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Old 09-09-02, 05:58 PM   #1
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1st Post - Looking for a 'bent.

Hi everyone!

I've been testing 'bents in preparation for a purchase, and have got it narrowed down to one of two models: the Bachetta Strada and Vision 54.

I'd like to hear from recent Bachetta Strada and Vision 54 buyers. Are you happy with your purchase? Was your money well spent? What problems have you had? FWIW, I'm 6'3" and weigh about 230 lbs.

Knowing what you know now, would you buy your 'bent again...?

Is there any financial advantage to purchasing now, instead of waiting for spring?

I'm guessing that I could get the same 'bent for less money late in the season, as opposed to paying more in the spring (I live in Minnesota).

Lower demand in the fall means a better deal, right...?

Thanks for helping me (and probably others) make a more informed decision!
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Old 09-09-02, 09:16 PM   #2
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1st off, welcome! They are both excellent bikes. Choose the one you like the most and JUST BUY IT!! Quit worrying about beating up a dealer on the price! He/she could turn out to be your best friend when it comes to taking care of your recumbent. Let 'em make a living. You'll completely forget that $100 (or whatever) when you're mounting that 'bent 5 years from now, but I guarantee you won't forget your relationship with your dealer.
Dealers are people too...treat them right.

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Old 09-13-02, 09:40 PM   #3
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The dealership you buy it from is as important as the bike you buy. And it's been my experience that not all bike shops are created equel. Some provide excellent service (even if they don't sell primarly bents - a bike is a bike is a bike....) and some only care about selling you a bike (even a bent specialty shop) and may even make some errors when they assemble your bike. So even if you pay more, a good shop is worth it's weight in gold.

Haven't ridden either of the bikes you mentioned but found a good site that has reviews. Congradulations on your decision and enjoy whatever you buy.

http://www.bentrideronline.com/
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Old 09-14-02, 08:10 PM   #4
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I took your advice and purchased a Bacchetta Strada today. I pick it up from the LBS tomorrow.

I could have got it for $175 cheaper at another shop that is about 4 hours drive time away, but I figured that extra $175 was worthwhile in that I could get it locally and hopefully get good future service from the LBS.

They are assembling it today/tomorrow, so I can pick it up tomorrow afternoon.

I'm excited and I feel good about my decision to "get the one I really wanted", instead of getting a cheaper one and then buying a better one later (and spending even more money in the process).

I am looking forward to many years of service from this purchase.
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Old 09-15-02, 01:39 AM   #5
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I noticed this post. I would also like to purchase a recubant bike in the future. I am unfamiliar with brandnames of recumbents and would like some recommendations of medium priced bikes.
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Old 09-15-02, 09:18 AM   #6
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Well, being a new 'bent rider myself I can't give much advice about different brands.

But what I did in my "shopping" was to test ride as many different ones as I could. There is variation even among 'bents of the same type. By that, I mean that I tested 3 different Baccetta Strada's, and 2 were very nice, but the 3rd was not impressive (in all fairness, it was a demo that was filthy and had been beaten).

I also tested different makes that came highly recommended, but that I didn't like personally. Different 'bents fit different people, and the only one who can decide for sure is yourself.

I had narrowed it down to the Strada (which I bought) and a Vision 54. Vision rode a bit smoother and handled better at low speed, but the Strada was better at moderate & higher speeds, which is where I'll be most of the time.
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You are newly bent! Congrats! I'm sure you will like your new recumbent. Now go ride and have some fun! As far as big names in the recumbent business, there are many. The place to start is at your local recumbent dealer. See what their major brand is. If they carry more than one brand, you can bet it will be one of the "big boys". Sun, Lightning, Vision, Rans, Bacchetta for examples. Consider how you plan to ride. That is , are you into a more sporty, quick handling style (short wheelbase), or a laid back, easy cruising ride (long wheelbase)? Or maybe something in between (compact long wheelbase). Make sure you are dealing with a reputable shop (ask questions). Take some test rides to re-affirm your style. Then quit milling it over! Lay down your cash (or credit card) and ride off into your sunset! You won't regret it!
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