Hi all....Newbie Ginny here.
I want to try a 'bent. I SAGed for a group of 7 cyclist around southern Colorado this week. 3 recumbents and 4 DF...steep climbs, high winds, long days, gorgeous route. The 3 'bent riders were the ones that seemed to have the best time riding. I used to ride a DF but have been plagued by knee issues and two surgeries on my right knee. I use my DF on a cyclops trainer, but I am so not looking forward to getting my sit bones back to snuff for riding long distances. I had JUST gotten my first metric century under my butt when my knee cartilage decided to escape it's original place on the femur.
So, I really want to try a 'bent. But I don't want to spend $$$$ to find out I hate it.
There is an inexpensive Maxxam in my area, $350.
Please tell me why this would NOT be the 'bent to try.
I have sat on several and one thing I do know already, I need the pedals to be behind the front wheel. I like the long wheelbase. The shorter base that has the pedals forward of the front wheel has me laying down too much and that just makes me too nervous to ride.
I don't know what model the Maxxam is, but it looks much like the RANS Stratus my friend had on our ride. I really liked hers.
Tell me why the Maxxam isn't a good first try...
And thanks for helping a newbie.
Info that may help...
I'm female, 47, knee issues, I coach roller derby, I'm afraid of traffic. (in one 7 mile trip, I was spit on, yelled at, and a group of people in a pick up snuck up on me and blasted the horn at 3 feet from my back wheel~sometimes people suck)
Ginny in Denver CO