Joe Kratovil-Loving Cycling Again!

Posted on by BAC_cms_adMin2

I came to recumbents because of injury.  After twenty years of cycling my body could no longer tolerate a traditional bike saddle. For the past three seasons I’ve been Randonneuring. I had completed three Super Randonneur Series’, among other long distance cycling pursuits. Faced with the choice of either quitting the activity I love, or finding an alternative, I opted to research recumbents.  I settled on the Bacchetta Giro 26 with optional euromesh seat.  I decided on this bike because the high racer platform seemed to be the best for riding in the company of upright bikes.  Also, the Giro model is a very durable ride which is desirable for Rando activities as well as commuting.  I picked up the bike from Economy Bike Shop in Hamilton Square, New Jersey on March 15th.  I needed to be ready for a 200k brevet in three weeks.


The adaptation process from riding uprights to recumbents was not easy for me.  I struggled at first but gradually kept improving.  I  worked my way through the Randonneur events one at a time.  I managed to complete my fourth full series finishing the 600k just this past weekend.  I feel much more comfortable on the bike and have actually come to enjoy the advantages of recumbent riding.  I continue to ride with the same group of friends as I always have.  They were very accepting of the new bike and have been very patient during the changeover process.  Although there are some trade-offs involved, the recumbent is undeniably more comfortable to ride than anything else I’ve ever had.  My body has healed from the years of abuse I heaped on it riding stiff bikes with even stiffer saddles.  I love cycling again.  It’s almost all I think about.

See you on the roads.

Joe Kratovil

Hillsborough, New Jersey 

Joe on the 400k fleche ride, passing Cranberry bogs-Southern NJ
Joe on the 400k fleche ride, passing Cranberry bogs-Southern NJ
Posted in News

6 responses to “Joe Kratovil-Loving Cycling Again!”

  1. Hello Joe,

    I ride recumbents for the same reason as you, i was no longer able to ride long travels, and now i can with my Corsa ,the 17 of june this year i start from Lyon (my town) at 04h00 AM at 03h30 AM i was near Narbonne i sleep a couple of hours and ride to Spain at 16h30 pm i was at L’Escala a beautifull town on the Catalan coast.
    After i day i was able to return Lyon three days after i was back to Lyon after 630 km against the the wind 1250 km for the travell.
    Recumbent make me dream i can ride where i want as longer as want whithout being injured .

  2. Steve, The bag is the smaller of the two Bacchetta seat back bags for the Euromesh and Carbon Fiber seats. It attaches to the seat back, under the cushion, with a sleeve. A strap at the bottom keeps it locked to the seat stays so it doesn’t bounce up. I’ve since updated to the larger Bacchetta “Brain Box”, which attaches the same way but holds a lot more stuff. Photo on my blog if you care to check it out
    Peace, Joe

  3. Estingoy, Your 1250k sounds wonderful, and amazingly fast. I wish you continued success with your recumbent cycling.

  4. Joe,

    Glad you found your bent legs. Doing long brevets on a df is terrible. You look great on your Bacchetta. Long distance riding is what these bikes are all about.

    I wanted to ask, that’s a wonderfully visible blue/red l/s jersey – what brand/make is it ?

    Good luck and good riding,

    Miami, Fl

  5. Steve, Sorry for the delayed response. I guess I haven’t checked the blog in awhile. The jersey is from Boure, it is their team long sleeve. I have found it quite useful in chilly weather. Very durable too. Available at

    Best wishes, Joe

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


18 + fourteen =