Thinking of a bent...should I take the plunge?
I've talked to a couple of folks riding bents and am toying with the idea of buying one.
I'm 57 and my knees are starting to feel their age. Heck, ALL of me is starting to feel my age :) I've been riding since high school and am thinking that it's time to make the move to a bent...I just need to be sold on the benefits of doing so.
So, my question: Before I go out and spend big bucks, what can I look forward to? Will my knees, back, and neck thank me for it?
The nearest bent shop to me is about 3 hours away in Vienna, VA, so I'd like to get as much info as I can before making the trip to go see them.
Have you considered a used recumbent?
Get ready for some serious sticker shock particularly if you are only going to consider a brand new recumbent. If you can find a used recumbent at a reasonable price you might be a little less shocked. It's also the way to reduce the possibility of buying a recumbent and then finding out it is not the right one for you. If you buy it second hand and then pass it on you lose a lot less money. Of course, finding one locally may be hit and miss. I've bought new and used. The best deals were on used recumbents. There's one I bought new that I wish I hadn't.
If you are really lucky you will find someone who is selling at a tremendous loss and it will be your gain. I just spotted a Catrike Villager trike for sale in town with an asking price of $950. It is in a wealthy part of town so I don't think it might be stolen. Probably somebody who bought it on a whim and found out exercise is still hard, no matter what you ride. It is 2 years old and according to the ad, the owner rode it about 50 miles. The current price at Utah Trikes is "starting at" $2350 and does not include sales tax or shipping. I would expect a buyer could resell it for several hundred dollars more if he didn't like it and would list it on some recumbent site such as bentrideronline.com. In contrast, there is a decade old BikeE CT listed for $750 at the same time. Anyone who pays that much for the cheapest version of BikeE is nuts. I've seen the same model listed for $200-$300 (and I still wouldn't buy it!).