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Old 01-07-02, 08:37 PM   #1
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I've Seen The Light !!

I just test rode my first recumbent (BikeE AT Version) and have fallen in love. That bent has completely changed my mind about cycling forever. I have been using folding bikes for years thinking they were the greatest thing in the world. I was wrong. Iím glad I discovered this forum since I never would have bothered to even look at recumbents if it werenít for these postings. As a result, I have decided to sell ALL of my folding bikes in the summer except one since Iíll need it for commuting purposes. In place of all my folders will be a brand new Bike E.

I have noticed that my exercise induced asthma is getting worse as I get older. From what I understand, a straight upright diamond frame bike only allows you to use about 60 to 70
percent of your lung capacity since the rider is bent over. As a result, I often find myself gasping for air after only 15 blocks and making frequent breaks to recover if Iím in a headwind.

The Bike E has changed all of that. The seating position allows me to use all of my lung capacity giving me the ability to ride for hours even with my condition.. I donít understand why no recumbent dealer or anyone for that matter makes a point of this incredible benefit. We often hear the benefits of recumbents for individuals suffering from arthritis or back problems but never for asthmatics. I wonder why?

Yesterday I test rode a Bike E in Manhattan and rode it for over 60 blocks. I was concerned at first since the Bike E is heavy and the weight might have made my condition worse. Boy was I wrong. I was barely out of breath and most of it was in a headwind! On my folder (Brompton) I would have been exhausted to no end. I can no longer ignore the fact that age has finally caught up on me and itís time to change strategy. As I returned to deliver my rented Bike E I spotted an older gentlemen riding a small folding bike struggling big time on a 3 speed. I couldnít help but feel sorry for him as I passed him in pure comfort. Iíve come the conclusion that itís time to change.
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Old 01-07-02, 09:47 PM   #2
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good luck and enjoy the ride
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Old 01-08-02, 08:24 AM   #3
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I am envious. I want one too! Waaahhhh!

The only recumbent dealer in town carries BikeE, so if I were to buy one, it would be that. Someday, I tell you, someday...
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