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    Thinking of a bent, but have no idea what style (2 wheel, 3 wheel ect.)

    I am considering a bent, mostly because I have heard they are good for comfort.

    Beyond that, I have no idea if I should be considering a two wheel, or 3 wheel--and if 3 wheel 2 in front or 2 in rear.

    Checking these out at LBS is not able to happen---at best I might be able to find a couple in Minneapolis area.

    So what are the advantages/disadvantages of these styles and how does one get started narrowing down the possibility's?

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    Road trip time.

    Plan a trip to a recumbent specific shop - Hostel Shoppe in Stevens Point Wisconsin is a good one. Anything short of that is guessing.

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    Have you a specific goal Travel- touring or JRA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    Plan a trip to a recumbent specific shop - Hostel Shoppe in Stevens Point Wisconsin is a good one. Anything short of that is guessing.
    +1
    What is your intended use? Roads, or bike trails? I've a Bacchetta Strada that I like very much, but it is strictly a road bike, for example. Others models are better suited for dirt trails. IMO a trike is better suited for bike paths and are heavier. keep in mind that bents for the average cyclist ( me ) are not as maneuverable as a diamond frame bike, and for that reason alone, I have returned to my diamond framed ride for day to day rides.

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    I have a short wheelbase recumbent, a Bacchetta Giro 20. Because of its low center of gravity and high pedals I can push it through corners far faster than my standard bikes. I especially like that I ride in a heads-up position, it's much easier on my neck and I enjoy the scenery more. I made sure before I bought the bike that it fit on a standard bus bike rack so I can use buses to carry it around, and it's fit on my Bones bike rack for a car. It's slower up hill than a regular bike but faster on the level or downhill. A lot of that is because I don't get enough chance to ride it to build up the muscles for it.

    On the Big Dam Bridge ride, on a particularly hilly part where virtually everyone was walking their bikes, one fellow on a recumbent came blasting by everyone, me included. I know him. He's over 60, his recumbent is carbon fiber and he rides it all the time, so a recumbent can be fast uphill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by acs55812 View Post
    Checking these out at LBS is not able to happen---at best I might be able to find a couple in Minneapolis area.
    Get in touch with the MNPHVA: http://mnhpva.org/ . They'll help... or talk your ear off. Or both.
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    Do you currently ride a bike? If so, what kind? What sort of riding do you plan on doing? What are your expectations, beyond comfort?

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    Why not ask this in the Recumbent Forum?
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    Quote Originally Posted by a1penguin View Post
    Why not ask this in the Recumbent Forum?
    Not a bad idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by acs55812 View Post
    should be considering a two wheel, or 3 wheel--and if 3 wheel 2 in front or 2 in rear.
    The words you are looking for are: Bike (two wheels), trike (three wheels), tadpole trike (2 front wheels), and delta trike (2 rear wheels).

    I was lucky to find a used recumbent bike on the For Sale section of the local bike club's website seven years ago. Cheap. Rode that for two plus years while I got hooked on 'bents. Have since moved on to better-fitting and better performing 'bent bikes.

    Unless you stumble across something that works for you, a road trip to Stevens Point might be well worth your while.

    Recumbents (bikes and trikes) are generally very comfortable, compared to upright bikes. There are areodynamic advantages, too, but that is variable by model and is only a factor at speed.
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    Definitely trike. It'll be the most fun you've ever had with your clothes on.
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    I went through this just two months ago. The nomenclature makes sense, but it took a while to understand it.

    The SHort Wheel Base bikes tend to be more "sporty" and quick. They take some getting used to. I had ridden an upright for years, but even so I felt very awkward for the first month. The bikes can feel "twitchy" at slow speeds. I still can't use my two lowest gears because I have a hard time staying upright at that speed.

    The long Wheel Base tend to be steadier and a bit slower.

    Trikes are ideal for anyone with balance problems. They don't have any trouble going uphill. If you get tired you just slow to a stop, rest a bit, then resume climbing.

    Bacchettas are pretty popular. I'm the third poster on this thread with one, a Giro 26 ATT, which is marketed as a touring bike. I don't tour. I got it because it has disc brakes and fatter tires (26/1 1/4) so the ride would be a bit cushier, especially on sketchy rural roads. They're great bikes. Other folks love other brands, which I know little about.

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    Did you say Minneapolis?

    http://www.calhouncycle.com

    Minneapolis dealer for RANS, Bacchetta, I.C.E., Greenspeed, and Catrike. Go ride some bikes and trikes.
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    Or you could just get a real bike...

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    Get real.

    Forgot to mention recumbent tandem bikes. Not a good starter 'bent for one person.



    Tandem trikes are available, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rebel1916 View Post
    Or you could just get a real bike...

    Oh, get along with you. I have two uprights and 3 recumbents. All have their purpose, but the 'bents get the most use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rebel1916 View Post
    Or you could just get a real bike...
    Define "real bike" - one that looks just like yours? Get real!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rebel1916 View Post
    Or you could just get a real bike...
    A case of Wedgudice. Clearly a hater. Ignore him and maybe he'll go away

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    Delta has the issue of two wheels to power. one or both and how ?..
    tadpole .. common bike parts for that

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    I'm just shocked that it took you sensitive mofos that long to respond!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rebel1916 View Post
    I'm just shocked that it took you sensitive mofos that long to respond!
    At first I was willing to think his previous post was just a poor attempt at a joke and forgot the smiley. I no longer think that. He's just trolling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    At first I was willing to think his previous post was just a poor attempt at a joke and forgot the smiley. I no longer think that. He's just trolling.


    This sensative mofo is going to go and slash his wrists because someone said my bent looks funny

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    It's just too easy with you oversensitive older gentlemen, as I've said before, the only beef I have with bents is every single time I pass one there is a ridiculous amount of weaving going on. IDK if they are just hard to hold a line on, or the physical decrepitude of the riders contributes to a lack of handling skills, but holy moly, it can be scary going around you guys.

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    I can't speak for other 'bent riders; but uprights just don't pass me unless a half-dozen or more can team up to do it. So you're describing a condition I'm not familiar with. I probably wouldn't be as impressed with your riding as you seem to be,either; but at least I wouldn't blame the bike.

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    I will acknowledge that some of the wobbling does appear to be related to the low speed. So maybe faster bent riders weave less. Who knows, I've never seen one. It must be that they are so far ahead of me I never catch 'em. And I don't think that thinking that being able to hold a line is a basic skill for cycling in public equates to being overly impressed with my own riding.

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