Join Date: Jan 2001
Bikes: Specialized Stumpie, Bianchi Pista, Optima Baron
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As a newbie bent-rider, too, thought I'd put in my 2¢. I've only ridden a friend's EZ-1 Supercruizer - a simple and fun ride to adjust to and low cost to boot ($525 I believe.) I think I'd want something faster with larger wheels, however (16" or 20" wheels just shout "kiddie-bike" to me.) I read everything on-line I could for several weeks and decided SWB (maybe even a low racer) was probably what I was looking for more than a LWB or even a CLWB. My problem was I couldn't find a dealer locally to test ride even one SWB, let alone from several manufacturers. Then I found "yellowbike.com." on the web. Even though they're located clear across the country from California, they direct-market their race-bred, Dutch-made recumbents with a no-risk 250k test ride guarantee of satisaction. (No, I'm not an employee, just a soon-to-be satisfied customer. I intend on posting my review in a couple of months.) BTW, while you don't need to spend $$$ for an exotic TI frame, just as for any bike, I'd make sure to invest in a stiff, neatly-welded chromoly frame and high-quality components from a company with a record for customer satisfaction. This is where your money is truly important.
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