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Old 07-19-06, 10:23 PM   #1
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Any really tall riders here?

I am trying to get back into riding after many years away and have been patiently waiting for a tall (27" or so) roadbike to appear, but it hasn't so far. The more I think about it, the less I think I really want to sit so high anyway. I ride a cheapo chopper bike that I picked up at a grocery store; it doesn't fit well but it has shown me the virtue of 'low'.

I went out today to try a Sun EZ-1 with very high hopes. Nope, quite a bit too short. Bike shop guy just shook his head and grinned while I tried it out. I liked the ride though, which makes me think a bent might be the thing for me. I'm 6'7". Anybody have any recommendations for bikes that might fit? I am a recumbent novice, but I'm pretty sure I like the long wheel base bikes where your pedals are lower rather than the bikes where you lay down with your feet out in front of the front wheel. Is a LWB that fits me going to turn like a semi? Tall guys, what's the scoop?
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Old 07-20-06, 03:12 AM   #2
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You're a bit taller than me, but I'm 6'5, my actionbent fits me just fine. I have however noticed that the pedals aren't out as wide as I might like, but thats easily fixed. Don't be scared of the SWB bikes, tehy look scary but they're fun, and as far as I can tell, easier to get around than LWB. TRY LOTS OF BIKES! I agree with Amyd on the weight/balance issue.
Don't let your giganticness keep you from getting a bent. I am 6'5 and 250(my bent has helped me lose 50lbs since January) and a rugby player(wide shoulders), very little fits me, but I can count my bike as one of the best fitting and most worthy purchases I've made in a long time.
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Old 07-20-06, 08:24 AM   #3
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I'm 6'4" and my trike fits just fine as well. Though I think it may not fit a 6'7" rider.

Contact the manufacturer of whatever bike you're interested in. Often times they can offer you an extra-long boom that will accomidate your height. The manufacturer of the trikes I sell offers such an option, for example.
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Old 07-20-06, 09:27 AM   #4
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Which actionbent did you end up buying? I'm interested, because I'm about the same size as you (6'5", 255 lbs.), although most of my height is in my torso.

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Old 07-20-06, 01:53 PM   #5
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I bought a Jetstream II USS, my height is also in my torso. I have about 3 or 4 inches left in the boom as well. I love it, I need to push out the boom a bit, just a tiny bit too short, but that can be fixed.
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Old 07-20-06, 02:04 PM   #6
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I am 6'7" with a 36" pants inseam (don't know what my x-seam is). Sorry, I don't know about LWB bikes, but I can speak about SWB bikes. When I first got my Burley Hepcat I had the seat as upright as possible, and almost as far back as it could go. Now I have it reclined about halfway (which is not really that reclined in comparison to some hi and lo racers), and I have about an inch or two before the seat is all the way back.

Just yesterday I was fooling around with a Bacchetta Corsa, and with the seat in the proper position for I had two or three inches before I ran out of room. This is also with the seat in a fairly upright position (for this bike).

Btw, how upright or not the seat is changes the fore/aft adjustment. Lean the seat back and you have to slide it forwards just a bit. This could make a small, but critical, difference.

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Old 07-20-06, 05:00 PM   #7
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i'm about 6'4" and about 230lbs [1.91m and 105kg] ... i built a bentech swb uss and it fits fine ... there is still plenty of length left in teh boom to fit a taller person and the the tubing on the bike is the larger 2" diameter tubing so it is still a very solid bike ...

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Old 07-21-06, 02:37 PM   #8
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I'm only 6'2"; you may call me "shorty".
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I have a Cycle Genuis Falcon (20/26" LWB), and it's pretty long. Cost was ~$1100. It is a 20/26" LWB, and if I put the seat all the way back, I can't even keep my feet on the pedals all the way around. With the seat adjusted right (for me) there's still at least 3" of rearward rearward movement left behind it.

amyd's comments regarding weight distribution on an SWB are true, but I had a SWB before but wasn't fond of the SWB's jittery steering--and the LWB sure doesn't have that.

I wasn't interested in trikes, so I didn't try any of them.
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Also, if you are intrested in a mono-tube frame you could ask the manufacturer about getting a longer custom frame built; with these bikes it's pretty easy to do. But you're looking at the mid-upper price range then, Bachetta, Volae, Longbikes, Hase, ect, companies that make their own frames. Actionbents are foreign-made so they don't build the frames themselves.
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Bikes by RANS adjust for height by sliding the seat forward or back, as needed.
This can be a problem if you are at the end of the range, ad will put too much weight on the rear wheel.
(I'm a shorty in this discussion here at 6' 1" so my Rocket works fine.)

Lightning adjusts the pedals in and out for different heights, so your weight stays 'centered' between the wheels. Their Large P-38 goes up to 6' 8"

Some other companies use the adjustable boom as well.

