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Old 05-07-03, 03:57 AM   #1
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Need bent advice

I am a roadie and MTB rider with great enthusiasm for all types of bikes. My dad is currently in the market for a recumbent. Not only will it be his first bent but also his first bike in many years. I have given him some advice but when it comes to the recumbents I really dont know too much. If I get a few basic questions answered that would be great.

Do you fit a bent similarly to a traditional bike?
Do they come in size increments?
What other concerns are there when picking out a bent?

He is interested in working up too some long rides and possible tours. The two bikes he has checked out has the RANS Velocity Squared and Stratus. I told him they both looked geat for his purpose based on my limited bent knowledge. but as with any bike buy what fits best.

Please help us. Thanks.

BTW Price range is 1500 or less
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First for that price range you can find a decent selection. Vision, Burley & Rans come to mind right off.

As far as fit is concerned about the only thing he'll need to be really concerned with is crank arm lenght. A 'bent is very adjustable when it comes to distance between the rider and the crank set. On most you can adjust both the seat and the main boom tube. Unlike on a wegie it is just the seat height.

some other concerns is wheel size and long, medium and short wheel base models. Try to find a decent recumbent dealer in your area for more help.
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Hope you don't mind the cut and paste.......

"Do you fit a bent similarly to a traditional bike?" No, stand over height is not an issue on recumbents. To fit a bent you need to find your X-Seam measurement. Sit flat on the floor, with your back against a wall legs stretched out, measure from the soles of your feet to the wall. This is your X-seam. Just like uprights you can change handle bars and adjust the stem for a better fit.

"Do they come in size increments?" Yes, most bents are very adjustable. But if you put a tall rider on too small a frame, or the other way around. You may end up with a bike that handles poorly. The front wheel may not carry enough weight or too much. It can really affect the way the bike handles.

"What other concerns are there when picking out a bent?" For the most part most of the builders have sorted out problems with there bikes. Some of the newer builders may still have bugs in there bikes. One thing I try to avoid is special parts that can only be bought from the builder of the bike.

The RANS Velocity Squared and Stratus are fine bikes, you may also want to look at Easy Racer, Vision and Burley.
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There is an informative "FAQ" button in the left column of the home page that may address some of your questions.

Near the bottom of the same page is a button labeled "Previous Issues, Bike and Product Reviews". Clicking it will drop down a long list of articles including one near the top titled "Best Bent?" Read this then explore the other articles for in-depth product reviews.

Hope this helps.
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All the previous suggestions are great. The biggest mistake people make is lack of "seat on the saddle" before buying a bent. Every attempt should be made to ride, borrow, rent, however it can be done, at least one before attempting to buy.

Reading the reviews in BROL will be helpful, but no more so than any of our replies to the question. What is your City and State?let's see if there is a LBS in your area that has recumbents. Any LBS owner knows you have to have "saddle" time, and will make every effort to give that opportunity to a prospective buyer. Some that are close to bike trails, paved ones that is, will even rent them for a day or half day.

If that fails, there is always the possibility that there is someone near you who might be inclined tolet you borrow theirs, or accompany you for a ride.

Most of us "bentheads" are passionate about these incredible machines, and go out of our way to initiate another into the "wonderful world of recumbents." Send me an email if all else fails and let'ssee if there is anyone near you.

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