Hey recumbent folks
I've recently been bitten by the recumbent bug.. a few friends have gotten them and after trying them out, I can really see the appeal. This summer I'd like to do bigger distance rides, but after about 30 miles on a traditional bike, my hands and butt are not happy. A recumbent seems like the obvious solution.
So I've been looking on craigslist for a good deal, but I don't know how much to spend. I'd rather not spend much more than 500, and even that would be a big investment for something I'm not sure I'll like. I see recumbents being listed for thousands which are definitely out of my price range, but not many being listed for 200 or less, which would be almost the "impulse buy" range. I can repair bikes, so a fixer-upper would be good, but it seems that is pretty uncommon.. all of the bikes I'm seeing are complete and pretty much ready to ride. Though I suppose I don't want to end up chasing down rare or hard to find parts
A friend has a bikeE recumbent with an air shock, and when I test rode that, it felt like I was riding an easy chair. The handling was also a lot better than my other friend's bent .. I felt like the bikeE was easy to get started on and comfortable too, so having very little experience, I've been looking for another one like it. There is a BikeE RX 27 speed recumbent being sold for $600 on craigslist right now, but I'm not sure if that is a good value or not, or if I will be able to easily resell it if I discover recumbent riding isn't for me.
Can you folks offer any advice? I'm checking the the wikipedia entry on recumbents to learn more about the differences between the different kinds.. surprisingly there's a lot of variety in designs. Hopefully I can figure out what might be best for me