Bike Reviews: Recumbent Bikes
These are bikes that position the rider in a reclined position. The bicycles themselves are designed to deliver a more aerodynamic position for the rider and bike combined. They are supposed to be also more comfortable as the normal position while using them is leveraging a much greater area of how the body weight is distributed.
The recumbent bikes come in multiple sizes and configurations – e.g. long vs short wheel base; wheel sizes can vary as well;
The steering can be over-seat, under-seat and center. Some of the recumbents are built specifically for comfort and easy commuting around town. These bikes are seen as a viable alternative to many (fossil) fuel powered vehicles due to their relative comfort as well as actually pretty high speed. Based on data I have seen so far on the web (I have not used one of these bikes) – the recumbent bicycles can achieve speed of over 80km/h — which is pretty awesome!
Take a look (and of course check out the individual bike manufacturers listings)