Looks like I am going to do my final test ride tomorrow and unless something screwy happens, I am going to pick up a used Haluzak -- I think it is called the Haluzak Hybrid -- from a LBS. I read some old posts that complained about the seat breaking, but this looks like a model with a reinforced seat judging from the extra braces. This is my first recumbent. I finally took the plunge when I injured the soft tissue between my left shoulder and neck. I'm basically looking for a recumbent all-rounder that I can use for sporty rides as well as commuting, pulling the babies in the trailer, and so on.
26"/20" USS SWB recumbent with Shimano 105 road triple gearing with bar end shifters. Although it appears that the wheelbase is a long short-wheelbase recumbent. That is, it seems a few inches longer than the other bikes. The overall condition seems to be fine; there are a few scratches and the cables appear frayed past the clamps. The bike was somewhat dirty during my test ride with mud on the under the main body. I get a bit of heel strike on the front wheel during slow turns; although after a while of test riding I managed to avoid most heel strikes by simply timing my pedal stroke. Although it still needs to be adjusted for my height a bit, the ride was very comfortable with the USS. It also seemed relatively light for a steel bike.
Two annoying things. One, there is no mount for a rear fender at the top of the rear stays. Two, I can't see a way of mounting a kick stand. But it does come with a simple Blackburn rear rack. I think that the gearing won't be low enough for a spinner like myself, but that isn't too hard to change. With the bar-ends, I should be able to get away with changing the granny for a lower gear without affecting the shifting much. Overall, for the price, it is probably the most reasonable way for me to introduce myself to recumbents.
I see that some people mount lights and such on the mount for the front derailer. But where do people mount stuff like a cycle computer or an air horn on an USS bike?
Any general comments or hints for a soon-to-be newbie?