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Old 03-15-07, 11:02 PM   #1
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please name some good and some cheap but good dual 26" wheeled recumbent frames.

also, do these big wheeled bikes suffer from the leg suck problem? it looks as though one's toe might drag a bit should a foot drop, but it doesn't look like there'd be a high risk of leg injury. am i wrong for thinking this?
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I'm more familiar with leg suck on a trike where the frame is a few inches off the ground and it is easy to get your leg caught between the frame and the ground if your feet come off the pedals. I also ride a Linear LWB and an Haluzak Horizon SWB in addition to a trike and can't imagine even the possibility of getting my leg caught by anything, even the USS handlebars. Hitting my heel against the front wheel on a turn is a different matter but that soon becomes second nature to avoid with even a few miles under your belt.
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also, do these big wheeled bikes suffer from the leg suck problem? it looks as though one's toe might drag a bit should a foot drop, but it doesn't look like there'd be a high risk of leg injury. am i wrong for thinking this?
Do you want complete bikes or just frames that you can build up?

If we are talking bikes I can suggest Volae or Bacchetta - they are both good, but not cheap.

Rans has some dual 26" models although I am not very familiar with them - Rans does have a good rep for quality though.

You can check out actionbent they have inexpensive bents - they may have a dual 26" model - not sure and I have no idea what the performance/quality would be like.
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There is a propensity for heel strike on the front wheel in slow speed turns, ie within or slightly larger radius than half of 2 lane road. Leg suck with a 26" wheel is relatively unlikely as the distance to the
ground is large enough that most riders would arrest the leg before it hit the ground. Others have
different opinions, but I feel a dual 26" is intended for riders at least 68" tall. Shorter riders can ride
one but have to shift the body forward in the seat or tippy toe to reach the ground.
Not exactly cheap but www.carbent.com has interesting dual 26".
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Do you want complete bikes or just frames that you can build up?
frames i can build up. i figure my mtb already holds all the needed parts.
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frames i can build up. i figure my mtb already holds all the needed parts.
Volae will sell just frames, but new frames cost a large portion of what the whole bike is sold for. If you have existing parts maybe buy a used bent and use to parts to replace worn out parts. Also check out Cruzbike kits and make your own bent.
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what's the point in front wheel drive? (i mean for real... not for advertising)
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For the Cruzbike it makes for a relatively easy kit most people can put together. For other designs it allows you to simplify the bike making it a bit lighter, you can place the seat where you like without worrying about the chainline and often the bike comes apart for travel.

A FWD would not be my first choice, but then again I have never tried one.
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