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Old 10-17-13, 06:42 AM   #26
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At first I suggested this go in a new thread, but on reflection, it's related. And it's sure easier to keep it here. I can't offer much advice on which trike to get, especially since you don't tell us where you live, what sort of terrain you ride, how you ride, and what your expectations are for the trike you get. As far as knees go, the answer is, trikes *could* be hard on your knees, if you don't gear down sufficiently. That's true with any bike, and especially true for recumbents in general because of the possibility of using the seat as a brace and pushing too hard. But with proper technique, they're no worse than any other bike.
I was also going to suggest the same thing (another thread), and also decided to not do it.

You'll find more traffic on BROL, so I recommend asking there as well. I haven't heard anything too negative about any of the Trident offerings (but I've never ridden one either). Used trikes are another option.

I also agree about 'bents and knees. They aren't any worse if you don't do silly things (i.e., use the seat back to really mash when you should be spinning).

Given somebody in your situation, I would recommend a recumbent trike, so I think you're on the right path.

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Old 10-17-13, 08:05 PM   #27
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thanks guys. I didn't know where to ask this question saw this thread and thought it might help. sorry for posting on the wrong thread.
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thanks guys. I didn't know where to ask this question saw this thread and thought it might help. sorry for posting on the wrong thread.
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Look for a used trike. ActionBent and Performer sold several that were not too badly priced new and should be under $1000 on Craigslist, BentRider and a few other sites.
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Reading thru this thread again I take exception to what "Sean" said about TerraTrikes. I have a TT Cruiser, and I find the quality of the frame excellent. Also it has seen two and a half riding seasons, and it has been totally trouble free.
For me the price was right, and as far as components go the ones that came on the bike are quite serviceable, and in time can be up graded as the need and want comes up.
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hi everyone I have a question. I currently ride a rode bike and love it. Unfortunately I have problems with falling off my bike. I have also fallen off of my mountain bike as well. Have broken my ribs twice in the past 6 months ( once on road bike once on mtb ) and just cant take much more. maybe I have a balance issue i dont know. I refuse to give up riding because it is my life. I want to get a tadpole trike but am limited to finances. can anyone suggest a good entry level tad? Been looking on the web at Trident Stowaway 2 but have heard bad reviews on them. does anyone know about these? also, I have heard that recumbents are hard on the knees. any truth to that? thanks a lot guys.
What reviews have your read? There was a problem with the frames when they were first out, but the company owner went over seas and corrected it. The only thing mine has is the big lumbar curve in the seat. Trident has a different seat now, and I also use a special cushion from the Hostel Shoppe behind my shoulders.
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Old 11-10-13, 08:32 PM   #32
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BROL (bent rider online) has a classified section, and if you are not in a huge hurry I'm sure you can get a good 2 wheel bent there for around $1000. Trikes are for sale there also, and I'd check Craigslist as well. I got a used Rans F5 high racer on BROL for $1000. I bought my Catrike Speed new, but I'm sure you could find one for half price if used. A couple of Hase delta trikes were recently donated to a local thrift shop, and they sold for less than $2000. Hostel Shoppe sells a lot of different makes of bents and is a good place for research and for clothing and tools also.
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thanks guys. I didn't know where to ask this question saw this thread and thought it might help. sorry for posting on the wrong thread.
I recently decided to make the jump to a trike. My approach was to get a used low cost trike, decide what I do and don't like about it, then in the future invest in a more expensive trike with the features that appeal the most to me.

I picked up a Sun EZ 3 SX for $400 off Craig's list. Another $200 in ties and a full tuneup by a pro has given me a trike I really like. I'll eventually try some tadpoles at Bicycleman's shop, but for now I've got a trike that is giving me both fun and a wealth of information that I'll use for a future purchase decision.
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I picked up a Sun EZ 3 SX for $400 off Craig's list. Another $200 in ties and a full tuneup by a pro has given me a trike I really like. I'll eventually try some tadpoles at Bicycleman's shop, but for now I've got a trike that is giving me both fun and a wealth of information that I'll use for a future purchase decision.
Sounds to me like you did really well for yourself. Nicely done.
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Sounds to me like you did really well for yourself. Nicely done.
Yes, I did...but I decided to buy an erx fairing - wide and tinted - with mounting hardware, which costs me more than the trike. If I ever decide to sell the trike I'll have to list it as a fairing for sale - comes with trike attached.
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The rental bike is a Koosah. The 'checkmark' framed bikes that Burley made were pretty popular. So far, Edge, who took over Burley's former line-up, has chosen to not re-start that model.

Of the Sun models, the TourEasy and the Tomahawk are the only ones that approach the performance levels of the 'real things.' Those two are cost-reduced versions of actual EasyRacer bikes. The others are designed by Sun and licensed through EasyRacers.
I just purchased a pristine used Sun EZ Speedster AX bent for $570.00. What are your thoughts on this bike? It's my very, very first bent I've ever owned. Always rode diamond framed mountain bikes here in WV. I want to do some upgrades to my new bent bc yes, I am a weight weenie. Thanks.
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