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Finally bought a recumbent: and '03-'04 RANS Velocity Squared--any one else have one?

Old 02-05-10, 06:29 PM
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Finally bought a recumbent: and '03-'04 RANS Velocity Squared--any one else have one?

Picked up a V2 from a private party in Orange County via Craigslist. Red, fenders, rack, cyclometer, bar mirror, good condition, but will need new chainrings, chain and rear cluster soon as they look worn. Paint/frame (steel) is in very good shape and I have ridden it a few times. I am surprised at how light this bike is, as it looks as it should be heavier.

As I had never ridden a recumbent before, it was interesting riding one for the first time. I felt very akward, but I picked things up fast. It is scary when trying to start off on a slight uphill, but I feel with practice confidence will come. As for the tiller effect on up hills, well I didn't notice much but perhaps this is because I had been forewarned about this and I have always tried to ride without too much upper body motion.

The thing needs some re-adjustment as I have been goofing around with it to check the shifting but when the weather clears a little I will get out on it on the flats for a while, even if I have to drive there and then ride.

Also, did you know that a V2 will fit into the back of a Prius, provide the back seats are folded down and that you remove the front wheel and seat of the bike? It is a hassle but it works. And no, I have not had any problems with lack of brakes or unwanted acceleration with our Prius!

Does anyone else have a V2 or its current incarnation, the RANS Formula LE (which is aluminum)?
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Old 02-05-10, 06:41 PM
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I have an '08 Rans V3, which is a similar bike with a 26" front wheel. I'm very pleased with it so far.
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[QUOTE=foehn;10367305]
. It is scary when trying to start off on a slight uphill, but I feel with practice confidence will come.
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Yes, that is a common feeling as you get used to the bike. Still feeling it just a little bit on my V3 that was new in October - I have never felt it much on my SWB V-Rex.

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Cool! I was very interested in all of the recumbent-learning comments.

President's Day, weather permitting, Mrs. grouch and I are planning a trip to Hays to test ride a Seavo. Having zero recumbent experience, this might be an adventure. We have a lot of tendem experience, so maybe it won't be too bad. I'm really stoked to make the trip.
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I have a 2004 V2 Formula. It has taken a while to get accustomed to starting on slight inclines. I've had it about 4 months, and I still sometimes have to stop and restart. Once I started shifting into the correct gear when stopping, it was a lot easier. Enjoy your new ride.
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Ahhh, correct downshifting--this is something I automatically did on my diamond frame, but now have to totally re-think about on the recumbent. I also need to re-think which leg will be the starting leg; it just seems that things are so different.
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I encountered someone on a velocity squared last fall while I was riding my V-Rex and chatted with him a bit. He was very new to 'bents and was riding the local MUP to practice. The riding position was very similar to the V-Rex. The V2 is a nice looking bike, the rider was quite happy with it.
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