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Old 06-09-08, 12:22 AM   #1
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Would you pay 200 bucks for this?

I found this on craigslist, which looks to be a DIY recumbent for 200 bucks. Should I jump on this opportunity to get a bent for cheap, or stay away from this thing?



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Old 06-09-08, 05:12 AM   #2
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I'd pass. Way too short and with the rider right over the front wheel. Obviously not thunk through before building. Hit the brakes and it'll do an endo.
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Old 06-09-08, 07:58 AM   #3
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It's not a homemade bike!(took some research to find out it's a Hypercycle )with Wheelsnith rims. If you google Hypercycle you'll see it explained with pictures.It isn't easy for me to ride because its such a short wheel base.
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I recognized the similarity, but didn't realize it was the real thing! Hypercycles were the first attempt at the 'modern era' recumbent. Generally regarded as poor-handling. I can see why! I don't even know if it's worth $200 as a collector's item.
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I think it'd be worth that just in the parts.
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I think it'd be worth that just in the parts.
Depends on if they're the original, 20-year-old parts, 27 inch rear wheel, etc. I can get parts of that vintage by buying a garage sale bike for $25.
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I found this on craigslist, which looks to be a DIY recumbent for 200 bucks. Should I jump on this opportunity to get a bent for cheap, or stay away from this thing?



Well, I wouldn't pay $200 for it, but I'd ride it once around the parking lot if you paid ME $200. It just looks plain SCARY, with that mega-short wheelbase and forward seat position.

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... which looks to be a DIY recumbent for 200 bucks.
It may look like a recumbent, but it's not. It's actually a unicycle with a circular rudder.
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The beauty of this country is we are each allowed our opinion. Thanks for yours!
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I bought one for $20 bucks at a tag sale, at $200 its over priced. The parts its built up with (If there origanal) were steel rims, and old 6 speed freewheel, and poor brakes at best. But for 20 bucks I thought it would be fun to have around so I picked it up. maybe worth $200 if your a collector, but not as a everyday ride.


It was in the bike shop when we had the fire... and they looked at it and said,"Recumbent..those are expensive, $500 ok" Yea well...they offered first.
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That's not as scary looking as this
http://miami.craigslist.org/brw/bik/753177611.html
>>>>>>>Recumbant handmade carbon fiber<<<<<& - $100 (Pompano Bch)

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Date: 2008-07-13, 11:25AM EDT


What you see is what you get! Handmade carbon fiber frame ... complete EXCEPT for back tire/rim & rear sprockets. 27" rim (???) needed, seat & neck adjustable ... built for land speed record! Body has been tossed out, sadly.
Bucket shown here can be included for full price!
>>>>>>> AS-IS <<<<<< I love the "land speed record" line
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That's an expensive bucket.

I'll pass
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The Hypercycle is taken. Thanks!
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homebuilt accident waiting to happen

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I found this on craigslist, which looks to be a DIY recumbent for 200 bucks. Should I jump on this opportunity to get a bent for cheap, or stay away from this thing?



If anyone sees something like this and is considering it, IMHO the only "Safe" way to ride this would be with a large cinderblock mounted over the rear wheel
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If anyone sees something like this and is considering it, IMHO the only "Safe" way to ride this would be with a large cinderblock mounted over the rear wheel
I apologize if I'm missing your point, but that sounds like something early car trippers tried, with disastrous results. They attached logs to the back of the car to stabilize it for mountain driving; unfortunately, when the hit an outside turn, the weight pulled them off the road and down the mountain. Don't know if anyone lived through it.
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