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    RAGBRAI. Need I say more? Steele-Bike's Avatar
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    Best sub $1000 recumbent?

    What sub $1000 recumbents are worthy of purchase?

    When (and if my GF lets me) I buy one, I would like to spend less than $1000. Most of the riding would be done in-town, with a smattering of tours. I would prefer a long wheel base, but I am open to all suggestions.

    BikeE is the only recumbent sold in town, so that limits me to test riding the BikeE CT. This is why I desire a vast array of suggestions.

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    Amendment: The BikeE is a compact long wheel base.

    The bikes that I am familiar with include the RANS Tailwind/Wave and the above mentioned BikeE CT.

    Since short wheel based models handle better, would they be a better choice for in-town commuting? But then, would the SWB limit me on a tour?

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    Hi steel-bike,
    I currently ride a rans wave and i find it quite reasonable for urban commuting. The only real downside is the length, that is if you plan on storing it inside your workplace somewhere. I think the rans rocket would be an excellent choice for urban commuting, a swb that fits in elevators easily, handles well and is a great all-round bike that people use for all sorts of things besides commuting. The rocket would be my first choice of recumbent if i had to do it all over again, and to this day i still think of buying one. The price of the rocket is still under $1ooo, i believe, so it is a great value.
    Anyway good luck with the girlfriend and getting the bike,whichever one you get i think you'll be happy with a recumbent.
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    "What sub $1000 recumbents are worthy of purchase"

    If you have about $1000 forget the CT and get the Bike E AT. It's a much better ride with suspension.


    1. Huffy makes an recumbent that costs less than $500 dollars but I have not been able to test it or locate the bike anywhere.

    2. Easy Racers has the EZ1 at $529.00
    www.easyracers.com

    3. TRICK from Human Powered Machines.
    Bikes start at $850.00
    http://www.efn.org/~cat/hpm.html

    4. Lightening Thunderbolt
    Bikes start at $850.00
    http://www.lightningbikes.com/

    5. Backsafer
    Bikes start at $699.00
    http://www.bikeroute.com/Backsafer/

    You may have to call them.


    When (and if my GF lets me) I buy one, I would like to spend less than $1000. Most of the riding would be done in-town, with a smattering of tours. I would prefer a long wheel base, but I am open to all suggestions.

    BikeE is the only recumbent sold in town, so that limits me to test riding the BikeE CT. This is why I desire a vast array of suggestions.

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    I hope I don't offend anyone when I say this, but I've got to let you know, since I myself owned a Bike E CT, and put a good 200-300 miles on it. Comfortable -- absolutely, cheap -- you bet, but if there is one word that best describes the CT, it would be "slow". I sold mine to Mom, who's too scared to ride fast anyway. Since the AT is around a thousand dollars, you are already in the price range for a much better bike, so unless you have to have rear suspension, don't do it! The Rans Wave which goes for $800 (just $200 more than the CT) will out-perform any Bike E out there -- I believe even their top-of-the-line model (and yes, I've ridden all the bikes I'm mentioning). For $1000 you can get the Rans Tailwind (lwb) or the Rans Rocket (swb). For $1050 (I think that's right) you can get the Vision R-40 (swb) if you like a 26" rear wheel. Stay away from the gears-in-the-hub bikes if you can, they're just not as efficient as a triple chainring. If I had it to do over again, I would have put the $600 that I paid for the CT toward one of the above mentioned bikes. But I got a little bit out of it when I sold it and am now saving -- I'll get there!
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    1. "CT, it would be "slow". I sold mine to Mom, who's too scared to ride fast anyway. Since the AT is around a thousand dollars, you are already in the price range for a much better bike, so unless you have to have rear suspension, don't do it! "

    Can you tell me what kind tires you had on it? Most BikeE's come with standard Kendra's at 40-60 P.S.I. You will almost certainly go slower than the Rans Wave/Tailwind with Primos at 100 P.S.I. If you change the tires of the CT to the Primos at 100 P.S.I., the BikeE goes almost as fast as the Tailwind. The difference is hardly noticeable. There's one thing I didn't like about the Tailwind and that was the flexing handlebar. You had to stear with the atmost care or the front wheel was everywhere.

    "The Rans Wave which goes for $800 (just $200 more than the CT) will out-perform any Bike E out there. I believe even their top-of-the-line model"

    Only if you leave the Bike E with those thick tires at 40 P.S.I. I rode the top of the line BikeE FX and it was faster than the Tailwind. The BikeE FX that I rode on was lighter since it did't have that huge Sweet Seat and was using Primos.


    "For almost the same price you can get The Rans Rocket"

    Now here is something we both agree on. I love the Rans Rocket. It's better then the Tailwind and the Bike E CT. But lets face the facts. The author of this thread wants to commute on a recumbent. Do you really think it's a wise decision to use a BEAUTIFUL bike like the Rocket to commute on? The Rocket is too expensive and would draw thieves like flies to honey. I think if your going to commute on a bent, it should be a cheap one unless you can bring it inside.

