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Old 09-02-09, 12:17 PM   #1
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Taking bikes out of 100 years of dark age design

It's a Lightning Cycles infomercial. Really!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNXqT6-2YZM
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Old 09-02-09, 12:32 PM   #2
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When it starts, you wonder, but it is really about lightning bikes.
I have a P-38
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Small bits of BS, I mean hyperbole, scattered throughout the video. "Twice as safe as upright bikes" or "Other recumbents are heavy and slow"
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Small bits of BS, I mean hyperbole, scattered throughout the video. "Twice as safe as upright bikes" or "Other recumbents are heavy and slow"
Hey, it's marketing, you know?
The thread title is one of the lines in it.
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Hey, it's marketing, you know?
The thread title is one of the lines in it.
Yep, can't blame him. That's his baby he's talking about.
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It's good to know a quality product is still made in the U.S.A.
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Tim has never been afraid of making big claims for his products. I have to chuckle over "three times more comfortable" and "twice as safe." Just exactly how do you quantify that? "30% faster" compared to what? An F-40 compared to a mountain bike? A Thunderbolt compared to a Madone? Anyway, it's a nice infomercial.
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My Volae Century is fifteen times as comfortable as a good DF. Do I hear twenty?
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DF...I call a razor seat...my bents...lounge chairs on wheels.
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Okay, I won't argue any statistics he used - and my bent is 100 times more comfy than the old DF.

After getting past the 'intro' which didn't seem to have anything to do with biking....

why would he use the 'model' riding his bike that couldn't hold a line? I'm definitely not talking down because it was a woman It could have been a man or woman, but why use someone that wasn't at a level to hold the steering straight instead of the constant weaving. I'd think that would make DF riders say "Look it ain't stable."

And all that spandex???? Put 'em in street clothes like the rest of us so people can see you don't need special gear/clothing.
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After seeing a buddy sitting in the middle of the street with a broken Lightning fork and cars going around him, I sort of scratched Lightning off of my list.
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After seeing a buddy sitting in the middle of the street with a broken Lightning fork and cars going around him, I sort of scratched Lightning off of my list.
Are you saying your buddy was ridding a bike with a broken fork? Well that was not smart of him in the first place. However that alone shouldn't be a reason to scratch off a brand of recumbent bicycles. That can happen to any brand of bicycles upright or recumbent.

I know someone whose Gold Rush Replica's frame broke during a group ride, and he wanted to continue to ride it. Luckily, there were several of us there present who insisted he not try it. Should that make someone scratch off Easy Racer bikes?

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No, I'm saying that his Lightning fork broke while riding it. His replacement fork broke, also. His third fork from Lightning had the brake mounting hole drilled crooked and was unusable and looked worse than a Walmart fork. When he got his fourth fork, he sold the bike without riding it further.

In all fairness, this was a Lightning M5 with a mono-fork. Still, it took about 5 months to resolve and Lightning screwed with him accusing him of doing something to the forks. I swear to God, the third fork looked like somebody pulled it off of a $65 Walmart BMX bike, only more crooked.
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