Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Recumbent What IS that thing?! Recumbents may be odd looking, but they have many advantages over a "wedgie" bicycle. Discuss the in's and out's recumbent lifestyle in the recumbent forum.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-11-13, 01:26 PM   #1
android
Recumbently Supreme
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
Bikes: BikeE recumbent, Bridgestone MB
Posts: 8
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Need buying advice to upgrade from Bike-E RX

Hi all,

I've been riding a Bike-E RX rear suspension bent for quite a while. I like it, but it is heavy and hard to put on a car rack.

I'd like to get a new/used higher end bent. But I've been out of the bent infoworld for a while, so have no idea of what's out there.

I'd like something similar to my Bike-E but quite a bit faster and lighter. I don't want a LWB bent as it will be even harder to transport.

Ideally my new bent would have:

Rear suspension
disk brakes
front steering
be lighter and faster than my RX

Price doesn't matter as it's a once a decade purchase.

The Cruzbike's and conversions look interesting, but I'm concerned that when you steer the pedals are moving too, that seems inherently unstable.

What would people recommend I take a look at? I'm in the SF Bay area.

Thanks for your help.
android is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-13, 01:45 PM   #2
Retro Grouch 
Senior Member
 
Retro Grouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Bikes: Rans Rockst (Retro rocket) Rans Enduro Sport (Retro racket) Catrike 559, Merin Bear Valley (beater bike).
Posts: 26,744
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 144 Post(s)
I'm going to recommend a road trip.

Surely somewhere within a reasonable radius there's a recumbent specialty bike shop. Make an appointment with them for a time when they're not-too-busy. Tell them what you told us. There are so many different recumbent designs and they all ride a little differently. The opportunity to see and ride some different ones back-to-back is priceless.
Retro Grouch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-13, 02:51 PM   #3
cplager
The Recumbent Quant
 
cplager's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Norwalk, CT
Bikes: 2012 Cruzbike Sofrider, 2013 Cruzigami Mantis
Posts: 3,018
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by android View Post
The Cruzbike's and conversions look interesting, but I'm concerned that when you steer the pedals are moving too, that seems inherently unstable.
Cruzbikes and conversions have a learning curve, but are actually very stable. Unlike many (most) bents, they are quite easy to ride without hands (which isn't terribly useful in itself, but useful in learning how to avoid "pedal steer").

You can read about my conversion here as well as my learning experience on a Cruzbike Sofrider here.
cplager is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-13, 02:51 AM   #4
Robert C
Senior Member
 
Robert C's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Salt lake, UT
Bikes: This list got too long: several ‘bents, an urban utility e-bike, and a dahon D7 that my daughter has absconded with.
Posts: 1,638
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 67 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by android View Post
Ideally my new bent would have:

Rear suspension
disk brakes
front steering
be lighter and faster than my RX
I went from a Bike-E to a Bacchetta 26AT. However, it doesn't have rear suspension. It is a lot faster than the Bike-E; but, it is not nearly as easy to ride.
Robert C is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-13, 03:32 PM   #5
CHAS
Senior Member
 
CHAS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Silverthorne, Colorado
Bikes: Rawlings Drakkar, Specialized Roubaix, Pivot, Challenge Trike, Tandem
Posts: 636
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Go to bentrideronline.com. A wealth of recumbent info is available there. HP veloteknik makes bikes like what you want.
CHAS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-13, 05:49 PM   #6
VegasTriker
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Sin City, Nevada
Bikes: Catrike 700, Greenspeed GTO trike, , Linear LWB recumbent, Haluzak Horizon SWB recumbent, Balance 450 MTB, Cannondale SM800 Beast of the East
Posts: 1,316
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 38 Post(s)
Here's three that show up for Northern California. Zach Kaplan is a frequent contributor to bentrideronline on technical issues about recumbents. His shop also receives a lot of praise from posters there. I'm not a CA resident and have never been to any of these shops. Might be worth giving them a call.

