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Old 07-16-10, 04:19 PM
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Lightning Recumbents anyone?

I was looking at the Lightning F40 and P38, great looking and apparently very fast bikes.

Does anyone have one and or know of any used ones for sale. I bet there are not many hitting the used cycle market?
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My bro 'n law got one about 5 or 6 years ago. It's been hanging in his garage for the last three. I'm not sure which model. I'll ask which one and if he'd like to sell it. He also lives in Wisconsin but frequently works in Russia, China, and Finland; hence his lack of time to ride it.
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Thanks Skijor,

please do ask and let me know. I am selling one of my road bikes and will be ready for a bent like the Lightning.
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Originally Posted by gkk2001
I was looking at the Lightning F40 and P38, great looking and apparently very fast bikes.

Does anyone have one and or know of any used ones for sale. I bet there are not many hitting the used cycle market?
The best place to watch is the Bentrideronline Classifieds:
https://www.bentrideronline.com/messa...splay.php?f=10
and the Recumbents.com For Sale listings:
https://www.recumbents.com/Forsale.asp

Lightnings don't show up often and they sell quickly when they do appear. They're low-production, well-liked machines. I like mine:
https://home.comcast.net/~jeff_wills/lightning/index.htm
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Originally Posted by Jeff Wills
Lightnings don't show up often and they sell quickly when they do appear. They're low-production, well-liked machines. I like mine:
https://home.comcast.net/~jeff_wills/lightning/index.htm
in a sea of carbon/alu/os tubing your bike is superbe
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There's a guy in my bike club who has a P-38 hanging in his garage. I keep trying to get him to sell it to me, but he's so scared of the way it handles that he's afraid of the liability in selling it to anyone. I'd be willing to sign a release...
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Originally Posted by mdiluca
in a sea of carbon/alu/os tubing your bike is superbe
Thank you... I'm seriously considering retiring it from "garage queen" status, removing and selling off the Campy parts, and putting it back on the road. I need to finance another project... and the wife's being tight with the money.
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I have a P-38 that I am not riding and am willing to sell...the handlebars are too high for me to see over, I am 5' 8 give or take. I am located in south central Kansas. Price? hoping for at least a thousand but can talk details.
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lightning FS for cheap?

My sketchy LBS has a lightning for sale for $550.. I'm thinking of talking him down and buying it.
Any thoughts? Too much/little? How do I determine the size?

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Originally Posted by benstar
My sketchy LBS has a lightning for sale for $550.. I'm thinking of talking him down and buying it.
Any thoughts? Too much/little? How do I determine the size?

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Which Lightning? And which bike shop? I might have the time to cruise over and eyeball it for you.
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Hey Jeff, I just up and bought it, $430. It has a little steering column issue, but not too bad. And some wild foot/crank strike which seems like it's just the design. And a little rust around some brazons.
But so cheapo! and with a zzipper fairing and stuff. I'll post a picture somewhere some time.
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We'd love to see a pic, benstar. Or *I* would, at least. Does it actually have hard interference (crank arm hits the front wheel,) or is it just heel strike?
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Originally Posted by benstar
Hey Jeff, I just up and bought it, $430. It has a little steering column issue, but not too bad. And some wild foot/crank strike which seems like it's just the design. And a little rust around some brazons.
But so cheapo! and with a zzipper fairing and stuff. I'll post a picture somewhere some time.
Foot-to-front wheel interference is part of the Lightning design. Once you're past 3 mph, it won't be a problem. It was never an issue for me.
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Jeff's right it's just when starting off. But because something is kinda wrong in the steerer-tube headset area, if I do hit the wheel on foot or cranks (and it can hit the cranks!) the handlebars get all wonky, which make recovery pretty impossible.
Pics are trapped on my camera at home, I'll get 'em soon.
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