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Old 11-06-06, 05:34 AM   #1
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bent choice from out of business companies?

Hi all,
I am still on the trail of a used recumbent and appreciate advice given thus far. I am a newbie on bents, and trying to gather info. to make a reasonably intelligent decision. I am leaning towards used bents due to cost factors. I am also a big guy and need something durable. It has been mentioned that there are some frame/component issues with lower end bikes. I would think my size would exacerbate the problem.

I have just stumbled across some used bents and would like your consensus on quality and longevity. One is a Vision R40, and another a Burley. It is my understanding that Vision is out of business and there are rumors about Burley too. First, are these decent quality bikes? Second, what is their history of reliability (again, frame issues?). Lastly, would you recommend dealing with used bikes that do not or may not have support systems? Other than frames, is most everything else generic?
Looks like prices are in the 500.00 range.

I greatly appreciate your patience and the time you folks take with us new guys. Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-06-06, 06:26 AM   #2
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A friend fo mine has a Vision and I have a Burley. Both are great bikes. My Burley has all standard parts so other than the frame, can be serviced any where. The frame being steel probably won't require anything, and could be repaired by anyone with a Tig welder if it ever needed anything.
I think the Vision has all standard bike parts, too. I'm not sure if the frame is aluminum or steel.
I think that the now defunct BikeE has some proprietary parts which could be difficult to find.

But I wouldn't be afraid of a Burley or Vision. Both great bikes, IMO!
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Old 11-06-06, 06:42 AM   #3
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Some of the higher-end Visions were aluminum, but the R40 is steel. As far as Burley goes, they are not building recumbents (for now...) but they're still in business.

Just because a bike is out of production doesn't make it worthless. Vision and Bike-E have both held their values well over the years. The Trek R200t lost a good bit of its value as soon as Trek dropped it, but then IMHO that reflected the true value rather than the inflated price that Trek charged for new ones.
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Old 11-06-06, 07:47 AM   #4
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OK, that helps. What about some of the frame construction. At 275, I am concerned about frame failures. Some of the recumbent frames "look" quite flimsy. Some are beefier. Any clydes out there that have had good/bad experience. When you are my size, things have a habit of breaking. Of course, I do not plan staying this size, but in the interim........
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some recumbents have factory-specified maximum weight limits listed in their specs.
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I have a Vision R40 short wheel base with over seat steering. I've had it for about 5 years now. I love it. A very durable bike. I am on the large side too, 290 lbs.

If you can find one buy it. It will make a great bike.

Some people may warn you about buying a bike when the company has gone out of business because fo part replacement part availability. Don't sweat it. You can still get the recumbent specific parts for the Vision. The Hostel Shoppe, http://www.hostelshoppe.com/ either has them, can have them made or can get them for you. the other parts are standard that can be found on any road bike.

My advice is if you can find a Vision, purchase it.
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The bicycle/recumbent business is different from most others in that with the exception of the frame, most parts are relatively generic. If you buy a bike that is no longer produced you will be able to buy parts for it for the most part. The only acception I have found is in DF bikes. Specificly older french made Motobecanes. The used some off beat bottom bracket threads for instance. But for the most part, replacement parts aren't relly a big deal. Take a Park tool class at your local bike shop. These are geared towards road bikes, but in cycling like fried chicken, parts is parts, at least to a certain extent. They all use bottom brackets, cranksets, head sets, cantleiver brakes etc.
Its more important that you ride the bike in question and make sure it's right for you. If its a smokin' deal but it doesen't fit you, is it???? Have fun

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I think that the now defunct BikeE has some proprietary parts which could be difficult to find.
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I bought a used Bike E this summer. Before doing so, I asked our local Recumbent Bicycles shop, and they said the parts are standard, and they can work on it. It does have an internal hub in the rear, but they didn't seem to think that wouldn't be hard to find.
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Look at EZ Sports too. I've seen used prices on the aluminum one in the 550-600 range. A sturdy, very co9mfortable bike that has decent equipment. I was 285 lbs when I started and it held up to thqt just fine.
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