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    Is there a 'bent in my future?

    Walking over to Twiggs this morning for coffee, I spot a 50+er zipping along on his recumbent. For the first time, I found myself saying, "That's a cool bike. I could like that!"

    Perhaps it was because this one seemed a little higher than most 'bents I've seen. Perhaps it was simply the lack of caffeine, I can't be sure.

    The rear wheel was larger than the front. Is that typical?

    I don't know enough about the different brands to be able to tell you what this one was. All I know is he rode almost as high as a DF, and he zipped right along. Looked like fun!

    Then again, where would I put it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital Gee View Post
    Walking over to Twiggs this morning for coffee, I spot a 50+er zipping along on his recumbent. For the first time, I found myself saying, "That's a cool bike. I could like that!"

    Perhaps it was because this one seemed a little higher than most 'bents I've seen. Perhaps it was simply the lack of caffeine, I can't be sure.

    The rear wheel was larger than the front. Is that typical?

    I don't know enough about the different brands to be able to tell you what this one was. All I know is he rode almost as high as a DF, and he zipped right along. Looked like fun!

    Then again, where would I put it?
    There is always room for another bike...

    Frankly I have often wondered if I too would enjoy a 'bent. While they look quite comfortable, I think one thing I would miss is getting out of the saddle to climb... my legs love that stretch.

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    Well, I don't know. If you would publish the floor plan of your home, perhaps we could be a bit more helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital Gee View Post
    Walking over to Twiggs this morning for coffee, I spot a 50+er zipping along on his recumbent. For the first time, I found myself saying, "That's a cool bike. I could like that!"

    Perhaps it was because this one seemed a little higher than most 'bents I've seen. Perhaps it was simply the lack of caffeine, I can't be sure.

    The rear wheel was larger than the front. Is that typical?

    I don't know enough about the different brands to be able to tell you what this one was. All I know is he rode almost as high as a DF, and he zipped right along. Looked like fun!

    Then again, where would I put it?
    By and large, the small front wheel configuration is typical (at least in this country). Where would you put it? Once you've come over to the dark side, you'll have plenty of room where your df(s) used to live.

    If there's a 'bent dealer in your vicinity, drop by and take a bike or few out for a test ride. You might find it an enlightening experience.

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    Hey D.G.

    Read, Drool & Dream.......

    http://www.bicycleman.com/recumbents/recumbents.htm

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    Let me just say that this thread is yet another example of what is wrong with the 50+ forum - DG posts an observation/question, and gets (mostly) helpful responses.

    This would be a much more entertaining thread in the Road forum....especially if he asked whether he should organize a group buy on recumbents from Bikes Direct.

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    Well guys, I went 'bent 4 years ago and I'll never come back to DF's. I ride a Long Wheelbase recumbent, (probably what DG was looking at) and the comfort is so incredible, that it leaves me thinking DF is obsolete. I often tell people that it is the middle aged guys perfect bike. A ultra comfortable seat, upright position which leads to a relaxed neck and shoulders, lumbar support and little or no weight on your hands. In short, ALL the pain points are eliminated. Just the thing for some 50+ riders.

    There are some negatives. LWB's are heavy. My EZ Sport is just under 32 pounds. They are less maneuverable, because of the longer wheelbase. New, they're $1500.00, and up. The weight and maneuverability weren't problems for me because I ride relatively flat MUPs, and refuse to ride where there are cars. For me, it really works.

    My advice; When the pain problems with DFs finally get you to thinking it's time to give it up, look into recumbents. Before that time, your DF will do fine. bk

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    Sounds like a great excuse to buy another bike to me.

    But then I may be biased........
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    [QUOTE=BengeBoy;6916584
    This would be a much more entertaining thread in the Road forum....especially if he asked whether he should organize a group buy on recumbents from Bikes Direct.[/QUOTE]



    DG, you do also need to consider the type of riding you do and whether a bent would fit into that.
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    If you're ever in the San Fernando Valley, stop by Bent up Cycles in Van Nuys. The owner of the store (Dana) has taken over the manufacture of Carbent bikes and has tall ones, low ones, whatever you like.

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    DG,

    The answer is yes. You have been infected with the meme. It will eat at you till you satisfy it.

    Maybe I'm to blame for the infection. I visited you at the same time I was buying buying my bent. I did the deal all over email with my LBS in Arkansas while I was in San Diego.

