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Old 03-14-16, 02:13 PM
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Lightfoot Cycles

Does anybody here own a Lightfoot Cycles Recumbent? I just found out they went out of business. I have several and love them. I am kind of wondering how much they would be worth now that they are out of business.
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Old 03-15-16, 01:19 PM
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There is a thread over at BROL discussing the demise of Lightfoot. Unfortunately there is no info on why they went out of business. As far as bike values go, I guess it could go either way: The bikes could be considered collector's items now, or as white elephants. The main thing to keep in mind is that the seats and handlebars are proprietary.
I have a Rambler. If at some point I need to replace the seat assembly, I would have to search out a used Lightfoot cycle or see if I could use another bike company's seat. Or, go to a machine shop and see if they could replicate the original (big $$). There is a Ranger up for sale on the BROL classifieds right now. I'm hoping that the company will be resurrected soon.
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Old 03-15-16, 08:43 PM
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trestlehed thanks for your response. Is it possible for you to post a link to the thread on BROL. I cannot seem locate it. I went hogwild with Lightfoot and own 5 of their bikes. I would love to read more about them. Thanks
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Old 03-15-16, 08:47 PM
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There's no need to panic because the company went out of business. I have two orphan bikes, a 1997 Iowa Linear long wheelbase and a circa 2002 Haluzak Horizon short wheelbase. Most of the parts are standard bike parts. I can still get some of the OEM specific parts from Bicycleman in Alfred NY for the Linear and Bill Haluzak has continued to make some parts for the Zak available.

A while back I looked at the specs for one of the Lightfoot bikes. They certainly weren't lighter than other similar models. It wasn't a brand that came up all that often on Bentrider which might be why they closed. Maybe there just wasn't enough demand. You can read reviews and comments at Bicycleman.
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Warranties are gone, which only affects the original owner. Other than that, nothing has changed.
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Personally for me, I'd avoid buying anything that I couldn't get parts for. As long as I could get parts (even through an after market supplier), I'd be OK.
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