Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Recumbent What IS that thing?! Recumbents may be odd looking, but they have many advantages over a "wedgie" bicycle. Discuss the in's and out's recumbent lifestyle in the recumbent forum.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-03-14, 02:17 PM   #1
AerobaticDreams
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Oviedo, Florida
Bikes: 2009 Bianchi Roadie,1977 Columbia Roadie, Marin Muirwoods 29er, Trek 830, Centurion LeMans, Rans V-Rex
Posts: 174
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
How Many 'Bents Do I Need...?

OK, I am slowly but surely rolling on my V Rex, and I began to wonder how many 'Bents will I actually need overall...?

For DF cycles, I have a 29er, a MTB, a couple of Road bikes. They all serve a differing purpose. I suppose in some ways my V Rex fills the road bike slot...but why do folks get LWB, Hi Racers, etc? I suppose I want to do some day touring down the road and be able to do club rides. LWB frames just look good to me also. For instances: in DF, many people love their Long Haul Trucker for commuting and touring. Is there any equal among the 'Bent world?


How many 'Bents do the rest of you have, and why?
AerobaticDreams is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-14, 03:01 PM   #2
VegasTriker
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Sin City, Nevada
Bikes: Catrike 700, Greenspeed GTO trike, , Linear LWB recumbent, Haluzak Horizon SWB recumbent, Balance 450 MTB, Cannondale SM800 Beast of the East
Posts: 1,261
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 23 Post(s)
The answer is N+1 which means you will be on an eternal quest for just one more! Recumbency is an affliction manifest by the symptoms of never having the right one or enough of them. Watch out, it is easily transmissible.
VegasTriker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-14, 04:34 PM   #3
Retro Grouch 
Senior Member
 
Retro Grouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Bikes: Rans Rockst (Retro rocket) Rans Enduro Sport (Retro racket) Catrike 559, Merin Bear Valley (beater bike).
Posts: 26,614
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 88 Post(s)
You own 5 DF bikes and a V-Rex.

I'm thinking your question has either a simplistic answer or else the answer is going to be impossible. Vegas gave the appropriate answer if it's you who is asking. If your wife is the one whose really doing the asking, you're on your own.

Good luck by the way.
__________________
My greatest fear is all of my kids standing around my coffin and talking about "how sensible" dad was.
Retro Grouch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-14, 05:33 PM   #4
AerobaticDreams
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Oviedo, Florida
Bikes: 2009 Bianchi Roadie,1977 Columbia Roadie, Marin Muirwoods 29er, Trek 830, Centurion LeMans, Rans V-Rex
Posts: 174
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
You own 5 DF bikes and a V-Rex.

I'm thinking your question has either a simplistic answer or else the answer is going to be impossible. Vegas gave the appropriate answer if it's you who is asking. If your wife is the one whose really doing the asking, you're on your own.

Good luck by the way.
Actually...we rented Catrikes for my wife's birthday and she liked it....which is what got me thinking! My wife's usual answer is to walk the other way and not want to know.....
AerobaticDreams is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-14, 06:04 PM   #5
cplager
The Recumbent Quant
 
cplager's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Norwalk, CT
Bikes: 2012 Cruzbike Sofrider, 2013 Cruzigami Mantis
Posts: 3,017
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by VegasTriker View Post
The answer is N+1 which means you will be on an eternal quest for just one more! Recumbency is an affliction manifest by the symptoms of never having the right one or enough of them. Watch out, it is easily transmissible.
This. + 1.
cplager is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-14, 06:41 PM   #6
MikeWMass
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: western Massachusetts (greater Springfield area)
Bikes: Velosolex St. Tropez, LeMond Zurich (spine bike), Rotator swb recumbent, Cignal tandem
Posts: 503
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
How many do you need? 1 or none, depending on what you are doing and (as above) who is asking. How many do you want, or how many would you use, are separate questions.
MikeWMass is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-14, 10:58 PM   #7
Jeff Wills
Insane Bicycle Mechanic
 
Jeff Wills's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: other Vancouver
Bikes:
Posts: 7,942
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 15 Post(s)
I have a LWB Gold Rush, and SWB Lightning, and my streamliner in the garage. And the wife's Gold Rush. We used to have Tour Easies, too.

It's a good thing my finances are limited right now. I want a highracer. And a lowracer. And a trike. And a leaning trike. And a velomobile.

