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Old 09-16-08, 09:11 PM   #1
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Price check - Rans recumbent

I have a line on a Rans Stratus LE with a 1-year-old new-model seat. The Stratus is a 2005 or 2006 model. Mileage around 1000 I would guess. Seller wants $600. Is this a good price? I have searched around on the web, but I am new to the whole used bike thing, let alone recumbent models. I asked the seller if he was firm on the price. He said make an offer.

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Old 09-17-08, 05:00 AM   #2
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$600?

my unqualified response would be yes. There will always be a market for that bike and if you decide you don't want to keep it, you could sell it next season and not lose much.

Go for it
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my unqualified response would be yes. There will always be a market for that bike and if you decide you don't want to keep it, you could sell it next season for more than you paid.

Go for it
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Unless the bike is damaged, this is a good enough price that if you decide you are not interested you could likely change a small finder's fee to a buyer.
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truth be known, I looked to see where ratas calientes was located because that is a good deal for the bike and if he didn't want it I might look at it. I don't need another bike but then my wife said that I didn't need the 2nd or 3rd ones, either.
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Old 09-17-08, 05:39 PM   #6
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I just bought a Stratus...straight from the factory in Hays, I live close, and as others have said, unless there is something you can not see, that price is fantastic, or at least good.
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Thanks for the input. I have bicycle commuted on and off to work since '85. First 15 years on an upright touring bike. Lately I use a mountain bike. For health and comfort reasons, I have started looking into recumbents. The seller loaned me this bike, and I was able to ride it to work and back today. I am still learning how to handle the silly thing. It still feels very twitchy, something that I suspect will get better as I ride it more. I will most likely purchase this bike, and work it into my commuting routine.
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I paid about $1200, then another $400 for fenders, racks, and a fairing, in 2003 for my Rans Stratus. I now have over 9000 miles on it. Any recumbant takes a bit of riding to get used to, but now I really like it. I've avoided a number of potential accidents simply because I was better able to keep an eye on the road ahead and around me (with two mirrors). Go for it.

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Great price-great bike. IF everything is OK with the bike, love mine
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Make an offer or take it at $600. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. It is a very reasonable price for a great bike. You can negotiate the price if it lacks a fairing or other accessories. The stratus loves a fairing. I note a Tour Easy on Ebay for $699 which is also a good buy. The important think is that the bike frame is the right size for you. Most newbies do not know that there are several bike frame sizes. Easy Racers come in 7 or 8 sizes. I think the Rans has less. Check the Rans web site.
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Owner took $550 for the bike. I rode it to work today. Very enjoyable. I also ordered a front rack so I can keep using my panniers, and get some weight off of the rear wheel.

Thanks so much for the advice.
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Old 09-20-08, 07:23 AM   #12
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Glad you are enjoying, continue to enjoy the easy ride. I call my recumbents my Lounge Chair on wheels.
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