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
- if you have forgotten to downshift before a stop
- 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.
X-seam measurements are used for sizing recumbent bikes and trikes for efficient, comfortable, and safe(r) pedalling. A person's X-seam measurement is needed for setting up the distance from the trike seat to the pedals. It also affects the chain length - too long or too short chains can cause damage to derailleurs and chain rings.
There are several methods to measure X-seam:
1. Sit on the floor with your back to the wall, stretch out your legs, and measure the distance from the wall to your heel.
2. 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.
3. Sit up straight in a dining chair and have someone measure from the corner of seat and backrest to your stretched out heel.
Recumbent Bike Groups
There are many contributing factors that make it challenging to have a concrete price list, including:
- international suppliers provide us with pricing in a variety of currencies and exchange rates fluctuate
- some products are subject to import duties in Canada
- shipping rates fluctuate widely
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.