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Originally Posted by phiellaep
- What are the main manufacturers/distributors/brands in the UK recumbent scene?
- What are the basic different types of recumbents? I would need one that I can commute on with the equivalent contents of a medium backpack which I currently heft on my back sitting upright.
- What's the cost (in £ or $ - I will convert) of a "decent entry-level" recumbent - sort of the equivalent of a £500 ($750) road bike?
There's a well known recumbent shop in Glasgow called Kinetics
. If you haven't already been to visit, you should check it out and do some test rides. There's also Laid Back Bicycles
in Edinburgh. Velovision Magazine has a long list of UK
Pretty much any recumbent can carry a commuting load. Just fit a rear rack and get some panniers, or attach a basket on the rack. The main thing may be that you might want something with a slightly more upright and higher seat - more of a touring recumbent (you can of course commute on a low racer - people do. But as a beginner it may not be the best choice).
Your biggest problem may be finding a (new) 'bent for around 500 GBP. For that sort of money you could almost certainly find something decent second hand though. I know it's a long way from Glasgow, but you might contact Kevin Dunseath at DTek (just outside Cambridge) as he has a huge range of used machines. He has never had a web page, but try dtekhpvs (at) btconnect.com or call (01353) 648177. They are at:
3 Main St, Little Thetford, Ely, CB6 3HA. I never bought anything from him, but for a small fee he let me test ride around 20 different 'bents and it really helped narrow down what I was looking for.
Last edited by yangmusa; 06-28-10 at 01:56 PM.
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