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Bacchetta Carbon Aero 2.0 or EZ Speedster for a first recumbent

Old 06-04-20, 06:35 PM
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Bacchetta Carbon Aero 2.0 or EZ Speedster for a first recumbent

I have ridden a diamond frame road bike and a mountain bike off an on for 15 yrs. Will usually do a 40 mile for my long ride on the weekend and try and do a couple 20-30 milers during the week. Once a year I will participate in my local annual bike ride and do a 55 miler. But that's about it for now, may do the 72 mile version in a couple years, or even a century if I I keep riding regularly. I am getting tired of the shoulder, arm, neck and butt pain when sitting on a diamond frame bike. Even after all these years I have never gotten used to them. Now that I am getting old I just want to ride comfortably, speed is not an issue. Plus I don't ride in big groups in pace lines any more. I have been thinking about selling my Mountain bike and getting into a recumbent. Obviously not having ridden one I went through the forums and read up on the various models. Followed up by local searches to see what's available in the local used market.
I have the EZ speedster ($450) and the Bacchetta ($1200) both available online. Which one do you think makes a better choice for a new rider. I feel like the Bacchetta is more of a commitment, but if I like it I will never have to upgrade. The EZ I feel is a good economical test bike but if I start to like it I will get the urge to upgrade to a better bike soon. I was hoping to keep the bike within the $1000 range but I am realizing good recumbents are very expensive.

And do the prices look reasonable?

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Old 06-04-20, 07:26 PM
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Ok price on the Sun. Very good price on the Bacchetta. Those are two pretty different bikes.
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Walmart or Bike Shop?

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I have ridden a diamond frame road bike and a mountain bike off an on for 15 yrs. Will usually do a 40 mile for my long ride on the weekend and try and do a couple 20-30 milers during the week. Once a year I will participate in my local annual bike ride and do a 55 miler. But that's about it for now, may do the 72 mile version in a couple years, or even a century if I I keep riding regularly. I am getting tired of the shoulder, arm, neck and butt pain when sitting on a diamond frame bike. Even after all these years I have never gotten used to them. Now that I am getting old I just want to ride comfortably, speed is not an issue. Plus I don't ride in big groups in pace lines any more. I have been thinking about selling my Mountain bike and getting into a recumbent. Obviously not having ridden one I went through the forums and read up on the various models. Followed up by local searches to see what's available in the local used market.
I have the EZ speedster ($450) and the Bacchetta ($1200) both available online. Which one do you think makes a better choice for a new rider. I feel like the Bacchetta is more of a commitment, but if I like it I will never have to upgrade. The EZ I feel is a good economical test bike but if I start to like it I will get the urge to upgrade to a better bike soon. I was hoping to keep the bike within the $1000 range but I am realizing good recumbents are very expensive.

And do the prices look reasonable?
That is the choice, IMHO. The Sun is Walmart, the Bachetta is the one you would stick with and ride comfortably. If you ever decide to sell, you can get lots more money out of the Bachetta. Itís lighter, well made, probably easier to transport, need I say faster?. Take the leap, let us know how it works out.

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Bacchetta has an adjustable seat angle. It would be easier to learn with the seat more upright, and much faster once the skills are learned and with the seat angle lower. The Sun will be easier to learn right away but its speed will be holding you back after a few months. If you are never going to worry about speed, choose the Sun, otherwise choose the Bacchetta.
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Regrettably the Bacchetta is sold. So I continue my quest. There is a Giro A20 for sale but $1k might be too high for that.
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If you have no recumbent experience a long wheelbase bike is easier to learn to ride.There are a lot o easy racers clones available inexpensively but they are a little long to be transported easily on a rear rack on a car. I learned on Rans Rocket dual 20 inch short wheelbase and it was a little intimidating at first. You can find them on ebay or bentrideronline starting at 400$ or so. I don't think I would have made the jump had I started on dual 26 or 700 wheels.
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