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    Senior Member Retro Grouch's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cousin Jack View Post
    Thanks, everyone..... well, since she drops me always in the hills, I guess a recumbent wouldn't be of any help to me...... Still might go "bent," though, just to accommodate my aching bones!
    Maybe - maybe not.

    The disadvantage of recumbents on uphills is the inability to stand on the pedals. If you don't do that, you'll probably climb at about the same rate on a recumbent as you do on a DF bike. I certainly do. You'll still have the aero advantage on the downhill and you'll have the comfort edge on long rides.
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    The Recumbent Quant cplager's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by phoebeisis View Post
    What about a standard bike
    with E- boost so your SO doesn't drop you uphill
    I think an e assist can make a lot of sense for a lot of different situations. Not a bad suggestion at all.
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    Don't take it personally. Tim Brummer markets his Lightning bikes the same way - claiming amazing feats of speed and climbing prowess. I don't believe those claims, either. That doesn't mean the bikes are dogs, just that the claims are over-blown. It doesn't hurt Cruzbike that Maria is a strong rider and Jim is pretty good, too.

    BTW, there is a Vendetta in our club. The guy bought it last fall, specifically because of Maria's RAAM performance. He has yet to take it on a club ride because he still can't deal with the pedal steer. I'm trying to get him to bring it to a ride and let me borrow it, just to test the claims. No luck so far. I figure that a 30-mile ride on one would either force me to learn it or kill me.

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    The Recumbent Quant cplager's Avatar
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    [QUOTE=BlazingPedals;16704731
    BTW, there is a Vendetta in our club. The guy bought it last fall, specifically because of Maria's RAAM performance. He has yet to take it on a club ride because he still can't deal with the pedal steer. I'm trying to get him to bring it to a ride and let me borrow it, just to test the claims. No luck so far. I figure that a 30-mile ride on one would either force me to learn it or kill me.[/QUOTE]

    I wonder if the vendetta is much harder to learn on than other Cruzbikes. (Lee had a Vendetta and didn't like it, but he loves his Silvio). Regardless, your plan is sound.
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    I respectfully submit the OP could resolve the issue with some structured training. Yeah, I know, n+1 and all, but there are other ways to get faster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cplager View Post
    I wonder if the vendetta is much harder to learn on than other Cruzbikes. (Lee had a Vendetta and didn't like it, but he loves his Silvio). Regardless, your plan is sound.
    Big difference in learning to ride. Now that I have put over 1k miles on the silvio I think I could handle the Vendetta.
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