Originally Posted by UtahWasatch
Thinking about using this (VRex) as a "cross trainer" for days when not on road bike.
For me, the VRex was an ideal intro to 'bents: user-friendly, and a good performer as well. Probably one of the most underrated bikes out there.
Just be careful. I intended use the 'bent as a "cross trainer" last fall when I borrowed a VRex from a friend. I ended up buying it from him, and haven't ridden a df in 8 months now. In fact, I really don't have any desire to ride one at all. And contrary to some folks' perceptions of such things, my switch to 'bents is not at all related to a decrease in the "seriousness" of my cycling: my to-do list for this season includes two full Super Randonneur series, and the Rocky Mountain 1200 grand randonnee. I should end up with around 5000k just in sanctioned rides this year.
But be prepared to be scorned by the fair weather racer-boy/poseur set. Riding a 'bent obviously puts you well below their exalted position in the universe. Funny thing is, those who are serious enough about their cycling to be out on the roads year round, wearing THEIR team kit (instead of the full euro-pro garb and matching bike) are far more accepting of anybody who's also out riding regardless of their choice of platform. Go figger....