Recumbent bikes can’t climb hills. Well, that’s the conventional wisdom but it’s been challenged by Mike Burrows, the legendary British bike designer.
Burrows said: “Riding up a sustained hill on a laid back bicycle up to a certain point in terms of heart rate is actually slightly faster than a regular bike of the same weight.”
However, Burrows, who has made a series of videos for bike maintenance website MadeGood.org, adds a caveat that at maximal effort, the traditional bike will inevitably catch up.
Watch the full explanation here:
Video: Mike Burrows on climbing on recumbent bikes
Burrows is known for having designed Chris Boardman’s Olympic medal winning Lotus 108 as well as recumbent bikes. His first video explored the relative merits of steel, aluminium and carbon as a bike frame material.