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Recumbent bicycles have been banned from competitions by the UCI since 1934 because their design has aerodynamic advantages over normal bicycles and competition results are thus distorted. Why does Strava allow a mix of recumbent bikes and regular bikes on the leaderboards for cycling activity type? With a normal bike (diamond frame design) in most cases you have no chance of getting first place in the leaderboard when you have to compare yourself to a rider on a recumbent bike who can achieve a higher sustained speed with less power, this makes the leaderboard unusable for activity type cycling.

Mt. Kenya

Hi, now Velomobile appeared in choice of activity, but Recumbent also would be good to have, as recumbent bike is "open velomobile", but not DF type bike. 

Mt. Kenya

Ridiculous to not make a difference between diamond frame bikes and recumbent bikes. 

The idea of Koms is to compete against others, but therefore fair and clear categories/ activity types must be defined.

There always will be possibilities to use advantages like drafting, wind, tt bikes, but to say every two wheel vehicle is equal, is ridiculous and not fair at all. 

Mt. Kenya

Absolutely agree.  We need both a recumbent trike and recumbent eTrike categories.  This is a growing sport and Strava would do well to embrace it.

Mt. Kenya

I'm in agreement as well. Recumbent bikes need their own category. There's a gentleman in my area that takes koms at significantly less power than everyone on a cruzbike v20. I've seen it first hand on a group ride and how aero it is. It's not even in the same league as a traditional road bike.