__________________
Jeff Wills

Comcast nuked my web page. It will return soon..
Jeff Wills is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-14, 07:01 AM   #8
iamtheeggman
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Bikes:
Posts: 7
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've been playing with recumbents for about 14 years. Over that period, I have purchased 6 recumbents, several used, all of which I still have. These include: the first V-Rex I bought new, that needs a little welding on the frame; the ill-fated Trek 40-speed; a newer V-Rex; a Cycle Genius LWB; a Volae Club Hi-Racer; and a Bacchetta Giro (which is my usual around-town ride). About 3 of these I currently ride regularly, but the others I might get a hankering to ride when I've got the time. I have a few diamond frames sitting around too (one of which I've owned since college in the 70's), only one of which I currently ride regularly. I've found that if I get rid of a bike, I'll probably decide I want a similar one later. Recumbents aren't like ass-splitter df's. The designs still haven't settled down and they're all a little different, which is part of what makes it fun. The woman in my life laughs I've got all these bicycles, but only one butt! The way I look at it, it's not illegal and it's my damn money, and I'll do what I want. If it's an addiction, it's better for me than drinking. It's not like hoarding animals, the ASPCA isn't coming to my house for maltreatment of bicycles (all of which are safely stored out of the weather btw). So, get as many as you want. I've still never bought a trike or a really good LWB...
iamtheeggman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-14, 08:00 AM   #9
rydabent
Senior Member
 
rydabent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Lincoln Ne
Bikes: RANS Stratus TerraTrike Cruiser
Posts: 5,699
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 122 Post(s)
You "need" "just" one more!
rydabent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-14, 02:50 PM   #10
delcrossv 
Senior Member
 
delcrossv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Scalarville
Bikes:
Posts: 1,459
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I get by with just two...um I mean three.. um and a streamliner, but that's the kids'.....that doesn't include a velomobile, does it?......
__________________
Lightning P-38 / M5 M-Racer/Ryan Vanguard
delcrossv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-14, 07:25 PM   #11
BlazingPedals
Senior Member
 
BlazingPedals's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Middle of da Mitten
Bikes: Trek 7500, RANS V-Rex, Optima Baron, Velokraft NoCom, M-5 Carbon Highracer, homebuilt recumbent
Posts: 8,899
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 76 Post(s)
If you're drawing analogies to the Safety Bike world, the V-Rex is more of a flat-bar road bike. It's a good all-arounder; neither slow nor especially fast. A highracer might be the performance equivalent of a good roadie, and a lowracer would be like a TT bike. Minus the comfort issues, since even my NoCom is supremely comfortable even for back-to-back centuries. A long wheelbase will be more like a touring bike, with the longer wheelbase giving an inherently smoother ride.
BlazingPedals is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-14, 10:15 AM   #12
delcrossv 
Senior Member
 
delcrossv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Scalarville
Bikes:
Posts: 1,459
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
If you're drawing analogies to the Safety Bike world, the V-Rex is more of a flat-bar road bike. It's a good all-arounder; neither slow nor especially fast. A highracer might be the performance equivalent of a good roadie, and a lowracer would be like a TT bike. Minus the comfort issues, since even my NoCom is supremely comfortable even for back-to-back centuries. A long wheelbase will be more like a touring bike, with the longer wheelbase giving an inherently smoother ride.
Interesting analogy, although the kid is lusting after a CHR for TT's. I'd probably group drop chain HR's and LR's into the TT/Racing category.
__________________
Lightning P-38 / M5 M-Racer/Ryan Vanguard
delcrossv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-14, 07:32 AM   #13
rydabent
Senior Member
 
rydabent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Lincoln Ne
Bikes: RANS Stratus TerraTrike Cruiser
Posts: 5,699
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 122 Post(s)
I feel that I have the world by the tail having a recumbent bike, a Rans Stratus, and a trike, a Terratrike Cruiser. As far as I am concerned, I feel that I have the best of both worlds. The Stratus goes on longer rides, and out on the hiways with the bike club. The trike is my in town bike path ride and sometimes if the wind is high.

If I had the money, I would buy a Rans crank forward bike for trails.
rydabent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-14, 12:04 PM   #14
bent-not-broken
back in the saddle
 
bent-not-broken's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Central WI
Bikes: Raleigh Olympian, Trek 400, 500, 1500, 6700, Madone 6.9, Sekai 2400, Schwinn Passage, KOM, Super Letour, Nishiki Sport, Vision R45, Bike E, Volae Team
Posts: 628
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I think you need a minimum of two - a road bike and a trail bike which for me is a Volae Team and a Bike E. Oh and a VR-45 for touring.
bent-not-broken is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-14, 09:03 AM   #15
Dudelsack 
A might bewildered...
 
Dudelsack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Loovul
Bikes: Bacchetta Giro ATT 26; Lemond Buenos Aires
Posts: 6,345
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have a SWB, a Bacchetta Giro ATT. I'd like a LWB, something like a Bella.
__________________
Signature line for rent.
Dudelsack is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:45 AM.