I do not have a Day6, and haven't ever rode one.
I do have a 2006 RANS Fusion
, which is (overall) a similar riding position.
So according to standard internet operating procedure, I'm going to talk about something totally different than what you asked. ;)
Originally Posted by no1mad
Stopped by the LBS around here that actually stocks them. Took a Dream 21 speed for a ride around in there parking lot. Before I ask Santa for one, I have a couple of questions:
-How does it handle hills?
In addition to the Day6, another company that made a bike like this was Lightfoot Cycles, who made the Surefoot model (no longer available).
One of the advantages that the RANS bikes have to these others is that RANS uses a tall stem riser, and low-rise handlebars. The Day6 and Surefoot used low
stems, with medium- or taller-rise handlebars. These bikes are all basically semi-recumbents, and are rode sitting on the seat all the time; standing up to pedal isn't real practical--and the reason the stem height makes a difference is that when you want to ride aggressively on these bikes, you need to be able to pull back on the handlebars hard in order to pedal hard.
The potential problem with the Day6 (and the Surefoot) was that if you pulled hard on the taller handlebars, they may rotate in the handlebar clamp. People who only ride them very casually may never see this issue however.
.....One disagreement I have with the Day6 (one seat) and the Surefoot is clear--making a bike with this relaxed of a riding position, and then putting a regular bicycle saddle on it
is just plain stupid
. One of the most common complaints about bicycles is that the saddles hurt to sit on, and the whole idea of building a bike with this riding position is that it frees you from needing to use a regular bicycle saddle.
The seat of the RANS bikes is unique--it won't fit on other bikes. It is much bigger and more comfortable than a bicycle saddle and doesn't require padded shorts, but still doesn't interfere with pedaling. It is possible to adjust the RANS bikes so you have zero hand pressure, but I prefer to lean for ward a bit.
-What is your avg/max speed? I know that this varies because everybody has different *engines*, but the riding position has the aero profile of a Peterbilt...
The RANS Fusion is considerably more comfortable, but it is also noticeably slower than I would be on a comparable "regular" road bike or MTB, basically due to the RANS poor aero position. The Fusion is great
for casual cruising and moderate speed riding, but IMO it is lousy for racing on. The comfy position makes for poor aerodynamics, there's no way around it.
-Utility? I know that Day6 has a rear rack for $99 available, but is there some other rack that would work on the cheap? Also, one of the testamonials from the Day6 site states that he straps a backpack to the backrest. Is this possible?
RANS sells a rear rack mounting kit for their bikes. They have refined it over time. I didn't like the one they had when I bought my bike, so I welded my own rear rack.
-Transporting? How do you transport it, when you are not riding it?
Some people who use bike/bus routes have found that with the RANS crank-forward bikes, if you flip the front wheel backwards, it is short enough to fit into many regular "wheel-support" bicycle carriers (such as on many metro buses). I use a regular trailer hitch/frame hook rack for mine, or lay it down inside my SUV.
My other bike is a long-wheelbase recumbent that is much more comfortable than the RANS Fusion, but is also much more a pain in the rear to transport. Transportation is (I think) the main drawback of owning a recumbent.
Any advice/opinions are, as always, welcomed.
The RANS bikes start at around $1100, which is more than the Day6 $700 bikes.
RANS has a website with forum for the crank-forward bikes: http://www.crankforward.com/
Other bikes are discussed, but most who have tried others say that the RANS are the best functioning choice available right now.
The Fusion I own now, I had to order sight-unseen,,,,,,, but if I bought another, I would try to test-ride a Dynamik before choosing. The Fusion has a bit more wheel flop than I'd like (due to its tilted-back head tube angle) and I ended up adjusting the Fusion to I am leaning forward a tiny bit anyway.