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    new low racer owner

    Just got it tonight.
    WOW what fun,it felt like i was going 60 mph.
    Was everyone all over the road at first?
    Seems as if starting is the tricky part.
    What a rush.
    Any tips that will help?
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    The all over the road bit is pretty standard for new bent riders, and resolves progressively
    when rider mileage exceeds 100mi. On my first rides a side to side wobble of 3-5' was
    pretty much SOP. Starting is a challenge, but once you get the trick of immediately
    downshifting the gears on stopping this should lessen the problem. I used BMX pedals
    for about 200mi so that the hassle of clipping in would not add an additional problem.
    Don't grip the bars tightly, the more relaxed you are the easier it is to ride.
    Last edited by sch; 08-14-07 at 11:50 PM.

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    sch is correct. Wonder what type of lowracer you got??

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    hey bri...im new to bents too and the first few times out i was all wobbly but after a handle bar adjustment most of it went away.......and each time ya go out it gets easier.........the hard part for me is gettin my lags back in shape....lol

    and im also havin alot of fun.........esp the turns

    i built mine tho........im gunna have to hit the lbs and test ride some low racers

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    It took 6 months to get completely comfortable with mine, and at a year I was exponentially faster than I was at the start. Now I destroy everything on the road. Enjoy the ride!

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    LOL, when I first started 7 weeks ago, I gripped the handlebars so tight I pulled the rubber things off!
    Every bike lane I went on seemed way too narrow. I had a problem doing a u-turn on a city street.

    Now, a thousand miles later, all that is a distant memory, and the same will happen to you. Just get out there and ride, ride, ride. And every time a DF'er passes you on a hill, think how much your butt, back, and neck are thanking you.

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    I have to say my Fujin was one of the easiest bents to jump on and ride. My very first ride was 100kms and I was shooting video while riding one handed no problems. My bike has an open cockpit which feels a lot more stable than hamster bars.

    Congrats on your new bike - what kind did you get?
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    http://www.wisil.recumbents.com/wisi.../alley_cat.htm

    Thats what i picked up traded a guy for a telescope. Some in the chicagoland area might know the bike. If you let me know if i got a good deal....
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    is it homebuilt??..............looks like its fast

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    Yea the guy built it himself i thought that was pretty cool. Now it has me thinking. Do people still build em ar are they mostly bought now?

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    i just built one over the last week................just re-adjusted the seat again...........look at the thread "im building an atomblaster"

    they also sell kits to transform a reg bike into a bent............but not a low racer like that

    mine is also front wheel drive where the pedals move with the front wheel............less chain to deal with..........but i plan on makin one similar to yours

    i think he did a good job

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    Yea i was checking out that thread what kind of welder did you get will something cheap (110v) from sears work, or is something more heavy duty required?

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    and thats for that page......lots of good info

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    oh i used a cheap ( $250 ....lol ) wire feed welder on it from home depot.....110v.........works good enuff for the thicker stuff and light enuff to not blow the thin tube metal away

    id suggest a lincoln over a campbell housefeld ( spelling?? )...........ive used them both and the licoln works a lot better

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    or you can braze it........spelling again??...............with a torch but i dont know how to do that

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    Quote Originally Posted by aikigreg View Post
    It took 6 months to get completely comfortable with mine, and at a year I was exponentially faster than I was at the start. Now I destroy everything on the road. Enjoy the ride!

    with exception of a nocom................nah nah.............
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    Quote Originally Posted by lowracer1 View Post
    with exception of a nocom................nah nah.............

    Ahh, I see the servant waits, while the Master Baits! (ha ha!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by lowracer1 View Post
    with exception of a nocom................nah nah.............
    In the presence of a NoCom, I just let the air out of my tires, lay the bike down and whimper like a child until they leave in disgust.
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    In the presence of a NoCom, ...
    NoCom???

    please enlighten my ignorant self.

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    Here's Lowracer1 with his Nocom



    BTW, nice time on the Black Bear!

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    Dang, Chris - I forgot how ugly you were! Good thinkg that sexy bike makes up for it!

    BTW - I had a pair of those shorts ulti I crashed a couple months ago. Even at a low speed, those things shredded and rolled up my thigh, exposing a LOT more backside to the pavement than should have been. Spent the last 5 miles mooning the general population:


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    Quote Originally Posted by aikigreg View Post
    Dang, Chris - I forgot how ugly you were! Good thinkg that sexy bike makes up for it!

    BTW - I had a pair of those shorts ulti I crashed a couple months ago. Even at a low speed, those things shredded and rolled up my thigh, exposing a LOT more backside to the pavement than should have been. Spent the last 5 miles mooning the general population:


    Ouch!.....
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    One of my favorite NoCom pics:

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    Here's Lowracer1 with his Nocom
    Fair warning to photo posters: I'm an incorrigible stealer of lowracer pictures on the net.
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    I wonder whose nocom that other one is with the superwoman bars. It can't be Alans. Haven't seen that one yet.
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