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Old 02-21-12, 01:20 PM   #1
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What are these bikes called?

I don't think I've seen these before. The bikes on the trailer that is.

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Old 02-21-12, 01:26 PM   #2
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Looks like some kind of hybrid recumbant {spelling**
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Crank forward, I believe.
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I'd call it a semi-recumbent, but I don't think that's the proper term.
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Crank forward, I believe.
This.

Crank forward is the step between conventional diamond frame and recumbent.
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"CF" (crank forward).
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I Wikipedia, they also referred to them as semi-recumbent, since crank forward is apparently trademarked.
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We have a winner! Day 6 is the brand. http://www.day6bicycles.com/

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Old people / retiree bikes.
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http://www.day6bicycles.com/dream21.html

you can make out the model in the picture as well
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WTF is your point dude!

I are old people and I think these bikes are neat.............
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Giant butt seats, wow.
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Too tall.

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http://www.day6bicycles.com/dream21.html

you can make out the model in the picture as well
The one the dude is riding looks to fit him horribly. The seat bottoms interferes with his thigh bending down.

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WTF is your point dude!

I are old people and I think these bikes are neat.............
Hey, just remember those cocky young dudes get old faster than they even know.
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you can make out the model in the picture as well
The one the dude is riding looks to fit him horribly. The seat bottoms interferes with his thigh bending down.

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I just got in from a brevet. Two of the guys riding with us were in their 60's. They were both on conventional upright bikes.
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WTF is your point dude!

I are old people and I think these bikes are neat.............
Well,,, they do mostly show older people riding them.

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I've never owned one or rode one--but one problem I can see with them, just from hearing what others have said: the handlebars are too high for anything but very casual riding.
If you ever want to pedal hard on these kinds of bicycles (even just temporarily to get up a small steep hill) you need to be able to pull hard backwards on the handlebars to push on the pedals hard,,,, the riding position is not reclined enough to do it with body weight alone, such as on a recumbent. And on the ones (like these) with high-rise bars, you can't do that, since the high-rise bars rotate backwards in the stems.

Another "issue" with many models of these kinds of bikes is that they don't come in different frame sizes, and that is a MAJOR drawback. Most of the cheaper models are guilty of this. Just messing with the seat height and handlebars doesn't make up for that, any more than it works with a normal-frame bike.

A third problem many have is that they still use a regular bicycle saddle. The whole point of putting the pedals well forward of the seat is to allow better seat support,,, but then they cheap out and don't put the right kind of seat on. They still use bicycle saddles, and that's what most people complain about. ...While you can mount a third-party nose-less seat yourself (some examples here) and it can work pretty well on these kinds of bikes, it is an added expense.


The RANS crank-forward bikes are probably the most expensive of the lot (starting at around $1K) but they are the only ones that avoid all these issues.
The stem design allows pulling hard on the bars to pedal, there are different frame sizes available, they use a custom nose-less seat that doesn't require padded shorts, and finally the pedals are placed about twice as far forward as any of the other cheaper examples.

I have had a RANS Fusion since late-2006. Its much nicer for casual road riding than a normal bike is. Others who have tried it tend to agree, but they get 'the look' :O when I say how much one costs.
If I got another I would probably get the steeper-head-tube Dynamik instead; the Fusion has a "chopper" feel at times I could live without.

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Had to dig for it, but I managed to find this review that bikecommuters did back in '08 on the Day6 Dream. RL had concerns about the fork, but after countless bunny hops and curb jumps, decided it was worthy of recommending.
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I'd call the bikes in the original pic "semi-recumbents." Even though the seats have backs (a feature that CFs or cruisers don't have,) the seat mounts on a standard seat post. The latter disqualifies them as a true recumbent.
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