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    looking at buying a recumbent

    Hello,
    Just joined the list a couple of days ago and I've got a question to ask.

    I'm looking to buy a recumbent soon to use mostly as a commuting bike for work and possibly some weekend touring (eventually). The commute will be about 26 miles round trip each day. I would basically just like some imput on what type of bike to look for and would best fit my situation as far as SWB or LWB, brands to look at and test ride, and something under $1400. So far I've test road these bikes: Burley Limbo and Djanga, Rans V-Rex, Vision R40 in both LWB and SWB, EZ Sport Limited.

    Out of these bikes I've tested so far I really like the Burleys. But I still need to try the Canto or Taiko and would like to test ride a Lightning. Second choice so far is the EZ Sport Limited which is a very different bike from the Burleys but it was very comfortable and had great components for the price.

    Any help would be great, This is a tough decision.

    Thanks,
    Dustin

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    I hear you on the tough decision.

    I just went through the same thing as you, and I tested a bunch of different 'bents before choosing a Bacchetta Strada, which I really enjoy.

    Every person is different, so what works for others may not work for you. But testing as many as possible and "seeing for yourself" is probably the best way to proceed.

    Good Luck!

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    If you want to consider a used recumbent, I have a Haluzak Hybrid Racer for sale. It's in excellent shape, 3 years old, never dropped including rear carry rack. Available for well less than your budget.

    See http://www.haluzak.com/products/hybrid.htm for picture and specs.

    If interested, contact Dennis at d.corbo@att.net

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    Don't forget TRIKES!!
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    There are several European recumbents popular in North America; Optima, Challenge, HP Velotechnik, M5 ...etc

    I would also look at those recumbents with larger wheels both front and back 26"x26", 26"x27" . I find the larger wheels somewhat more stable at higher speeds (hill descent). They however are harder sometimes to get the feet into the peddle due higher bottom brackets.
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    Originally posted by beowoulfe
    Don't forget TRIKES!!
    YEAH!!!! Preach it, beowulfe!

    Trikes are much more stable in the six inches of snow we got here this morning
    Trike builder, self-contained tourist, educator, sea kayaker

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    If your going to use this bike as a commuter, your going to want to mount racks and fenders and lights. All of the bikes you hyave riden would make good commuters. I have riden most of the bikes you have looked at, any of them will work. Just pick the one you like the best, yea I know its not easy. A trike would work well if your going year round, but in the $1400 the only one I can think of is the EZ-3. Unless you find a deal on a used trike.
    Bentbaggerlen
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    I would think the SWB Rans Rocket would be perfect for you. I have had my Rocket for about a year now, and although I prefer to commute on my wedgie, the Rocket is still a great bent.

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    Whatever you buy, you'll probably think you've bought the wrong bike. Just be prepared to give yourself TIME to get used to whatever you end up with. I went through the process last October and got a V-Rex. I never put as much effort into selecting any car I've ever bought.

    I immediately had doubts and lots of scary moments until I got used to it. Now I LOVE it! The V-Rex was a good choice. I think I've ridden about 500+ miles now.

    I ride mostly in rural areas, so I don't have a lot of experience riding it around much traffic. You want to commute on it? Much traffic? I find it much harder to get rolling in traffic. Clip 1 foot in, lean back, pedal off in a low gear (did I remember to down shift before I stopped?) - lots to do to get going. I find I need a pretty low gear to spin up to the quick speed I need for stability.

    For riding in traffic look at an EZ-1 Lite. I ride with a friend most Sundays who has one and it seems be easier to manage in the little bit of stop & go riding we do in town at the start of our ride. The bike is lower, the seat more upright. If you don't have to worry about traffic -- pick any bike that seems right for you.

    And speaking of clips -- don't use them at first. Get used to the bike first but be VERY careful to not let your foot slip off. It de-stabilizes you and you can end up hitting the road with it with BAD results.

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    Let me clarify about "clips." By that I meant "clipless" as in SPD pedals. I think most people understand clips to be the toe clips you just slide into. When I first got the V-Rex I just used the standard pedals that came on the bike. Then when I was used to riding it, I switched to Shimano SPD pedals. I use the MULTI-RELEASE cleats -- I recommend them strongly. Easier to get out fast when you need to.

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