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    Wheezing Geezer Bud Bent's Avatar
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    I've gone low ...

    ... Lowracer, that is.









    Fedex delivered box 1 yesterday, and box 2 today. It's a Performer Roadster carbon fiber and aluminum lowracer. Actually, with a seat height of 15 1/2 inches, it's too tall to really be called a lowracer. I guess quasi-lowracer would be more accurate.

    I did a 25 mile test ride, today. It rides really well, and handles great. Much tweaking will follow.
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    His Brain is Gone! Tom Bombadil's Avatar
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    Very striking design. Like those carbon stays. Interesting semi-lowracer design, can't say I've seen one quite like it. I ride a bent, but it's a CLWB with low bottom bracket. I don't think I could handle this one.
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    Have you ever seen a Zox front-drive recumbent bicycle? That's low!

    Be sure to give us a full report after you have accumulated some mlies on your new toy!
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    Not only does that look as fast as a bat out of hell. It looks like a bat out of hell. I say that as a compliment. Very striking. Hope it brings you a lot of pleasure. Wave when you pass me.
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    That is a smokin' bike. Do you worry about how visible you are to cars when you're that low?

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    His Brain is Gone! Tom Bombadil's Avatar
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    As Bud said, his is not really that low of a lowracer. Others here have posted some truly lowracers (still don't know how they ride them) And then there are those ultra-low trikes!


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    His Brain is Gone! Tom Bombadil's Avatar
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    Those are some seriously thick carbon tubes. I hope you continue to post on your ride experiences.

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    I need more cowbell. Digital Gee's Avatar
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    So help me understand something. Are you like laying down when you ride?
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    Good control group.........serious carbon.........the movie "Stealth" comes to mind. Nice ride. Has DG noticed that many of the new bikes this week aren't white?

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    I need more cowbell. Digital Gee's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by maddmaxx View Post
    Good control group.........serious carbon.........the movie "Stealth" comes to mind. Nice ride. Has DG noticed that many of the new bikes this week aren't white?
    He has.

    Price o' white paint must be reaching $100/barrel nowadays.
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    Pedaled too far. Artkansas's Avatar
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    Swing low sweet chariot.

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    So this is the bike you were talking about before your surgery? You've made an amazing recovery, out riding already. Congratulations on both counts!

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    3-4 days ago were you riding your bent going up Pleasant ridge road just before
    the intersection of perkins, wearing a yellow jersey
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    wow........what's the weight of a bike like that? Just gotta love the technology that goes into it.

    Seeing that long chain gives me flashes of Chainsaw Massacre if that thing ever came off the jockey wheels!!!

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    That's a great looking bike, Bud. Enjoy it.

    The more I see these things the more I'm tempted to give one a test ride
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    Be prepared for "layin' down on the job, huh?" comments.

    Terrific 'bent!

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    What made you go with the performer, when it's about the same price as a Velokraft VK-2? The VK-2 is all carbon and sleeker-looking. I like carbon, but IMHO keeping the aluminum weld points as 'lugs' is a design mistake. Optima did the same thing. Like jppe, I'm wondering how much it weighs. Getitbent.com doesn't list a weight. Also, what model and size is that front tire, really? I've never seen a 20x1 tire, and I've looked.

    If you're going to route the chain up over the front wheel, that setup looks good. But most lowracers put the return chain on the inside. Doing so usually gives a better overall chainline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    What made you go with the performer, when it's about the same price as a Velokraft VK-2? The VK-2 is all carbon and sleeker-looking. I like carbon, but IMHO keeping the aluminum weld points as 'lugs' is a design mistake. Optima did the same thing. Like jppe, I'm wondering how much it weighs. Getitbent.com doesn't list a weight. Also, what model and size is that front tire, really? I've never seen a 20x1 tire, and I've looked.

    If you're going to route the chain up over the front wheel, that setup looks good. But most lowracers put the return chain on the inside. Doing so usually gives a better overall chainline.
    Wow, if you've found a VK-2 for $2200, I should have called you first! With seat pad, pedals, and the heavy FRP seat, it weighs 26 pounds (unofficial bathroom scale weight). I have a carbon seat coming which should lower that by 2 pounds. The front tire is a Cheng Shin 451 x 25 which is, indeed, 20 x 1.

    I'll try the return chain on the inside; I was just using my Corsa as an example, and it has the return chain on the outside.

    Kerlenbach, it's been my experience that long bikes like this are highly visible to cars, unless you get so close to them that you are under their field of vision. I try not to get that close to cars on any of my bikes.

    Gary, it is a pretty reclined riding position. I'll post a photo with me on it when I get one.
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    They told me it's ok to post mileage over in the commuting forum, so you'll probably find me there these days.

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    25mm tires on a bent? Wow! I'd be scared to even try them. I've read a number of comments on BROL from people who've had stability problems with 28mm / 1.125" tires. I've got 1.75" on mine and was considering going with 1.35" but have since backed off of that. May even decide to go with the Big Apple 2 inchers.
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    WOW! Sweet ride. Congrats to you.
    Now, don't be going out there and teasing any OCP Roadies with that rig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Bombadil View Post
    25mm tires on a bent? Wow! I'd be scared to even try them. I've read a number of comments on BROL from people who've had stability problems with 28mm / 1.125" tires. I've got 1.75" on mine and was considering going with 1.35" but have since backed off of that. May even decide to go with the Big Apple 2 inchers.
    25s are standard on the rear of a lot of low bikes and highracers. Many low bikes use 406x28 on the front but 25 is pretty common for 451s. Regardless, stability isn't a problem as long as you stay off of unpaved trails.
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    That is One Neat Machine.
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    His Brain is Gone! Tom Bombadil's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trsnrtr View Post
    25s are standard on the rear of a lot of low bikes and highracers. Many low bikes use 406x28 on the front but 25 is pretty common for 451s. Regardless, stability isn't a problem as long as you stay off of unpaved trails.
    Which would be my reason to look at the Big Apples, as 80%-90% of my bent riding is on unpaved trails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Bombadil View Post
    Which would be my reason to look at the Big Apples, as 80%-90% of my bent riding is on unpaved trails.
    I'm sorry. I'm sure they'll get around to paving the roads in Wisconsin sooner or later.
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