Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Wellington Ohio
Bikes: Trek 1000, Rans Tailwind
There are a lot of good 'bents out there. You have to decide what you want to do then look at the ones that could fit your intended riding use. I purchased a RANS Tailwind this spring. Cost a lot more than my Trek 1000 road bike but it was worth every penny. Even though the Tailwind has low level SRAM components, these components work every bit as good as the Sountour stuff on the Trek, even when the Trek was brand new. And components can be upgraded. I use my 'bent for errands, pleasure rides, club rides, and even commuting. Riding takes some getting used to, it is totally different from a regular "wedgie" bike and you have to unlearn old habits and learn new ones. Once you get in condition (different muscle groups) the miles will melt away. Plus, how many roadies can sport an ear to ear grin after riding a century? Oh, yeah, be careful about Ebay. There is some real junk out there. There is good stuff too if you are careful. Good luck on your quest.