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!