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As a bent rider myself, I too am baffled.

In my mind from the very first instant I saw one (late 1970's or early 80's Dick Ryan was interviewed on broadcast TV [likely as a novelty] and I was captivated. My child mind saw this as 'proper evolution' and I had to have one.

Here's a great summary of the history of the recumbent bike:


Some people are intimidated by change, others are energized by challenging the status quo. Those will always be my heroes.

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