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Old 05-03-05, 03:10 PM   #1
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Test Ride?

Is there an Optima Baron owner in the Chicago area who would let me test ride their bike? I want to see if I could ride one of these comfortably.
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Old 05-03-05, 08:48 PM   #2
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the answer is yes. anyone could ride a baron comfortably. A baron would be more comfortable than your current bike.
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How about the difference between a Baron and a Stinger. Most of my riding is 15 to 30 miles on city streets and paved trails. I commuted to work last year and I participate in charity and other group rides 5 or 6 times a year.
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Hello, there is one at the recumbent shop near me. Valley Bikes in Carmel, IN 800-730-9021. The owners son, Drew, rides it.
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Hello, there is one at the recumbent shop near me. Valley Bikes in Carmel, IN 800-730-9021. The owners son, Drew, rides it.
Thank you and everyone who answered or thought about answering. I bought a Baron so the test ride is no longer needed. Delivery is tomorrow.
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cool, let us know what your intial impressions are with the baron once you get out and get some rides on it. Also keep in mind if you want to try a tour on it this september, a bunch of us lowracer riders are doing the BRAT tour in Tennessee (september)
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Old 05-20-05, 06:02 AM   #7
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How much do Barons go for these days?
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I am told that you can get a new framset for around $1,800. You can then customize to your heart's content. I have seen them for $3,000 and up. In Europe they sell for less but they quote prices in Euros and duty and shipping will kill you.
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