carry on if that was the case. I really would not like that.

    In any case, it won’t stop me enjoying it.

    I was chatting to a local cyclist who had a jerry built truck air horn setup fitted to his bike. Utilizing a bunch of fizzy drink bottles as the air tank and and some kind of compressor to keep them pressured up. It was hilariously impractical due to the space it consumed and the short duration of use before pressure was too low to run it but boy what a way to get back at a random tooter. Pull up next to them at the lights and scare the bejeezers out of them as a bit of payback. Sigh.. dreams are free.. Probably best i stay out of the warzone and hope peoples attitudes change really.

  2. meika 14 December 2016 at 6:36 AM #

    extraverts are always with us

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