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    Quick crash course for Recumbents?

    Is anyone really familiar with the Recumbent market? Who are the big brands; the best; any to stay away from?

    I'm looking for a short rider and open to the possibility of a long one.

    Would be interested too in frame only or a kit bike.

    It's always been my opinion that due to cost is why these bikes have always since the beginning been niche and obscure and have never been more common. You can get a regular bike for nothing and these bikes have always been over a thousand.

    Is there a good or great Recumbent in production at a great price?

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    http://www.bicycleman.com/index.html

    All the brands here are the best. He also has information on the website for companies that have gone out of business. Good place to start.

    http://www.bentrideronline.com/

    Any brand or model that you are interested in, enter in search function and you will more than likely find a review.
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    The first thing to do is to go over to Bentrideronline and do a search on "recumbent terminology" This should bring up a lot of definitions that may make your search easier. The first two are short wheelbase bike(SWB for short bike) and long wheelbase bike (LWB for long bike).

    It is certainly possible to buy a decent used recumbent for less than $1K. I bought two recumbent bikes years ago, a long wheelbase Linear for $500 and a short wheelbase Haluzak Horizon for $850. I put over 5,000 miles on the Linear. A lot of research goes into producing a bike or trike that handles well. Some homebuilts work well, others don't. I have a friend with a beautiful homebuilt long wheelbase bike that hasn't been off the wall where it hangs since 2003 because the handling didn't work out quite as expected. It was built from plans and parts from a company no longer in business.

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    In the US, the major brand names are Bacchetta, Cruzbike, EasyRacers, Lightning, and RANS, and for trikes it's Catrike and Terratrike. As you might expect, there are a bunch of smaller brands too. If you want a full run-down, bentrideronline is the best source.

    One way to save a little money on your first bent is Recycled Recumbents A.D. Carson cuts up old donor (upright) frames and builds frames that are a take-off from the EasyRacer models. You can buy just the frame, or more. Sometimes building your own sounds like the inexpensive way to go; but as with uprights, the individual components can easily add up to more $$$ than the retail cost of the bike you're trying to build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rtz549 View Post
    Is anyone really familiar with the Recumbent market? Who are the big brands; the best; any to stay away from?

    I'm looking for a short rider and open to the possibility of a long one.

    Would be interested too in frame only or a kit bike.

    It's always been my opinion that due to cost is why these bikes have always since the beginning been niche and obscure and have never been more common. You can get a regular bike for nothing and these bikes have always been over a thousand.

    Is there a good or great Recumbent in production at a great price?
    Walmart sold a recumbent a few years ago for less than $300. Didn't hear of anyone describing it as good or great. They stopped selling them - must not have been good or great sellers.

    Lots and lots of 'regular bikes' cost more than a thousand dollars. Most recumbents would cost less if they were manufactured and sold in larger numbers.
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    I've never been there, but have heard good things about a shop in Lexington. AFAIK the only way to get a good bent for low dollars is luck, time and skill in the used market. Unless your finances are tight, you might consider other cost comparisons. Bents are cheaper than cars both to buy and run. Even an expensive bent costs less than a year's country club membership. You can also get a fine new recumbent for less than a high end road bike.

    Oklahoma Recumbent Road Bikes

    CATRIKE, EASY RACERS, LONGBIKES, RANS, TERRATRIKE, VOLAE, ICE, TRAILMATE, LIGHTNING, SUN, PERFORMER, SIDEWINDER, AND GREENSPEED.

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    405-527-6160

    We are 35 miles south of Oklahoma City, just off Interstate 35

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    Some other names to consider are ICE and HP Veloteknic at the high end, and SUN and Performer for trikes and bikes.

    ICE in particular has sold a lot if trikes here, and HPV is also well regarded


    SUN made some very good recumbents at a decent price point that are often found on the used market. The EZ-1 and the Sport are relatively easy to ride and were designed by Martin Gardner from Easy Racer. The Sport was available in an aluminum frame with better components, the AX version.

    Performer is from Taiwan, has USA dealers and some very good bikes for the money.

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    You cant go wrong staying with the made in America brands.

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    Being in Edmond, your options are somewhat limited for dealers. OKRTB in Lexington is your closest I know of, and they are really good folks there. The shop is geared mostly toward trikers now, but they have some two-wheelers, and they can order and build anything they are a dealer for. Great selection of trikes, and a few odds and ends of used 2 wheelers (there's a pair of Volaes, a Longbikes Slipstream LWB and their SWB version too) and some others I did not eyeball clearly when I was there last weekend.

    You could road trip up to RANS in Hays KS too, and test ride their fleet of bikes.

    You could road trip down to Easy Street Recumbents in Austin, or down to John's Bikes in Lancaster TX (south side of DFW). John is a RANS dealer now.
    In Plano TX there's Plano Cycling and Fitness, which usually has a Bacchetta or two on the floor, or Richardson Bike Mart which may have a trike or two, and a two-wheeler maybe at the Mothership location on Coit.

    Your last option I guess would be to check out RBENT Online (Recumbent Bike Enthusiasts of North Texas). There are a lot of us, and we have quite the assortment of 'bents, and if you came down to the Metromess (where most of us are basically), you could probably get a test ride on a variety of bikes, once we got to know you .
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    I seem to pick up on a sizing concern. A RANS Stratus LE would be a great choice. The seat and handlebars are ultra adjustable. It will fit a wide range of inseams, and riding styles.

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    I don't believe that Edge recumbent bikes in Tennessee has been mentioned. Edge acquired Burley's business which if I have my facts straight would be somewhat like BicycleMan's acquisition of Linear?
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