Originally Posted by des50
Hello......Does anyone have any experiance with the Dream machine bicycle from Herrington? as I am thinking about purchasing one.....thanks
I don't have any experience with it, but it appears to be the same bike sold by Day6Bicycles.
There's a few other bikes out there that are similar in rider position.
Premium among these is the RANS Sport Series, such as the $950 Fusion:
The $1250 Lightfoot Surefoot:
Getting a bit-more-recumbent, there are
The Sun SunRay (listed in the "recumbents" bikes, I *think* the street price is around $450):
The $600 Actionbent Mantaray is also similar though it's listed as out of stock for a couple months:
-And I don't know any others quite similar except for some possible cruiser bikes which come with a single-speed coaster brake but could do quite well with a 7- or 8-speed coaster brake rear hub (though you'd need the shop to do that, and it would add $200+ onto the price).
I have a 2006 Fusion and it's quite more comfortable than a regular bike, but to pedal hard you have to pull on the handlebars--and some of these other bikes you see have very-tall handlebars, so if you pulled hard on them the bars would slip in the stems. Except for the RANS bikes, the Day6/Dream Machine bikes have the shortest handlebars of all, so that's least likely to be a problem.
Also if a normal saddle is uncomfortable, you should be able to use an ergo-seat on the Day6 fairly well. The pedals being located so far forward means that you won't slide off the seat like you do when an ergo seat is mounted on a normal-geometry bicycle.