Those are my words from experience, now here's some guessing:
At 6' 7" you would probably gain a greater aerodynamic advantage by getting bent.
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that still cracks me up, when I hear Bent riders say that, "Oh get bent!"
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Old 07-23-06, 03:17 PM   #11
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Bikes by RANS adjust for height by sliding the seat forward or back, as needed.
This can be a problem if you are at the end of the range, ad will put too much weight on the rear wheel.
(I'm a shorty in this discussion here at 6' 1" so my Rocket works fine.)

Lightning adjusts the pedals in and out for different heights, so your weight stays 'centered' between the wheels. ......
I know it's common to aim for an equal weight distribution on other vehicles--but I'm not so sure it's best for a recumbent bike. When most people crash it seems to be because their front wheel starts to slide. Probably because during much of the crashes they are likely applying hard braking, which shifts even more weight onto the front wheel. 50/50 distribution is technically better but if you want it during hard braking, then you'll have to live with most of the weight on the rear normally.

...And when riding an upright bike and you are entering a hazardous area--what do you do? You stand on the pedals and straighten your arms--unweighting the front wheel and transferring most of your weight to the rear wheel.
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The LWB I have now has probably around 66% on the rear--and it steers way better in gravel than the SWB ever did.
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Old 07-23-06, 09:58 PM   #12
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If a bike is designed to accomodate a rider my height or just a bit taller (6'8"), should the weight distribution work out ok? I am hoping to check out a BikeE RX XL frame in the near future. It's a LWB, but a larger frame. I also wonder whether having a suspension will be a good thing or not at my size. I hope it can take enough pressure that I don't feel like I'm riding in jello.

BTW- bought a bent today - a BikeE CT. Picked it up for my wife, but I've been riding it around. It is the standard size frame and it seems a bit twitchy for me so I think it is that weight distribution thing. Sure is cool, though. I was shopping for myself and found this one for $150 so she tried it. She was dubious but had the coolest grin on her face after just a few minutes and said she really wanted it. Good for her, now where's mine?!?
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Old 07-24-06, 02:33 AM   #13
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Wow, 150 bucks? Awesome! The twitchinesss goes away after a bit, my SWB was really twitchy at first but now its gone away for the most part.
Good luck from one giant(6'5) to another.LOL
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I rode a LWB and an SWB over the weekend. The LWB felt stable in a straight line, but unstable otherwise probably because I had the seat pretty far back. The high levels of rake and trail also affected steering, IMO.
The SWB felt twitchy and quick but not unstable, if you know what I mean. I felt the weight was more centered.
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6'6" 230lbs. here, I wanted low CG, pedals lower than seat and semi-upright position in a LWB. I don't have the financial luxury to shop around so I went homebuilt. I bought the frame online and populated it myself from discarded bike parts. Down here people toss perfectly good bikes all the time. If only I had more space.....l

Since time of picture, tires were changed to Kenda Kwests 100psi 26x1.5 VERY nice slicks. And the white seatback pad shown was too thick. It's a pleasure to ride, a bit wide on the turning radius but most of the time I'm going straight anyhow.
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6'6" 230lbs. here, I wanted low CG, pedals lower than seat and semi-upright position in a LWB. I don't have the financial luxury to shop around so I went homebuilt. I bought the frame online and populated it myself from discarded bike parts. Down here people toss perfectly good bikes all the time. If only I had more space.....l

Since time of picture, tires were changed to Kenda Kwests 100psi 26x1.5 VERY nice slicks. And the white seatback pad shown was too thick. It's a pleasure to ride, a bit wide on the turning radius but most of the time I'm going straight anyhow.
Sweet ride!

I picked up a BikeE RX with the extra large frame. It feels so nice being able to stretch my legs out. Learning how to position my legs when turning so I don't hit my knee with the handlebars. Road bike wisdom/habit has me trying to put my outside foot down, but extending my inside foot doesn't seem to adversely affect balance, etc. on the bent. I'm not cornering very aggressively yet, though. It may not be a perfect fit, but I sure am having fun on it..
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Any really tall riders here?
I'm very tall.



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Old 08-01-06, 04:29 PM   #18
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Try Tour Easy or Rans Stratus

Now , I'm not tall, but I allowed a former neighbor to try my TE (6'6", 300 lbs. former NFL linesman). He really liked it. Comes in sizes, (both TE and Strat), both are built tough. Handles like a semi? Not going down hill at 40 + mph. Tight turns? no problem. U - turns on a trail? Put them size 17 landing gears down, stand up, grab the top tube and pivot. Plus - the best seats on the planet come from Rans and TE. Think I'll take the trike to Bears training camp and let some of the big kids try it out.

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