Hi guys. My 13 y/o son will outgrow his bike in the coming year. He wants a recumbent as his next bike.
Gasp, shock, weeping, gnashing.
"Dammit, we've always been a diamond frame family. What's wrong with how your daddy, and your daddy's daddy, rode? Can't you be like the other boys? What will the neighbors think? You'll break your mother's heart. Where did we go wrong?"
"Dad, I have to be who I am. I know it's not your lifestyle. But if you love me, let me be free."
[Sobbing]. "Son, I don't understand you, but I love you. If a recumbent will make you happy, then your mother and I will support you."
Okay, it's not like that. He thinks they are cool. I think they are cool. So, i need to figure out what will work.
Here are the criteria. The budget is tight plus the bike will sit locked up outside a school all day in a city infested with bike thieves (Portland OR). So a couple hundred $ ideally. I need to buy it used, but have a year to look. He'll ride it to/from school, maybe up to 5 mile ride each way, on city streets. I'd feel best if he sat relatively high. Needs to carry a backpack/messenger bag and extra books/sports gear/etc, big wire panniers or something like that would work. It rains a lot here, need really good fender coverage.
What would you guys suggest? SWB or LWB? Under seat or high bar? Brands? Models?