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Old 02-01-09, 10:04 AM
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Once you've gone 'bent' have you ever gone back?

I've owned a Tailwind for several years but there is this siren song that urges me to pick up a diamond frame again. Perhaps 'this time' I'll spend some money on a different Brooks / Alternative seat or spend the cash to get fitted by a professional. Maybe even purchase a custom frame in the process made specifically for my body.

Anyone else in the same boat?
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Originally Posted by courtesi View Post
I've owned a Tailwind for several years but there is this siren song that urges me to pick up a diamond frame again. Perhaps 'this time' I'll spend some money on a different Brooks / Alternative seat or spend the cash to get fitted by a professional. Maybe even purchase a custom frame in the process made specifically for my body.

Anyone else in the same boat?
When I got into cycling in April 2008, I bought a cheap hybrid. Comfort issues led to me buying a Bacchetta Agio LWB for commuting in July. For many months, I rarely rode the hybrid.

I have found that I can turn around and look behind me better on the upright bike. Yes, I use a mirror, but turning around is better. This allows me to ride through some hairy traffic with a bit more confidence.

So, I made some changes to the upright bike(new bars and Brooks saddle), and now do most of my commuting on the upright bike.

I still love my 'bent. I love the comfort and style. I will continue to ride it for longer rides, but I no longer see having a 'bent as necessary to riding.

Now that I can do longer rides on the upright, and can easily haul it on my car (I can't haul the 'bent), I'm planning on driving to Michigan to visit family (in the summer), then riding 60 miles to visit a friend, spend the night, and ride back the next day.

Oh, and my next bike will probably be a Surly LHT.
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Old 02-01-09, 12:58 PM
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My lowracer is the fastest and most comfortable bike I own but I have other bikes I acquired afterwards for features of riding and transport the bent is less adaptable to: the MTB for trail rides, the Pista for the shorter training rides or dash to the market, the folder for the serendipitous riding opportunities on a car trip with it stashed in the back. I'm usually in full kit on the bent but not usually so on the others, except for a helmet and maybe fingerless gloves.
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Old 02-01-09, 01:19 PM
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I tried my df a few times but it feels like I am going to tumble off forward. plus the cranks feel like they are about 50mm even though they are the same length.
Plus my butt hurt right away.
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Old 02-01-09, 01:54 PM
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There's no way on God's Earth that I would, or could, go back to DF bikes. I have major arthritis in my shoulders, and can take no weight on my arms. 'Bents are the only answer to my problems, and there is also the bonus of riding something different rather than following the herd. I only wish that more riders would discover the incredible comfort of 'bents. Even the best custom fit sessions can only make DFs tolerable, while 'bents mean that neck angles are right and allow perfect vision, their seat angles mean that the ribcage is open and not cramped - I could go on and on. DFs are torture.
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Old 02-01-09, 02:48 PM
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I hate to admit this, but I had a chance to pick up a 2005 Specialized Roubaix Pro with all new 2008 Campy components this week for less than I could have bought the group retail, so I bought it. Then, I rode it twice this week for a total of 50 miles.

Now, I haven't ridden an upright single bike since November of 2003 (I do ride an upright tandem) which is about 40,000 miles ago but I can see where I could get interested in riding a DF again. The bike was smooth, fast, and the handling is so easy. I could get addicted again, I think. However, my arthritic neck did complain a lot after the second ride, so I don't know...
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Old 02-01-09, 04:04 PM
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My bike isn't a true recumbent (Giant Revive). It has been my commuter for the last 4 years. Lately I've been perusing Craigslist for a full suspension mountain bike frame to make a townie out of. When I go mountain biking, I notice it works my upper body out more, and my legs in a different way. I thought since I ride street and path more than single track, I might like another commuter that gives my muscles a different workout.
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Old 02-01-09, 05:50 PM
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I went back for a time...

In the middle 80's, while I was living in Maryland I rode a DeFelice Bitubular Recumbent. It was a long wheelbase bike with a mesh seat, and had Sachs expanding drum brakes and biopace chainrings. Long and springy, 20" front wheel, 26" rear, but weighed about 50lbs as it was made of mild steel. I rode it for several years, and got tired of hauling it around and it's poor hill climbing ability (or mine???). So I sold it, and went to a Releigh Technum Aluminum commuter bike that I had for the next 14 years. It fit well, and was about impossible to break.

When we moved to Florida a few years ago, I was in the position to start riding to and from work so I bought an Actionbent Jetstream I, short wheelbase recumbent and rode it for about 4000 miles back and forth to work, until the guy ran over me with the tractor and dislocated my left knee.

After more than a year off bikes to heal up completely, I sold the Actionbent and bought a Catrike Trail recumbent trike. Man, I'll NEVER go back to a diamond frame again! The catrike is just too much fun to ride and I get on it weekends and run errands and ride for fun.

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Originally Posted by dcrowell View Post

I have found that I can turn around and look behind me better on the upright bike. Yes, I use a mirror, but turning around is better. This allows me to ride through some hairy traffic with a bit more confidence.

