This site was originally a companion piece to my “RecumBum” site, which was dedicated to riding recumbent bicycles. Yes, in addition to riding a mountain bike, I used to ride a recumbent. It’s a strange combination, I’ll admit, and what’s even stranger is that I started riding the “weird” bike — the recumbent — first.
I started riding the recumbent due to some hand issues (repetitive strain injury), where it was painful to ride an upright bike due to weight being put on the hands. The ‘bent solved that little problem, but after a few years the RSI issues lessened, and I found myself wanting to do more than the ‘bent would allow — specifically ride off-road. A recumbent bike is a fantastic machine for riding on paved roads for long distances, but it doesn’t handle gravel roads very well, and doesn’t work for singletrack at all.
So I bought a mountain bike, and found I really could still ride an upright bike, and further, that I enjoyed it. So, given that there are no actual mountains in Kansas, I’ll just be a dirt bum.