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Old 08-14-13, 07:01 PM   #1
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2 for one at the local Humane thrift store.

This pair was in my local Humane assn thrift store, been sitting awhile, but look basically un-ridden , they should clean up nicely.

Has anyone ridden one of these??




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Old 08-14-13, 07:19 PM   #2
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Bike-E's are generally considered "starter" recumbents. As you said, the pictures do suggest they should clean up nicely. Bike-E's are a bit heavy and somewhat slow in comparison to other recumbents (due to weight and wheel size/gear inches) BUT they handle well at slow speeds, are low enough to the ground for people with short legs and are easy to ride (compared to high-racers with your feet above your hips!). Also, they are adjustable to a decent range of leg-lengths/X-seams.

eBay has a few listed for various prices - from $150 (under-valued IMO) to $1200 (way over-valued IMHO) right now.

If you picked them up cheaply, congratulations.

You can probably find more people who have (had) them over on bentrideronline.com.
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Old 08-14-13, 11:59 PM   #3
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Well.................

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Bike-E's are generally considered "starter" recumbents. As you said, the pictures do suggest they should clean up nicely. Bike-E's are a bit heavy and somewhat slow in comparison to other recumbents (due to weight and wheel size/gear inches) BUT they handle well at slow speeds, are low enough to the ground for people with short legs and are easy to ride (compared to high-racers with your feet above your hips!). Also, they are adjustable to a decent range of leg-lengths/X-seams.

eBay has a few listed for various prices - from $150 (under-valued IMO) to $1200 (way over-valued IMHO) right now.

If you picked them up cheaply, congratulations.

You can probably find more people who have (had) them over on bentrideronline.com.
I might have overpaid a little ($800 for both), but it's the humane shelter thrift store, so I didn't mind too much, don't want to take food away from puppies and kittens. They will be fun to clean up and ride.
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Old 08-15-13, 06:34 AM   #4
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That price was probably reasonable, given that they are the suspended version that originally went for $1200 new, IIRC. The more common hardtails usually go for $300 or less.
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Old 08-15-13, 09:40 AM   #5
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These are so easy for first time riders that we keep one for guests. And, my son still rides his as his only bike.
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Old 08-15-13, 05:01 PM   #6
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$800 for the pair? I think you did well.
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Old 08-15-13, 09:08 PM   #7
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Yes I have ridden one - the same model you have pictured. The model with the rear shock is the BikeE AT and they did sell for $1,200 new in the early 2000s. Bought mine used in the fall of 2000 I think for $700 and it wasn't as nice looking as the ones you have. I wasn't very successful at riding it because of the weight and the small wheels seemed to make it pretty inefficient. A few months late I found a nice used Linear LWB with a 27" rear wheel and was off to the races. Much lighter, way more efficient, and cost me less too. The BikeE company ceased production around 2002. I kept mine as a loaner until the SACHS 3-speed hub failed while someone was riding it. I was told by one BikeE owner that a batch of BikeEs were built with bad hubs and maybe mine was one of them. It wasn't worth the cost of replacing the rear wheel as SACHS repair parts had become unavailable. Recently I found a hub for sale for $25 and resurrected it. The handling seemed so strange compared to the Linear and an Haluzak Horizon I have. I wouldn't have bought it today if I came across it at a garage sale and tried it out. It does have one saving grace. You can quickly and easily adjust the seat for just about anyone of different heights so it makes a decent loaner bike. BTW, the delrin nylon seat sliders may be very difficult to find if they break. You can't position the seat on the frame without the sliders.
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good things,That's commendable of you to give to a charitable cause AND recycle!
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Old 08-16-13, 01:47 PM   #9
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Seat Sliders

I was going to say "Don't worry about the seat sliders" but it seem that the Bicycle Man is sold out of the beefy replacements that had been offered at http://store.bicycleman.com/collecti...e-seat-sliders. But don't lose hope, they should be back in stock next month (Sept 2013)
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