Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Bismarck, ND
Bikes: Modified Burley Koosah, Trek Navigater folding, downtube folding
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Test ride as many as possible. I don't know where you live but up here in ND I think I had the first bent in our city of 100,000 people! I bought it on impulse when I saw it at a year end sale while pushing my walker trying to recover from extensive back surgery and a stroke! I knew absolutely nothing about the various types of recumbent bikes, only that my brother in law told me that I should try one because he felt it might work out! Heck, I hadn't ridden ANY bike for 55 years or so so I wasn't even a wannabee!
The bike sat in my garage for a month without me even test riding it ONCE, and I kept trying to ask myself why I bought that darned thing anyway! To make a long story short I started riding it and 8 - 10 thousand miles later I can't do without it! It's been the best thing that ever happened to me, second only to my wonderful wife and kids, and grandkids! Hah! I have a faster bike than that original one now, but I still ride the original bike, a Burley with most of the components replaced and upgraded over the years. I rode it last night - just like meeting up with an old friend again!
So try 'em, and if you find you bought one that you don't like too much, you can usually get most of your money out of it, unlike a big gas guzzler SUV! Ha! Then turn around and try another one! Another bent that is, not SUV!!
In my opinion the long wheelbase recumbents are easiest to start with, as the learning curve is practically zilch! The short wheelbase ones are a bit more difficult to master, but still not all that hard. Trikes are pretty easy (sorry trike owners) - heck, most bents are fairly straight forward to learn to ride, and ALL of them are loads of fun!
Entry level bents are a bit more expensive than entry level uprights, but resale values are better, too.
just hop on one and have fun!
Last edited by bobkat; 05-29-08 at 05:13 PM.