    With a new garage, you wonder where you have room for another bike?

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    Over the past 8 days, I've gotten in 4 rides, 2 on my flat-bar road bike and 2 on my recumbent. My recumbent is a extra-cushy 40 pound bike with a spring suspension. I'm faster on the flat-bar, the handling is better on the flat-bar, I can cover more mile on the flat-bar, but rides on the recumbent are more relaxing. I see more of the countryside and the seat is more comfortable.

    I will probably continue to switch back and forth, depending upon what type of ride I want to take on any particular day.

    Now there are recumbents that are as fast or faster than upright bikes, so my experience does not speak for all.

    I recently rode a LWB bent with a small front wheel. Very enjoyable ride. The Bacchetta Bellandare:


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    Check out the Hostel Shoppe, Stevens Point, Wisconsin. They are the most knowledgable recumbent folks that I've met without the sometimes superior, sometimes paranoid attitude. If you seriously think that a 'bent might be in your future, they'll take care of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    Check out the Hostel Shoppe, Stevens Point, Wisconsin. They are the most knowledgable recumbent folks that I've met without the sometimes superior, sometimes paranoid attitude. If you seriously think that a 'bent might be in your future, they'll take care of you.
    Indeed, HS has a great site and you can request them to mail you a paper catalog.
    Check out Bentrideronline.com, which includes a message board specific to 'bentdom, all varieties. Plus, links to most online recumbent retailers and makers.



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    I passed 4 teenagers walking on a rail trail the other day, as I went past on my bent, I could hear one say to another, "Now that's a rad bike!"
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    >Frankly I have often wondered if I too would enjoy a 'bent. While they look quite comfortable, I think one thing I would miss is getting out of the saddle to climb... my legs love that stretch.<

    which, to me, is the main shortcoming of bents, e.g being locked into one position albeit a relatively comfortable one.

    i enjoy my bent a lot, but also enjoy my DF. and my CF.

    if i could only have one, tough choice -- might be the CF.

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    As I understand, you now have a companion.

    So, it is a choice. This is how you will get enough room for your bent.

    Companion or Bent.

    N+2
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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
    As I understand, you now have a companion. So, it is a choice. Companion or Bent. N+2
    No need to choose. Buy two, his and hers, very romantic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Bombadil View Post
    Over the past 8 days, I've gotten in 4 rides, 2 on my flat-bar road bike and 2 on my recumbent. My recumbent is a extra-cushy 40 pound bike with a spring suspension. I'm faster on the flat-bar, the handling is better on the flat-bar, I can cover more mile on the flat-bar, but rides on the recumbent are more relaxing. I see more of the countryside and the seat is more comfortable.

    I will probably continue to switch back and forth, depending upon what type of ride I want to take on any particular day.

    Now there are recumbents that are as fast or faster than upright bikes, so my experience does not speak for all.

    I recently rode a LWB bent with a small front wheel. Very enjoyable ride. The Bacchetta Bellandare:

    Looks like Easy Rider!
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    There's only one recumbent dealer near San Diego, in Ramona, about 34-40 miles due east. Rather surprising to me, given the population here.

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    That is surprising, as we have 4 in the greater Madison area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital Gee View Post
    There's only one recumbent dealer near San Diego, in Ramona, about 34-40 miles due east. Rather surprising to me, given the population here.

    You need to road trip to here:

    http://bentupcycles.com/index.cfm

    Even I have considered road tripping (make that flying) to there from Illinois for a visit.
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    I'm curious, how well are bents at climbing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ad6mj View Post
    I'm curious, how well are bents at climbing?
    http://www.rbr.info/faq.html

    http://www.hostelshoppe.com/recumbent_faq.php

    http://www.lightningbikes.com/cyber.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by big john View Post
    If you're ever in the San Fernando Valley, stop by Bent up Cycles in Van Nuys. The owner of the store (Dana) has taken over the manufacture of Carbent bikes and has tall ones, low ones, whatever you like.
    Bent Up Cycles is having a recumbent rally this weekend. It's been going on since last night. I was registered, but ended up not being able to make it. There are several manufacturers there displaying their wares. The shop has different types of recumbents to try out. They are located on the edge of an industrial park, so there's plenty of room for test rides.

    Climbing on a recumbent is "different". You have to learn to spin your way up a hill, usually slower than on an upright.
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