Performance: Steering & Arm Position

On our Bacchetta recumbents, the best efficiency will be attained by reducing the seat angle as much as possible without harming either the rider's power output or rider's view of the road (VERY important in real world riding to avoid obstacles!). Many experienced riders find the best angle to be 22-28 degrees from horizontal on our composite seats. Riders typically find lower seat angles increasingly more comfortable with experience.

Note that seat angles lower than 20 degrees (as measured from horizontal on our composite seats, across the lumbar curve area with a straight edge) will result in somewhat lower drag, but this lower seat angle also increases penetration of the torso shadow by the knees and lowers the power output for most riders.

To reduce air drag, take a look at seat angle, steering and arm position, wheels/ tires/ forks, and other considerations.

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