Hello friends. I've been a big time rider for quite a few years. Mountain biking is my passion, and that'll never change, but sometimes I just like to get out on the road bike and do my thing since I can leave right from my driveway and just... GO.
I don't know if it's the fact that I'm getting older, or if it's the fact that I have a hard time committing to a regular workout schedule (house renovations, infant, wife, job, etc...), or if I'm just too dang sore from the level of renovations I've been doing on our house, but I've been growing resistant to ride because I know what level of back pain I'll be experiencing when I do. I always get bummed out when I have to turn around because 10 miles in I'm in a deal of pain, whereas I used to do a century in a day and smile. I do significantly better on a mountain bike, but I'm also switching positions, hitting jumps, climbing out of my seat, etc. so often that I think mixing it up helps. I try to vary it up
Recumbent bikes have always interested me and I've never really gotten serious about them until recently. I just began to think, I want to ride, what's stopping me? The thought of back pain despite having to constantly remind myself to be in the proper position. Ah, right.
Anyway, enough about that, same story most people here have I'm sure. My concern about recumbents is I know very little in terms of the quality of parts, brand names, etc. With mountain bikes and road bikes, I'm familiar enough with the component levels vs frame types vs whatever else to gauge whether a good deal is really a good deal.
Do the same level of components exist on recumbents? Are there any "gotcha" things to look out for? I'm considering on selling my 2011 Giant Defy 1, which retailed for 1100 when I bought it. Thing is, I don't want to trade something that I consider to be really, really nice to a recumbent that's pretty LOLable in quality. I looked on Craigslist and I found recumbents (unsurprisingly) ranging from 250 to 5,000... hence my concern about what kind of deal am I getting.
Knowledge is power. That's my current downfall. Any tips?