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Old 08-12-06, 08:42 AM   #1
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I love my new Giant Revive !!

This by far is the best, I wish I had got one years ago. It was very easy to adapt to and now I am using it every day. What a pleasure.

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Old 08-12-06, 03:51 PM   #2
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Why not just get a real recumbent? Unless you plan on going super slow, and only on flat ground, what is the point? They seem soo heavy and ungainly. Maybe with an E.Assist they wouldn't be bad, I still have my doubts though.
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Why not just get a real recumbent? Unless you plan on going super slow, and only on flat ground, what is the point? They seem soo heavy and ungainly. Maybe with an E.Assist they wouldn't be bad, I still have my doubts though.
My wife and I had two of them a couple of years back. They really are quite comfortable and make great urban travelers. I sold one to a woman for her 80 year old mother. She rode it regularly, lost a bunch of weight, and got quite physically fit. It was the perfect bike for her at that time.

Get what you need, when you want it, and have a good time.

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Revives do have a market--they cost ($350? without electric) only a bit more than half what the lowest-priced new bents cost (roughly $600). They have a more-relaxed position and they do have suspension on the rear end (people with back problems need it).

I'd agree that they aren't good for aggressive (hilly or long-distance) riding but they can work better than a "normal" bike for a lot of people.

The best "relaxed uprights" seem to be the RANS bikes, and they start at $800 or so.
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Why not just get a real recumbent? Unless you plan on going super slow, and only on flat ground, what is the point? They seem soo heavy and ungainly. Maybe with an E.Assist they wouldn't be bad, I still have my doubts though.

I like the one I have. Sorry you are incapable of comprehending that.
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I am sorry I was such I dick. I got fired today, everything was on my "to destroy" list this afternoon. But here is the cool part, I get to ride my bike more often! I'm sorry again.
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Old 08-13-06, 07:53 AM   #7
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I am sorry I was such I dick. I got fired today, everything was on my "to destroy" list this afternoon. But here is the cool part, I get to ride my bike more often! I'm sorry again.
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No problem Mike. When one door closes another one opens.
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The best "relaxed uprights" seem to be the RANS bikes, and they start at $800 or so.
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I love this thing,





however the dimensions prohibit the use of the traditional rear bike rack.

Would it be possible to roof rack it?
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Just got of the phone with Giant (Calif). They make a bike rack for the Revive. ( it is just a little bigger then the traditional ones)

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For some people, a lot of people, the Revive, and any of the other newer crank forward bikes are an excellent choice. Most aren't serious cross country or racing machines, but they are very comfortable and with the coming baby boomers retiring, I'd bet millions will be sold.
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I did an extensive review of the Revive on this site and the only thing that stopped me from buying the bike was the weigth. Other than that, the bike was incredibly fun and comfortable. Very well thought out by Giant.
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Look at the RANS stuff, way lighter.
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The Revive is definitely not my cuppa tea, but it's well made and easy to ride. Crank forward bikes seem to be getting more popular, and I think as bent proponents we should applaud that fact. I think of them as a 'gateway' product - not real bents (as Giant goes out of their way to reiterate) but certainly getting close. Would the logical upgrade path be from a Revive to a Sun EZ-1?
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Transporting a Revive, or any bent except tandems

I have simple plans that work with any bent except tandems. You must have a trailer hitch with 1 1/4 or 2 inch receiver, although I made mine work with my Jaguar X-Type. Can cary up to 3 bents 3 bikes or a trike. E-mail me at :rwasserman10@comcast.net for line drawing plans. Rack is made from 1 1/4 perforated square tube, Yakima wheel trays and straps and Yakima Anklebiters, or fork clamps. Some metalworking skills such as cutting, bolting required, welding/brazing a plus.

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How about a picture with somebody actually on the bike?

I smell the return of Mooky the troll and his big yellow flag...
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Giant Revive

I just bought a Cadillac AV-8 for my wife. It's a nice bike for an upright, but had I spotted the Giant Revive beforehand, I think I would have gone for it instead. The AV-8 is going for US$299 these days. I think the "crank forward" type bikes are a great idea. They help people realize that bicycles can be other than simple DF. For a lot of folks the CF bikes will be all they need and want, for others they will probably be the first step towards a full bent.

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Just got of the phone with Giant (Calif). They make a bike rack for the Revive. ( it is just a little bigger then the traditional ones)

I'm thinking you could put the Revive on the hitch racks that the bike sits in like bus racks. Those would still allow you to use your car trunk. What's the wheelbase on your Revive?

http://www.thuleracks.com/thule/prod...t_id=8&sku=917


http://www.yakima.com/Product.aspx?id=29
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