Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Naperville, Illinois
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A few years ago I looked and found nothing (up and down the popular Fox River Trail west of Chicago). Several shops mentioned they used to rent bents at daily rates but no longer do. I would bet it will be hard to find recumbents for rent --and test riding for 10 min is not sufficient to determine if you like them, IMO. I had a 600+ mile trip coming up and wanted to check out recumbents. I expanded my geography and tried to negotiate with numerous shops for a two week rental rate and found myself looking at 14 x daily rates (hundreds of $$). I ultimately reasoned I would try to get a good deal on a used recumbent, --and sell it on to someone else after the trip. Even a small loss would be much cheaper than a $500+ two-week rental rate, --and maybe break even or profit. I kept it for two years, added some nice updates and eventually sold it at a profit.
David Green, Naperville, IL USA "The older I get, the better I used to be" --Lee Trevino
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