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    Well, i would have to say that the best suggestion I can give you is to find where the largest nearby recumbent dealer is, make a day of it, and go there.

    I don't think that their is much point in telling you what I would think is a good bike because to tell you the truth, every recumbent rides completly different. What may be the best ride to me, may be absolutely horrible to you.

    The bikes mentioned above do make up most of the large manufacturer, sub- $1000 dollar recumbent line up, but they are all extremely different bikes, and only you can tell which one is good for you. So go and have many test rides.

    As to the many things that ride for jesus said, I ride a Bike E CT (it was all i can afford at this stage in my life) and for sure, their are nicer faster recumbents out their, but to tell you the truth, speed mainly relies on the engine. My boss rides a fully decked out Gold Rush with a fairing HED wheels and all the extras, and I can still more than hold my pace with him because I ride a lot more than he does. (p.s. since when did the Bike E's come with 40 psi tires, all the ones that come into my shop, and the ones on my bike all seem to come with the primo commets)

    Anyway, the best way to decide on a recumbent is to try as many of them as possible. Of course, you should try to only test the ones in your price range, or you may fall in love with a machine you can't afford.

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    "since when did the Bike E's come with 40 psi tires, all the ones that come into my shop, and the ones on my bike all seem to come with the primo commets) "


    A lot of BikeE's around my way are being sold with the knobby tires like a mountain bike. BikeE is trying to market their cycles for dirt bike riding instead of long distance touring. I think this is a mistake. Those tires really make you work hard on the cycle. Just going around the parking lot at the shop with those very thick knobby wheels tired me out. People who are buying bents are not interested in dirt bike riding. It's a mistake that will prove costly.

    If you're going to buy a BikeE. It's has to have high pressure Primos at 100 P.S.I

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    Really, it that so?

    Well as I said, all the Bike E's that come into my shop have either the primo commets, or the hook worms, only the FX comes with the nobbies.

    Maybe it's a bit different in Canada (i've no idea why it would be) or it might be the 2002 models (we haven't gotten any in yet) but i'm pretty sure the website shows the tires as the primos or hooks.

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    i have a wave (2001) for sale. (600 less than 500 miles on it).that i bought for the wife she isnt a biker, but i had hoped she might try it..i own the rocket...and i owned a bike E..so the rocket is imho the best choice given the dollar amount, jammer

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    I got my Rocket last year new for 800 dollars at Schwinn City in Antioch Cal.

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    The BEST recumbent under $1000?

    All I can tell you is, I've had my $500 EZ-1SC for three weekends now and I love it. I am the casualest of casual riders, I just want to take it out around the neighborhood for a couple of miles on a nice day. I did not compare it to any other recumbents. The only think I can compare it to is the $250 fifteen-speed "General" pseudo-mountain-bike I've had for five or ten years.

    I didn't do any comparison shopping because the bike store that had the bikes I wanted to compare it to was a pain and the bike store that had the EZ-1SC was nice. I rode it, I liked it, I didn't see anything much wrong with it. It gave me the feeling of being well-made for what it was. It's a steel frame, I'm sure it's heavy by comparison to other recumbents.

    I don't know enough to say if it's the BEST recumbent under $1000. (Actually I'm sure it isn't. If nothing else the $800 aluminum version of the same bike is probably "better.")

    I don't know enough to say if it's a GOOD recumbent under $1000.

    All I can say is, it's a recumbent, it's about $500, what I wanted was "a recumbent for about $500" and it is. And I like it.
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    I have an Easy Racers Sport which cost $989. Its along wheelbase, not terribley fast but good handling and quiet. Quality is excellent!

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    Short, sweet, and to the point?

    The BEST recumbent for under $1,000 is the Rans Rocket-$999.

    You won't find a more fun ride, easy to transport, fast, nimble, comfortable. It'll serve you well on short rides, commuting, touring, whatever. Adjustable handlebars and seat. Easy to outfit for commuting/touring. Shifts like a dream, sprints, glides, oh yeah! Excellent frame and components. Weighs in at 27lbs. Flash Red color! Oh, she is sweet!

    Go and ride one and I guarantee you, you'll fall in love!
    Ride like a kid again...out the door, not a care in the world~

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    I ride a Tailwind. I've had it under a year and use it to commute, road and trail rides, and touring ( almost 1800 miles and 5 mountain passes to date.) For me it's a bike that can do it all, was the easiest to learn, a good climber, a neat design and an excellent bike for the $$$$. However, I would trade it in an instant for a "Rocket" if I thought I could get used to the higher peddle position. It's lighter, has a smaller turning radious and would be a lot easier to store and transport.

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    Under $1000?? You want sporty and speed? Easy. You can't beat a Lightning Thunderbolt! (and neither can a Rans Rocket!) The larger back wheel on the Lightning means higher gear ratio's. So, for the same cadence (leg RPM) you go faster, enough said.
    Go check out Lightnings site. If you want a bike with speed records in its heritage, get a Lightning.

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