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Old 05-08-07, 09:59 PM   #1
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Time to sit back and relax.

Well, seven months after my surgery and I can only manage to ride 16 miles without having more pain than I think it's wise to ignore. Today I went to the local recumbent dealer and tried out a few of those rolling lawn chairs. I left after ordering a Rans F5 Enduro. Fortunately, I live in an area where the roads are flat and the traffic sparse so I might survive learning how to keep the thing upright. Do you think tomorrow is to soon to start calling the dealer to ask: "Is it here yet?"
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Old 05-08-07, 10:06 PM   #2
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Do whatever it takes (see pic)

So how much you want for the Schwinns?
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Old 05-08-07, 10:23 PM   #3
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I've only ridden long wheel base bents. Don't know how a short wheel base one rides at all. How did you do on your test ride?
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I've only ridden long wheel base bents. Don't know how a short wheel base one rides at all. How did you do on your test ride?
I felt like a passenger. I guess it's like starting over... without the training wheels.
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Do whatever it takes (see pic)

So how much you want for the Schwinns?
Nothing is for sale at the moment. In time, I will probably ride them more... just not for long distances.
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Old 05-09-07, 06:17 AM   #6
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You will enjoy your 'lounge chair on wheels' ... May feel twitchy at first, or unstable, but give it a little time and you will be gliding down the road...
l have a long wheel base Linear
and a short wheel base Lightning P-38...and enjoy em both
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I felt like a passenger. I guess it's like starting over... without the training wheels.
Shouldn't take long to get used to the new bike. I had one very similar to this pass me on the river trail Monday evening like I was standing still. I checked and I was doing 14 mph at the time
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Those look like they'd be a blast to ride. Let us know how it works for you. They look fast even standing still.
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Nothing is for sale at the moment. In time, I will probably ride them more... just not for long distances.
That's what I said at first. The first year, I rode the old road bike twice. The next year I rode it once. The third year I sold it to a co-worker who then complained it was possessed and made him ride too fast.

I hear that the F-5 Enduro can be ordered set up for road, for those who only ride on relatively OK roads. I understand RANS' strategy of letting the road market go in favor of being the only ones marketing a fat-tire highracer, but I'm disappointed that they didn't leave the roadie version in their catalog.
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I felt like a passenger. I guess it's like starting over... without the training wheels.
I found that no matter how hard I tried on my SWB bent, I was not comfortably balanced, especially uphill.

Then I discovered that the problem went away gradually over time. There is no substitute for just letting your brain re-learn how to balance subconsciously. Trying harder just made it frustrating, for me.

I relaxed, and it happened all by itself, eventually.
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Old 05-09-07, 01:06 PM   #11
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High racers are a bit extreme for a first recumbent. But if you stay with it, you'll probably like it. I love my Bacchetta Corsa.

More people start out with a CLWB recumbent. They are easier to ride if you have never been on a recumbent before. My wife's first recumbent was one, an EZ-1. After she went over the handlebars of her hybrid, and never seemed to get over her fear of it after that, I bought her the EZ-1. She soon loved it, and said she never wanted to ride anything else.

But I knew that many people find an LWB more comfortable and smoother riding, so after a year, I talked her into test riding my Rans Nimbus. The only way I got that Nimbus back from her was by buying her a Rans Stratus. Now, she loves it and swears she never wants to ride anything else. But who knows, maybe in a year or so, we'll be twinkies on side by side high racers.
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That's what I said at first. The first year, I rode the old road bike twice. The next year I rode it once. The third year I sold it to a co-worker who then complained it was possessed and made him ride too fast.
Yep, recumbents are a slippery slope into oblivion. I waited 9 months after buying my first bent before putting my two Campy equipped road bikes, a Serotta and an Eisentraut, up for sale. Never looked back.
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