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I Rode My First 'bent Today!

Old 03-02-06, 09:11 PM
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I Rode My First 'bent Today!

I just got back from my LBS, I rode a Burley Django. IT WAS AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE. I was a little squirrely at first, and kept putting my leg down on turns. After a few minutes though I got it figured out. Starting and stopping was a little confusing, but then I realized(by proxy of my girlfriend) that I could start in a lower gear and it'd make it a bit easier.
Woooo HOooooo. I have to transfer some money out of my account and pull my money from the "JUG" then I am buying my actionbent!
Cheers,
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Old 03-02-06, 09:18 PM
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The Django was so amazing that you are buying an Action Bent?
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Old 03-02-06, 10:42 PM
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Cool! Welcome to the world of recumbent bikes!
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Exciting is'nt it... and comfortable... you will never regret it. well, maybe never is a bit strong but I rarely ride my dimond frame any more. peace
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I did the same thing. When I first test rode a Corsa another customer was just coming into the store and told me not to try a bent unless I was ready to buy one. I just smiled and thought "Yeah, right". Went back and bought it the next day. I love it. The guy was right. Those who don't have bents have probably never tried one.

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The reason I am buying an Actionbent is because that is what I can afford. It is better than an EZ-1. Between being a photographer and a (soon to be) bent rider, I choose expensive hobbies.
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Old 03-04-06, 10:37 AM
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Yeah, Actionbent was my choice for the same reasons. Heck, I hadn't even ridden a bent prior to my purchase just knew I wanted one since the time I saw a dusty old LWB faired bent hanging from the ceiling of an old bike shop many years ago.

The Actionbent is a bit more challenging to a newbie than the EZ-x C/LWB, but it is much faster if that matters. Just become friends with the LBS mechanic or someone who can build-up, adjust, and service the Actionbent as these bikes are not as refined as the other makes. The only other bent purchase that would make sense in this price range is a used RANS rocket or even V-rex if you can find a great deal on it.
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Old 03-07-06, 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by blknwhtfoto
I just got back from my LBS, I rode a Burley Django. IT WAS AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE. I was a little squirrely at first, and kept putting my leg down on turns. After a few minutes though I got it figured out. Starting and stopping was a little confusing, but then I realized(by proxy of my girlfriend) that I could start in a lower gear and it'd make it a bit easier.
Woooo HOooooo. I have to transfer some money out of my account and pull my money from the "JUG" then I am buying my actionbent!
Cheers,
Mike
Mike, that's exactly the same experience I had when I rode my first recumbent on a test ride. I knew I had to have one.

After years of waiting, I finally got an Actionbent Jetstream II earlier this year. I had been looking at a Burley Django which was waiting for me in the LBS, but I never could come up with the $1,200 (marked down from $1400.) I'm sure the Django was a superior bike to my Actionbent, but am I very happy with my Jestream. It has it's weakpoints, like that roller-thingie that guides the chain under the seat. I ended up just running the chain through the tubes instead and using the roller as a support for the chain tubes.

I got the rack, but found that for commuting I could hang my backpack over the back of the seat quite neatly without it. Under the seat there is plenty of room to hang more storage, not to mention you can mount panniers with the rack.

The seat has a telescopic adjustment and is no longer the quick-release setup shown on the website. Much better. If you have a problem changing seat angle (due to stickiness,) unattach the seat from the adjustable tube and use a screwdriver to wiggle the tube to loosen it (it has an eye at the top where it attaches to the seat, just put the screwdriver through the hole like a "T" shape.)

Except for attaching the rear derailleur to the frame (it screws on and I didn't get the threads started right, had to have the LBS do it for 10 dollars,) I assembled the bike while watching TV and doing laundry, took my all day. Just about all you have to do is to slide in the front boom (not too far, you don't want to slide it in and out too much, it will scratch the paint,) run the brake/derailleur cables, put on the chain (chain length depends on your leg length,) attach the handlebars, seat, pedals and wheels. Everything else is pretty much already adjusted. Make sure everything is firmly attached and use lubrication on threads where indicated. Your LBS can do it all, trouble-free.

For me, getting used to the balance/steering at slow speeds has been challenging, but I'm getting better all the time. Also, my first few rides felt like I was developing my cycling legs all over again, but now I'm starting to get closer to my old average speed. Climbing hills is the biggest challenge because of the slow speed/balance issue, but as I said, I'm always improving.

On the flats and downhills, I can pick up some speed. Mostly, I feel that the reclined position is the most natural for me. I can't see myself going back to an upright, not for most of my riding.

When I stop at the store on my way home from work, as long as I can find room in my backpack storage area, I can really haul extra goods comfortably. So far, it's the best bicycle design I've ever owned.

Very, very happy.

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Rode and bought my first 'bent today, also. A 2000 Rans Tailwind. Similar to when my wife and I rode a tandem for the first time in the parking lot of the LBS: Felt as if we were going to fall over. We didn't then and I didn't today.
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I have no expereince with the Actionbent bikes, but from all that I have read - the Burley Django and the Actionbent will be very different in terms of build quality and potential hassles you might encounter. Please note I don't want/mean to say the Actionbents are not excellent bikes - it may just take more tweaking.

I have a Django and feel that the quality is outstanding. No flames please as I do think the Actionbents are nice looking and a great value - actually like the looks and reviews of the Tadpole myself.....
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Old 03-28-06, 12:37 AM
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I also test-rode my first recumbent on Saturday. I tried a number of them. In my price range, I liked the Burley Koosah and Jet Creek the best. Once we get the savings (I don't buy, if I can't pay off the credit card - unAmerican - I know), I'm thinking of getting one for a family bike. We have four riders in the family, and I think it will encourage everybody to ride more often. With different sized riders, I like the fact that the Burley seat adjusts on a bracket, and won't scratch the frame. The "Made in America" is nice too!

My Recumbent LBS doesn't stock the Jet Creek, but they had a used consignment on the floor. It looked almost new, and was fully equipped - fenders, kickstand, taillight, rear rack, and a front shield (which doesn't interest me). Without the front shield they were asking the same price as the new Koosah, with all the amenities, and the better components. Is that reasonable? He did hint that he'd negotiate.
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