Recumbent - Best online dealer for recumbent accessories?
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05-15-10, 06:04 PM
I am thinking that I will be getting a Rans Stratus and was wondering what website has accesories for recumbents. I mainly want to get a rear bag for the seat so any info will be of help.
I got one of these for my V3. Good value. http://www.calhouncycle.com/productcart/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=14&idproduct=19
www.Hostelshoppe.com has more 'bent stuff than you can shake a stick at.
Lots of 'bent dealers, manufacturers and online merchants linked to at www.bentrideronline.com
05-15-10, 07:46 PM
I especially like the catalog at Hostelshoppe. I've used several other online merchants in the past: PowerOnCycling, BentUpCycles, Angletech, Gaerlan... and for tires, you should check BikeTiresDirect.com. I try to give some business to the LBS, but they really don't understand 'bents. They all know me as the guy with the cool bikes, though.
05-15-10, 08:54 PM
Thanks for the info.
I have found that one of the cool things about my recumbents is that I can experiment with stuff hanging around the house. The bike itself is so different looking that anything I add is just cool. I put an old camelback jogging backpack on my bike last season and used it for water and for extra clothing. It was cool, and it worked great. I recently found a black plastic container at work with a hinged lid, so I attached it to the back of my Volae, and I use a water bottle. Sometimes I just sit with a cup of coffee and look at the bike for a while, and an idea will come to me. Recumbents rock.
05-16-10, 07:57 AM
I'm new to the recumbent world but I've had dealings with Hostel Shoppe and Angletech. I like them both but for different reasons.
I think that Hostel Shoppe is cool mostly due to their catalogue and wide range of products. I like it because I can see pictures of stuff like idler systems and seats and such. I bought a pair of recumbent specific jerseys for me and Mrs. Grouch last week. Maybe now I'll stop losing my keys and cell phone out of my cargo shorts pockets.
Angletech strikes me as the opposite. Kelvin doesn't look to me like he carries such a wide range of stock but he has real firm ideas of what's good and what isn't and he'll work very hard to sell you what he thinks you really need. He obviously knows his stuff.
If you're pretty sure that you know what you want, try Hostel Shoppe because they'll probably have it in stock. If you're looking for advice, I'd call Kelvin at Angletech.
05-16-10, 02:05 PM
Calhoun Cycle and Hostel Shoppe are my two favorites. I use a bag from Lighntning Cycle Dynamics on the seat of my Stratus LE.
They do a huge online business and are partnered with Terratrike and Catrike for mods and product development. They also answer their phone and will talk yor ear off if given a chance. Highly recommend!!!
12-05-10, 07:25 PM
Don't forget the Rans site. Their prices are great and quality is exceptional.
12-07-10, 11:51 AM
I've dealt with Poweron Cycling, the Hostelshoppe, and Gaerlan (www.gaerlan.com). All three have been reliable. The last shop, located outside of San Francisco, is particularly good for homebuilders. All three have been great about answering questions as well.
12-13-10, 07:18 PM
I have bought from the Hostell Shoppe and Tarracycle. Both were great.
01-18-11, 06:56 PM
I am thinking that I will be getting a Rans Stratus and was wondering what website has accesories for recumbents.
I have had terrific success with these 3 online sellers:
Easy Street Recumbents http://www.easystreetrecumbents.com/
I had a terrible experience while on tour at Calhoun Cycle (even after spending over $500 on repairs the owner was beyond rude!) and will never buy from them again!!!
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