Adjective = noun

Recumbent adj: flat, horizontal, level, prostrate, supine, reclining, sprawling.

Only in the world of cycling can they get away with arrogant abuse of English grammar, and assume that everyone will understand you when you refer to a bicycle (in this case a tricycle) as a recumbent (noun). It might easily have been called a supine or a prostrate, or even a horizontal. But somehow, I don’t think any of those would have caught on so easily.

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Trying out a friend’s recumbent for size

So here I present you with a supremely comfortable supine rider, sitting (almost) horizontally prostrate on his recliner, waiting to go at a flat-out speed on the level, until he finds himself sprawling with fatigue………….the recumbent rider.

About Frank Burns

My journeys around the world are less about riding a bicycle, and more about what happens when I get off the bicycle. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on July 31, 2014, in Cycling UK and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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