Internal gearing is great for a lot of things. The biggest advantage of internal gearing, in our opinion, is this - shifting can happen at a standstill. Two instances where this is helpful are
1) if you have forgotten to downshift before a stop or
2) if you have had an emergency stop where you couldn't downshift.
This is especially important if you have any kind of leg weakness and need to start from a lower gear.
Another advantage is that internal gearing has a less complicated chainline, one that won't accidentally jump off the gears because of a bad shift or poor pedaling style.
What is X-Seam?
A person's X-seam is a measurement related to the person's height. It is measured from a sitting position with legs outstretched, and is the distance from the lower back to the soles of the feet. X-seam measurements are used for sizing recumbent bicycles and ultralight aircraft.
Sit on the floor with your back to the wall, stretch out your legs, and measure the distance from the wall to your heel.
TerraTrike uses a slightly different method:
- Lean against a board angled 60° to the floor, stretch out your legs, and measure the distance from the base of the board to your heel.
We suggest that you take your measurement the usual way, unless you are focussing on TerraTrike's trike options.
Are there any Recumbent Bike groups in Ontario?
E-bikes. What are the rules in Ontario?
This answer is copied from the MTO web page about 'other vehicles'. Please note that municipalities are allowed to make and have made additional by-laws for e-bikes. Be sure to check out your local municipal website for that info as well.Since October 3, 2009, electric bikes (both those resembling conventional bicycles and those resembling motor scooters) have been permanently allowed on roads and highways where conventional bicycles are currently permitted. They must follow the same rules of the road as set out in the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) that currently apply to cyclists, with some exceptions.
Operators must be 16 years of age or older
All operators must wear an approved bicycle or motorcycle helmet at all times.
An e-bike must not be ridden on, driven or operated unless it is good working order.
Similar to bicycles and mopeds, power-assisted bicycles are prohibited from use on certain provincial controlled-access highways.
Any municipal by-law prohibiting bicycles from highways under their jurisdiction also apply to e-bikes.
Municipalities may also pass by-laws specific to e-bikes that prohibit them from municipal roads, sidewalks, bike paths, bike trails, and bike lanes under their jurisdiction.