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    New To the World of Bents...

    Well I actually started riding a year and a half ago with my good friend Wonkemtel. I have a Trek 7300 and enjoy it, but am looking into the Recumbent thing. Wonk just purchased a WW Zoomer Elite and I rode that yesterday. Lots of fun, but did have some concerns with my leg length and width compared to the bike. I kept hitting my leg on the shifters and handles...

    Well I have been playing with the idea for some time, but funding a new bike is a little complicated at this point. I went to the shop with Wonkemtel on Saturday to get his Trike and while he got all geared up I rode a few different styles of bikes.

    Long Wheel Base 2 Wheeled Recumbent. The ride was SUPER smooth and it actually handled better then I thought it would. The seat was really comfortable and it was simple to ride. The owners wife was actually surprised how quick I picked up riding a 2 wheeled recumbent. This bike would be amazing on long rides, but not sure about riding somewhere like the local state park. More practice taking turns and hills would be required.

    Short Wheel Base 2 Wheeled Recumbent OVER the seat steering. - This bike was not much harder to ride, but the seat and handle bar configuration made it uncomfortable. I kept hitting my knees on the handlebars. I would not recommend this config to someone my height... I would need to try an Under the Seat Handlebar config to be sure. (Bacchetta Giro 20)

    Wiz Wheels Terra Trike Tour - This was my first ride on a trike and it was a blast. The width was nice and the steering was simple. My only issue was that the bike was not quite the right fit for me so pedaling was difficult. I would have to try riding with the proper seating arrangement. Balance was great and it was quick.

    So now the big question for me is how do I get into riding a recumbent without dropping a ton of cash on a new style of bike. One day I want to spend the money, but now with not being completely certain which styles I would like I am not willing to take a big risk. Plus I think the wife would kill me if I even thought about buying a $2000.00 bike at this point. I prefer to start small and work my way into the knowledge and then get what I know I want...

    I have seen recumbents ranging from $700-WAY TOO MUCH and am wondering if there is a good "Entry Level" bike...

    I ride 90% Crushed Gravel/Limestone and Pavement.
    I ride for exercise and recreation, but would like to touring at some point.
    Longest single day ride has been 65 Miles... (Trained for a Century, but fell and broke elbow a few weeks before the ride)
    I am 6'3" with a long torso...

    Any information would be a step up from my current knowledge. I have been hitting tons of websites and looking at things from every angle.

    Thanks

    DD

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    el padre
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    You are starting on the right track with the websites, and looking. I was lucky when I first started the 'bent' way cause I found a LWB for $250 used. It had a crack in the frame so I had to weld that. Bents are around more now so there are some possibilities that there might be even ads in the paper. Ya just gotta keep your eyes open.
    Maybe one of the more knowledgable ones here will give you some more,,,and better,,, options.
    peace

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    Go to Bentrideronline.com and read all about them.
    I ride to coast !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bentnail
    Go to Bentrideronline.com and read all about them.
    Check out the classified section - you can get screaming deals on slightly used bents.
    safe riding - Vik
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    One point: A trike is not a bike.

    Bentrideronline. Go there. Most everything you need to know about 'bents can be found there or linked to it.

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    6'6", 49" X-seam here. My beautiful powder-coated red LWB was custom made for me by Denny LaDue of "LaBent by LaDue" fame. It's the cadillac of bikes in my opinion. And I love that the seat is only 15" above ground. It's similar in design to the groundhugger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM
    One point: A trike is not a bike.
    Huh? Sure one has two wheels and one three. Other than that I'm not sure of the difference. Two wheeled bents are fine if that's what you like, but trikes ROCK!
    "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits."
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    It sounds like the SWB was not set up for you to ride. If your knees are hitting, then the bars need to be adjusted. With a taller rider, that could mean changing to a longer stem.
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    rebmeM roineS JanMM's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by megaman
    Huh? Sure one has two wheels and one three. Other than that I'm not sure of the difference. Two wheeled bents are fine if that's what you like, but trikes ROCK!
    Not saying that trikes are not interesting or fun. But, Darth-Daddy lists recumbent trikes as a style of bike. A recumbent [noun] can have 2 or 3 wheels but a bicycle always has only 2 wheels.

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    Yes a Bicycle has 2 wheels and a Tricycle has 3... A Bike is Not a Trike... Sorry I used the term BIKE in a very generic sense.

    Thanks to the Dictionary... Hmmm Seems the dictionary needs some CYCLE updates...

    Bicycle - noun
    1.a vehicle with two wheels in tandem, usually propelled by pedals connected to the rear wheel by a chain, and having handlebars for steering and a saddlelike seat.

    Tricycle - noun
    1.a vehicle, esp. one for children, having one large front wheel and two small rear wheels, propelled by foot pedals. (Hmmm.... They nned to see my friends Trike... A bit different then that)

    No matter what you call them I have looked at 2 and 3 wheeled recumbents.... Still trying to find my way...

    I just found out a neighbor has a LWB and is close to my height... Going to have to get a chance to look at it...

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    It's all cycling. It's all good.

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    One point: A trike is not a bike.

    As far as vehicle code goes, bikes and trikes are usually lumped together. But yes, it's usually a good idea to specify which one you're talking about when in this forum.

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