I found this also. It gives a different "feeling".
I still have one roadbike hanging in the garage, but it hasn't been out in over a year.
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Old 02-01-09, 06:33 PM
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As dcrowell said, I like my df for it's handling qualities, however on longer rides I enjoy the comfort of my bent.
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Old 02-01-09, 10:27 PM
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I kept my DF when I started commuting on my 'bent, expecting that I would use it for a backup. All I've done with it is scavenge a few parts for the 'bent. I just can't imagine going back to that seat for any kind of distance.
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Old 02-02-09, 04:27 AM
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Every now and again I think about a DF bike. But the reasons I have a 'bent are just too numerous for it to be a real consideration. IF I do ride my poor neglected DF again it will have to be when my back gets stronger and then I'll probably only use it for short jaunts downtown or something. Mostly because of ease of getting it out. My trike stays in the apartment and is a 15 min ordeal to wrestle out the door. Bike is kept in the bike room in the basement of the building and would be 3 min to get out. I think for distance rides and touring it will always be my trike. No saddle sores, no screaming wrists, no walking up hills, no crippling back. for my recumbent!
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Old 02-02-09, 11:21 AM
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I have ridden my wife's crank forward. My remaining DF needs to have the rear wheel trued and the tires replaced (the are flat and sat on the flat tires too long, I am not confident about them). I do enjoy my wifes bike though, the Rans Cruz.
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I own a Gold Rush, but most of my riding is still on DFs. I love the GRR for rides in the country and want to tour on it, but I can't leave it at a park and ride lot or put it on a bus. My mountain bike steals a lot of mileage from it too, especially in the summer.
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I enjoy both upright and recumbent bikes. It goes in waves a bit though, and at the moment I'm riding my uprights much more than my recumbent. In fact I'm considering selling the 'bent - there's nothing wrong with it, but my uprights just make me happy in a simple and uncomplicated way. With my bent, it's more complicated - it's certainly fun and comfortable, but it sucks in this car-dominated country and I also hate being last up every hill on group rides. On balance, I really don't know....
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A guy should get kissed for what a DF saddle does to him. I will stick to bents.
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I rode a P-38 for several years but sold it when I decided riding in this city wasn't worth the hassle. A couple years later, I wanted to ride again but couldn't afford another P-38, so I got an EZ-1. That bike was eventually stolen but it came after it had spent more time in the garage than out.

About five months ago, I started commuting on an old hybrid. I actually enjoyed riding that bike, especially short jaunts like running for some groceries, or a quick trip to the taco stand. But I was still having problems with numb hands on my commute. I decided to get a new bike that had "city" bars (a Jamis Commuter 3.0). It's a great bike, and I love the Nexus internal gear hub; however, despite trying several adjustments, I still am having problems with my hands. Today for the first time, I found myself longing for my P-38. Wish I had never sold that thing.
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I still ride my DF bikes. Mostly 2 folders and my mountain bike when I want to ride a trail. But whenever I do my regular training or do centuries/brevets I much prefer my Challenge Fujin. It is a "saaawweeet" bike.
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A guy should get kissed for what a DF saddle does to him.
Is that an offer?
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Originally Posted by courtesi View Post
I've owned a Tailwind for several years but there is this siren song that urges me to pick up a diamond frame again. ... Anyone else in the same boat?
Not me.

I gave away my last diamond frame shortly after I bought the first recumbent, and haven't ever wanted an upright bike since.

I did buy a RANS Fusion (semi-upright) a few years later, but only because so many people who had recumbents said it was so nice to ride. It is not very good for fast riding or for off-road use, but for moderate-speed cruising it does very well.
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Picked up a used Tailwind in the spring of 2006 and it has been my main ride, by far, until I upgraded to a new V-Rex this past August. The only significant upright miles I have put on since then have been on a tandem. We would consider a RANS tandem except that from all that I've heard, we would have a harder time 'bent getting up the worst of the Hills on the Hilly Hundred every Fall.
I swear I am going to get rid of at least one of my two hybrids this year.
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I still have a hybrid which I use for commuting, night rides and winter riding, all of which tend to be fairly short by nature. I occasionally find myself looking at a new wedgie, but then common sense takes over and I realize I wouldn't ride it enough to justify the expense.
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After switching out bars and saddle on my hybrid, it became my primary commuter. Now, I seem to have damaged the rear wheel, so once some snow clears, I'll be back on the 'bent.

However, I am participating in a two-day, 150-mile charity ride later this year. I will ride the 'bent for that one.
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Switched to my Vision when riding a DF became too painful. Much time has passed and the memories of those painful miles have faded.

When I see things like this, I think maybe...
pcad's new bike

But I know the old aches and pains would return. Maybe I should go by the LBS just to give it a go?
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I never gave up df even though I have now collected 6 bents. I still love my mtb, road, folder and ss bikes.
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