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    RAGBRAI. Need I say more? Steele-Bike's Avatar
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    Steele-Bike's gone Steele-Bent

    I have finally taken the plunge and bought a recumbent. I got a 2000 Rans Rocket off of E-Bay. The seller shipped it out yesterday, so I should have it any day now. I just can wait!!! <hehehe>

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    Nice. So what kind of a deal did you get on it?
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    Originally posted by kewlrunningz
    Nice. So what kind of a deal did you get on it?
    The price minus shipping was just under $800, but it comes with $530 in accessories...fenders, kickstand, seat bag, hydraulic brakes, back rack. I know there have been some upgrades to the Rocket since 2000, but I just didn't want to spend $1000 plus much more to accessorize the bike. This way the bike is already beaten in and I get to save a few bucks.

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    Sounds like a good deal, let us know how you like the change.

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    I like the Rans Rocket. I wasn't so sure at first since the chainring is up front and I felt it wasn't as safe as a BikeE but this turned out to be wrong thinking. Actually the Rocket is better than the Tailwind since the handlebar doesn't shake all over the place.

    As for speed, it depends on the tire selection. The bike is about as fast or faster than a very fast hybrid. You won't beat the road bikers but then again, most of them will be in pain after a long ride anyway.

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    RAGBRAI. Need I say more? Steele-Bike's Avatar
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    Originally posted by Joe Gardner
    Sounds like a good deal, let us know how you like the change.
    Well, I have had the bike for two days now. Riding a recumbent is like nothing I have ever experienced...1/2 Living room recliner and 1/2 bike. Since I bought this bike off E-Bay and there are no RANS dealers in town, I had not test rode this bike, nor any other recumbents. So, when I first assembled it and wheeled it out to the back alley, I knew I was in for a thrill...er, I mean spill. I had to just sit on the bike for a couple minutes before I built up the courage to get it rolling. Lets just say, my maiden voyage was less than smooth. Initially I found it difficult to balance while leaning back, but once I got going I had no problems. Now, the only thing I have to do is build up those recumbent riding muscles. It seems to work the calves more than I am used to. So far, I have only taken it for short rides around the neighborhood as I am not brave enough yet to venture too far. But soon there will be nothing between me and the open road!

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    Yah! The ride, unbelievable. Like floating on a cloud. Got this feeling just 30 min. into my first ride. Probably would have felt it sooner except the machine is a prototype and at that time, it was in dire need of alterations. Its a home built. My 70 year old uncle built it on a whim, called me for a consult, and.... well, you know, I got bent.
    3 weeks and counting... :angel:

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    Looks like fun.

    Keep the review comming.

    How big is that big ring?

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    RAGBRAI. Need I say more? Steele-Bike's Avatar
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    Originally posted by Greg
    How big is that big ring?
    I count 62 teeth. Having barely made it off the first chainring I can only imagine how fast it would go. Also, it seems to me the lowest gear is not nearly low enough. I would not be able to make it uphill if the bike were loaded down. Since I bought the bike used, I do not know if the gearing is stock. I will have to look in to that.

    I have had a bad cold the past few days, so with my balance being a bit off, I have not been on the bike. I'll be back on it real soon, though.

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    Is this your first ever 'bent? If it is and if you don't already know there are some things you need to be aware of.

    First you lose a certain amount of advantage when climbing hills on a 'bent, (over upright bikes that is). The best way to do is to gear down and spin, (if you don't you'll mess your knees up real bad).

    Second, it takes a good 1,000 to 1,500 miles to develope what are called 'bent muscles and lungs. You are using differant muscles in your back and using your leg muscles in a differant way, compared to a upright.

    With the upcoming cool/cold season in Iowa, (I live in Iowa too, so believe me I know), you may not be able to ride to much this fall and winter. One way to counter this is to ride on a trainer so you can help develope the muscles and be ready for next spring.

    As far as hauling gear on a trailer or on the bike itself. That may have to wait for a while, don't rush into this. Give it the time it needs for you to learn how to properly ride your new 'bent. Then move on to other more advanced things such as hauling gear on the bike or trailer.

    I've been riding 'bents since I've been riding bike as a adult. Just for a year or 2 now. And I just bought my first B.O.B. trailer. After reasearching it, (asking lots of people who have toured self contained), several people have told me the best way to tour is on a recumbent, and towing a trailer. So I aksed about climbing hills with a trailer and a 'bents disadvantage. Everyone I talked to said basically the same thing. First gear down and spin like always and you should not have a problem. They did recomend that I do some training rides first with the trailer loaded so I get used to how it feels.

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    Hey Steel-Bike, Hows the riding going?? Curious minds want to know. Or is it inquiring minds need to know....

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    Originally posted by ksquared
    Hey Steel-Bike, Hows the riding going?? Curious minds want to know. Or is it inquiring minds need to know....
    So far, so good. I have been commuting to work on my wedgie, so I have not had as much time on the bent as I would like. I try to ride it around the neighborhood everyday, though. I am still trying to fine tune a few things, so once I get that done everything should ride smooth. I switched the brakes on the bike, so now I need an extra long noodle for the front brake since the one that it came with hits the chain during left turns. Anyone know of a noodle supplier? Also, the big chainring seems to be slightly bent, but it doesn't affect performance, although it makes a little noise. I may eventually buy a replacement chainring, but I don't think it is a necessity.

    I cycle year around, so even though the temps are falling, I will have more to report in the near future.

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