As the title says, I am looking for thoughts on the performer recumbent bicycles. In particular, I am looking at the Toscana 26.
The lowest end version of this model MSRPs’ for $1,500(USD). . . slight digression, USD means United States Dollars. I was having a discussion with someone, where we were getting nowhere, and I suddenly realized that he thought USD meant “used”. . .
I am looking for a SWB-USS under $1,500.
This version is speced as follows
LX Disc 27S
Front fork Alloy Alloy Alloy
Seat FRP w/headrest
Handle bar U bar
Shifter Microshift bar end 9S
Lever Avid FR5
Front Derailleur Microshift R439
Rear Derailleur Shimano LX 9S
Crankset Truvativ IF 52/42/30 170L
Cassette Shimano Acera 11-34t
Wheelset A Rim Disc
Tires Kenda K-193 26"x1.25 100psi
Brakes Avid BB5 Disc Brake
Headset Speedmax PZ
MSRP(excluding tax) US$1,500
Here is my situation; I am 5’6”. This is part of the reason that I am looking at the 26” version rather than the 700c.
I am returning to the US soon and want a recumbent for transportation. While I have been gone my wife sold our car so I will be entirely carfree.
When I was in the US last I had (I still have; it is just on the other side of the country now) a bike-E along with several conventional bikes. I liked the recumbent in some ways but did not like the bike-E enough to have it shipped out to me.
I liked the comfort and “heads up” riding position I have also been having a lot of saddle and riding pain when on conventional bikes that, quite simply, I did not have with the bike-E. The bike-E felt easier to ride in that I just got on it and went, there were no special riding shorts or other riding “gear.” It was a pure transportation bike; even if it did look a little odd.
There were things I didn’t like. I did not like the semi-long wheelbase design. It made it impossible to use on buses. That is part of the reason that I am only considering SWB designs. The bike-E suffered from terrible stability at speeds over about 35mph. However, that wasn’t much of a problem because, overall, it was a terribly slow bicycle.
I want to try having the crank a bit higher. I also want USS. There is no particular reason for that; I just always liked the way USS looked. I want to give it a try.
I am looking for any thoughts about this bike, or any others that might meet my needs?
I am already aware of the existence of craigslist; yes, I will look there too. However, I have seldom seen any real good deals in anything I want on craigslist. I say this because almost any discussion of new bikes seems to have people saying some form of, “don’t by a new bike; just score a screaming deal on craigslist.” If I see a great deal on a used bike I am willing to jump on it; but, I am not going to not ride for the next ten years as I continually search craigslist for something that may never appear.
I am not limited to new; but, I am limited to available.