Just from my own experience and word of mouth, recumbent bikes are actually now gaining popularity. They haven’t been very mainstream because of a few reasons. First, they are an odd shape and not very practical for storage and lock up. Many shops are not familiar with some of the components in a recumbent so it can be difficult to fix and maintain. They are also still banned in most competitions because of their aerodynamic advantages so some people simply do not know about them. They also tend to start at a much higher price than the average bicycle.
The issues we have heard about start with price, reinforced with harder to store, harder to transport, not as maneuverable in traffic, less visibility, etc. None of this is to say that they aren’t a good ride and the people who use them love them.
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