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Old 05-20-08, 05:50 PM   #1
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Don't own a bike of any kind

Hi, My handle is Mudd. I'm here because I have a desire to get healthier and have fun doing it. I stumbled across recumbent bicycles a few months ago here on my computer. I decided I'd check out my part of the country to see what would be available. Much to my surprise..not much of anything. I did a lot of calling around and finally found a used bike(way out of my budget) but I went there for a test ride anyway. I was very impressed with the bike.
I had to put it all out of my mind($) but my health issues have brought me back. I just have to figure out a way to put myself on one of those as frequently as possible.
Any suggestions? Thank you in advance!
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Old 05-20-08, 05:56 PM   #2
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Would you consider buying a used upright bike and getting some riding in while you search for a recumbent? Then you might not be in as much of a rush to buy a bent - you could take your time and find one you really like.
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Old 05-20-08, 06:04 PM   #3
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Any suggestions? Thank you in advance!
Keep an eye on the Bentrider Online classifieds on their message board and the local craigslists. Also, Sun lists a ton of recumbent dealers in Missouri on their website.

http://www.sunbicycles.com/sun/index.html - go to 'about', then dealers, etc.
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Old 05-20-08, 06:39 PM   #4
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Some of my health problems are back related so a regular bike isn't an option. Unfortunately when my nephew was doing some scrapping I gave him 2 or 3 mountain bikes that had been sitting out for such a long time I didn't think they were good for much else. Had I known about "bents" back then I might have tried building one out of them.
Thanks for reading.
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Old 05-20-08, 09:26 PM   #5
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St. Louis is very bent friendly. A bit out of your way but it'll do.
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My back related problems forced me into a bent, although I have to admit that if I could get a back transplant tomorrow, I'd still go bent. The only exception might be off road mountain biking, but in my opinion recumbents have far too many health and comfort benefits to force me back to uprights.
Entry level bents are higher priced that entry level uprights, but you can at last emotionally justify their costs to yourself and definitely to your spouse on their health benefits.
I've been in the medical field all my life, and looking at back probelsm as objectively as I can, I firmly believe that at least for me a recumbent bike is the ONLY thing that has helped my back troubles, and I've tried everything and then some - various drugs, massage therapy, chiropractic manipulation, physiotherapy, accupuncture, hypnosis, surgery X 2 including a fusion, epidural steroid injections, bottles of health food supplements that supposedly help back troubles, swimming, and probably a bunch of other stuff that I'm forgetting about. iIwas telling my accountant that at tax time and he said that if it was that good I should get my doctor to write a prescription for a recumbent bike and put it in as a medical expense! He was serious and thought that in the worst possible scenario they could disallow it, but with as powerful an argument that I seemed to have he thought they might consider it legitimate.
I didn't write it off, but now that spring is here and I can get back on it and feel so good with it with medical costs for NSAID's and epidural steroids plummeting becasue of bent riding, maybe he is correct in that it would be a very legitimate expense.
Not that I'm trying to give you tax advice, but the fact that I suspect it would be great for any back problems you might have would make me think that if you try one you will see what I mean about justifying the expense.
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If you are at all good at welding and metalwork, you might want to look over at atomiczombie.com; they have some plans for recumbents.
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