Because the Meridian is a fusion of a lowracer and a touring recumbent, it's a bicycle for all occasions. It's great for those wanting a stable, easy-to-ride and comfortable bicycle for city commuting or long leisurely rides, but it also jumps into action when you want that all out fast and furious blast around the track or neighborhood. Because of the higher seat, you can look most traffic "in the eyes", so safety in crowded city traffic is greatly enhanced.
The unique over seat steering places your arms in a natural position and feels much like any standard bicycle steering system, so there is no learning curve when riding the Meridian. Since the steering is connected to the front wheel through a linkage system, there is no long flexible gooseneck to deal with and absolutely no dangerous "tiller effect", which would seriously compromise the handling characteristics.
Tiller effect is a common problem on long wheelbase cycles that simply place the handlebars close to the rider using an extended gooseneck connected directly to the front forks. Because the gooseneck is placed at an angle, the handlebars tend to swing out from side to side when making sharp turns, which can become a real safety issue when dodging obstacles at high speed.
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