Gold Country Cyclery Sacramento 530-676-3305 Tuesday - Saturday 11-4pm
Zach Kaplan Cycles 1518 Buena Vista Ave. Alameda, CA, 94501-1218 510-522-BENT (2368) Hours by appointment only
Spin Cyclz 1364 North McDowell, #5, Petaluma, CA. (925) 301-7043

I have a friend who rides a Velotechnic short wheelbase suspended recumbent bike. The price isn't cheap but he sure loves it. It wasn't unusual for him to do 50 or 60 mile rides on the weekend when he worked in So Cal for a time. The Bike E (AT model) was my first recumbent. I can guarantee you that almost any recumbent bike will be more efficient than it is. I went from that to an old long wheelbase Linear and my mileage and speed increased a whole lot.
VegasTriker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-13, 08:00 PM   #7
cruise_carter
Junior Member
 
cruise_carter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Clarington, Ontario, Canada
Bikes: Rotator Pursuit (sold and regretting it), Rans V-Rex, RANS Wave (hinged), HP Speedmachine, Dahon MU SL, Razerback K2 mtb
Posts: 17
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)


I had this Speedmachine for a few years, didn't use it as much as my old V-Rex so I sold it last year.
It was fast but heavier than my rex.
Very high quality bike with features you want, I also had excellent support from the company in Europe.
I regret selling it but had too many bikes. It went to a good home and gets ridden like it deserves.

head out to local shops and try various ones out, nothing beats that.
You might find that suspension may not be required, years ago I had a Rotator Pursuit, long single tube which gave it a very comfortable ride (suspension like).
The SM also fit on a hitch rack I had on back of Honda Element.

Good luck on your choice.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg sm_left copy.jpg (102.3 KB, 2 views)

Last edited by cruise_carter; 05-12-13 at 08:04 PM.
cruise_carter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-13, 10:14 PM   #8
Jeff Wills
Insane Bicycle Mechanic
 
Jeff Wills's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: other Vancouver
Bikes:
Posts: 7,983
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by VegasTriker View Post
Here's three that show up for Northern California. Zach Kaplan is a frequent contributor to bentrideronline on technical issues about recumbents. His shop also receives a lot of praise from posters there. I'm not a CA resident and have never been to any of these shops. Might be worth giving them a call.

Gold Country Cyclery Sacramento 530-676-3305 Tuesday - Saturday 11-4pm
Zach Kaplan Cycles 1518 Buena Vista Ave. Alameda, CA, 94501-1218 510-522-BENT (2368) Hours by appointment only
Spin Cyclz 1364 North McDowell, #5, Petaluma, CA. (925) 301-7043
Note that Zach works by appointment only. Don't expect to just drop by, and expect to spend some time with him.

Also, consider dropping by the Easy Racers factory:
Easy Racers, Inc.
10 Hangar Way
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 722-9797

I've had as many as 4 Easy Racer bikes in my garage at once, and they are very fine machines indeed. The Fold Rush has a rear suspension, but I have not found it necessary for any of my riding.
__________________
Jeff Wills

Comcast nuked my web page. It will return soon..
Jeff Wills is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-13, 10:38 AM   #9
BlazingPedals
Senior Member
 
BlazingPedals's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Middle of da Mitten
Bikes: Trek 7500, RANS V-Rex, Optima Baron, Velokraft NoCom, M-5 Carbon Highracer, homebuilt recumbent
Posts: 8,944
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 103 Post(s)
My $0.02 is that if you want something similar, it's going to be similar in speed too. If you want suspension, it's going to be similar weight, too, if not heavier. I think you should re-evaluate what you really want. Maybe your best choice will be to keep what you have.
BlazingPedals is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-13, 04:37 PM   #10
Floyd
el padre
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: South East Kansas
Bikes: Rans Stratus, ICE TRike, other assorted
Posts: 1,500
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
I am with retro-grouch...do some investigating...and take some time to try out the bike for ride and what you want from the bike... If you are spending the money for a 'long term' purchase you owe it to yourself to try what you buy....
Floyd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-13, 07:27 PM   #11
Dchiefransom
Senior Member
 
Dchiefransom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Newark, CA. San Francisco Bay Area
Bikes:
Posts: 6,205
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Check out Nanda Holz at www.spincyclz.com. See what he has in stock to test ride. Zach Kaplan is also in Alameda. www.zachkaplancycles.com. Dublin Cyclery has recumbents.
__________________
Silver Eagle Pilot
Dchiefransom is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:31 AM.