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Old 10-06-11, 11:48 PM   #1
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Looking forthe right Recumbent Bike for Commuting.

Hello everybody.

Making a long story short, I am an avid bicyclist with some ongoing shoulder and neck issues that may require me to go recumbent, and I am soliciting those in this forum who are knowledgeable about recumbent bikes.

I am looking for a recumbent that is built for commuting [I currently commute with a surly long haul trucker].

I would prefer 26 inch wheels since I have a bunch of tires sitting around that are 26 inch.

My commute is 20 miles round trip on a dedicated bicycle trail; mostly flat with a couple of pedestrian bridge inclines.

My price range is $2000.

I know I probably won't be able to haul as much stuff as I can on the LHT, but I want to be able to haul stuff like a work uniform, my over-sized lunch, and maybe some books and a laptop etc. and a toolkit with spare tube. Not to mention groceries.

Thanks to all.
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Old 10-07-11, 07:05 AM   #2
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For what you're describing, I think a LWB would serve you best. A Sun EZ-Sport would work, RANS has several models, and then there's offerings from CycleGenius and Lightfoot Cycles. There's also EasyRacers TourEasy, but that's a little bit above your limit for a bike that's probably nicer than what you need for commuting.
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Old 10-07-11, 08:17 AM   #3
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How about a "Bella ATT"? It has a higher weight limit and Disc brakes - starts at *under* 2K?

http://www.bacchettabikes.com/bikes/...ikes/bella-att

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Old 10-07-11, 07:40 PM   #4
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How about a "Bella ATT"? It has a higher weight limit and Disc brakes - starts at *under* 2K?

http://www.bacchettabikes.com/bikes/...ikes/bella-att
Yes, Bacchetta's version of the RANS Stratus is another possibility. I'm not sure a 25-pound difference in load capacity is significant, but disc brakes are nice to have.
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Bacchetta Giro 26 or Giro 26 ATT. Dual 26, under $2k, room for fenders. Looks like disc brakes may be an option?
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For a dedicated bike trail, you can ride just about anything. But I think the Giro 26 is a good choice as it's reasonably sporty, can handle a bit of gear, and handles well.
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You should be able to carry just as much stuff on a long wheel base recumbent as your Surly. You can get a big bag that hangs off the back of the RANS standard seat(Bachetta has a similar seat). A rack on the back will let you mount panniers. The Bachetta Bella, RANS Stratus, and RANS Formula LE would be good for your purposes. You's also do well with dual 26" wheels bike like the Stratus XP. This bag from RANS can hold a laptop http://www.shoprans.com/proddetail.asp?prod=BPAC0060-59.
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I'm going to have to agree with BlazingPedals... and my opinion is biased because I own a Sun EZ Sport LE (aluminum).
I've seen these available on Craigslist for as low as $400. If your commute is mostly flat, this bike should work fine. Sun and Easy racers sell panniers that mount under the seat. I have a very nice seat bag (that attaches to the back of the mesh seatback) from Hostel Shoppe that holds quite a bit of stuff as well as a rear rack with a standard rectangular hard case bag/box for tools, tubes, etc.

The Easy Sport is on the heavy side at 35 lbs. But if you don't have steep hills it's a joy to ride. And for the negligible weight difference between the Rans Stratus and Bacchetta Bella, for the money the Easy Sport is the hands down winner.
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Old 10-20-11, 11:46 AM   #9
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I strongly suggest long test rides until you find a bent that suits you as well as the LHT. For me, some of the suggestions above and good and some far from it. I think you should go with a ________. The point, though, is what turns out to be right for you. Though you may have to buy used or stretch the limit a bit, there are enough fine recumbents around with a wide enough variety of characteristics that you should not have to settle for anything that does not seem just right. A few miles into some test ride a bike will let you know it is the one and you will have a hard time not immediately riding it back home.
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OP, you mention neck and shoulder issues that may force you to go to a recumbent. Depending on the severity of those issues, maybe you don't have to get fully 'bent. Maybe a crank forward would work for you? And you can still keep on truckin'...
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My commute is 20 miles round trip on a dedicated bicycle trail; mostly flat with a couple of pedestrian bridge inclines.
FWIW: Bacchetta Bikes is in St. Pete: http://www.bacchettabikes.com/company/contact-us.php

They have a range of recumbents, and I bet they'd be willing to let you test-ride a couple. A dual-26-inch bike can accommodate up to 4 panniers using a rear and an under-seat rack: http://shop.bacchettabikes.com/catal...s/racks/id/36/ . If you feel that that is too limited, you could combine one with an Xtracycle:

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I have 2 Lightfoot cycles bikes. Well built and designed bikes. The Ranger is really comfortble however not the fastest. My Sons World Traveler is simular however faster. They are currently building a bike they call The Rambler. It looks like a great all around commuter.

http://www.lightfootcycles.com/recumbent_bicycles.php
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