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Old 06-15-08, 12:53 PM   #1
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Newbie.... hello.

Hi all, I'm new to recumbents, and re-new to bicycling, having hung up my pedals (as it were) in 1984 or so.

Yesterday I went to Woodland Park, Colorado and met Kelvin, the owner of Angletech bicycles. He insisted that I attend a 2 hour orientation, which I was reluctant to do. He told me when I arrived to hang up my pre conceived notions about what I think I want, and be open to the experience of riding a recumbent. My impression was one of greatest confidence in Kelvin, and gratitude for the opportunity to ride all of his bikes before having to make a choice. His is a real service, I think. Heck, the other guy on the 2 hour orientation crashed a very expensive demonstrator, and Kelvin seemed only concerned with whether the guy was alright. (Me? I was hoping the bike wasn't wrecked!)

He was right about pre-conceived notions falling away!

I thought I wanted a tadpole, and I rode several really good quality rides. I ultimately chose a SWB Becchetta (?sic?) 2 wheeler, which hopefully I'll be picking up this week.

I must say that riding a recumbent is a whole lot more comfortable than my old 2 wheelers (Wedgies).

Anyways, I am glad I found this forum, as I learn a bit from reading what you all contribute.

Thanks.
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Old 06-15-08, 03:28 PM   #2
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Welcome Stubbicatt.........Sounds like you are on your way to some exciting and above that comfortable and enjoyable rides. Glad you found a good LBS to get you started on the right foot...pun intended. I own both short and long wheel base bents but am thinking about making or buying a trike....after I buy another long wheel base.
There are a lot of people who say bents are more comfortable than the 'wedgies'. Again welcome and enjoy this place.
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Old 06-15-08, 08:36 PM   #3
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Nice choice of bikes! I doubt you'll regret it, and you picked a great guy to work with.
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Old 06-16-08, 08:45 PM   #4
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Welcome and get ready to have tons of fun on your recumbent
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Old 06-17-08, 02:47 PM   #5
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Welcome to the forums and to bent riding. I also have the SWB Giro 20 and ride it every workday as my regular commuter. I'm sure you'll love it.
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Old 06-17-08, 05:59 PM   #6
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Welcome.

Also go to bentrideronline.com Its a very large message board devoted to recumbents and to a lessor degree , trikes.
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Old 06-18-08, 05:14 AM   #7
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Benrideronline dot com. Well OK then.
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Old 06-18-08, 07:46 AM   #8
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Benrideronline dot com. Well OK then.
Don't forget the "t" in bentrideronline.
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Old 06-18-08, 12:38 PM   #9
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and don't forget to come back here too for some conversation.........
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Old 06-18-08, 07:56 PM   #10
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Old 06-19-08, 09:07 AM   #11
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Welcome Stubbicatt. I'd heard good things about angletech and this confirms them. What kind of Bacchetta did you get?
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