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Old 05-04-11, 01:10 PM
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Value Bent?

I have always complained that my now 23 year old touring bike is pretty slow. The year before last I moved into an area where it's pretty easy to get from one place to another and run errands by bike. If I could shave off a significant about of time I could run more errands by bike than I do currently. I know the old argument about the engine, but when I have had to ride my spouses bike (After I have worked on it) I move a lot faster than on mine (hers was a more recent acquisition than mine, lighter and sleeker) - so it's NOT just the engine.

Since the area is pretty flat I was thinking a bent might be best for overall speed. I was looking at some of the bents with a small wheelbase and forward crank - Volae, Lighting, and Bacchetta. All bikes I have seen that use this geometry cost $1500 or more. I am a bit loath to spend that much money on a new style of bike that may or may not be what I am looking for. Are there any cheaper bents that use this same geometry? Have people had experience with them?

Thanks for your thoughts and suggestions

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Old 05-04-11, 02:27 PM
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$1500 is the ballpark 'entry-level' short wheelbase 'bent price. Mostly because they are made in relatively small numbers. Sun Bicycles makes a variety of 'bents that are cheaper than that, but am not aware of a current SWB model.
My first recumbent was on the classifieds of the local bike club's website, at a price below $500. Used bikes are available at more-easily-digested prices but, again, there are fewer of them than of upright bikes.

Take a look at RANS bikes, too - they make a couple of SWB's.
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Old 05-04-11, 02:37 PM
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Unless you're already fairly fast, and you get a racing-style 'bent, you probably won't see a speed increase on one. The reason being, you have to be traveling at >16 or 18 mph to get any aero benefit, and an entry-level bent isn't going to have light weight and aerodynamics going for it in the first place. If you just want to try recumbents, I suggest looking for a RANS Rocket. You should be able to find one for $600-800 with a minimum of searching.
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Old 05-05-11, 09:07 AM
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
Unless you're already fairly fast, and you get a racing-style 'bent, you probably won't see a speed increase on one. The reason being, you have to be traveling at >16 or 18 mph to get any aero benefit, and an entry-level bent isn't going to have light weight and aerodynamics going for it in the first place. If you just want to try recumbents, I suggest looking for a RANS Rocket. You should be able to find one for $600-800 with a minimum of searching.
Dunno about the Rocket, but my first 'bent was a RANS VRex - essentially a Rocket with a 26" rear wheel. Great starter bike. I recommend it very highly. You should be able to find one in the same price range.

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Old 05-06-11, 01:06 PM
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I just bought my first bent bike (already had a trike) for under $500. If you can be both diligent and patient, good deals will come along.
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Old 05-06-11, 01:54 PM
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Anything used
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Old 05-06-11, 04:45 PM
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Used is the only way to get a 'bent for cheap. You have to be diligent, patient, and lucky.
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Old 05-07-11, 05:52 AM
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Bacchetta has a community forum that includes a classified area https://www.bacchettabikes.com/ then there is bent rider online as well for a couple of places to start your search. https://www.bentrideronline.com/
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Old 05-07-11, 05:59 AM
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We've got the CHEAPEST, NEW bent made, the Sun EZ-1 SX, brand new $750 but it's a CLWB and it's NOT fast! Still, if your using it for "commuter/utility" purposes, it's a GREAT little machine for that usage. Not sure why you worry about "FAST" if you just using it for utility or bit of commuting. My main bent is a Sun EZ-Sport AX about $1400 new, they make a little heavier version for UNDER $1000, the Sun EZ-Sport CX, it's a LWB but would make a EXCELLENT commuter/utility bent, (20/26 wheel combo), FWIW, YMMV, JMHO.
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Used is the way to go. If your anywhere NJ, there's a Rans Rocket on craigslist for $450. https://cnj.craigslist.org/bik/2427801756.html (If I hadn't bought a used F5 a few years back, I'd be buying it rather than telling you about it.)
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Actionbent (online) sells some low-end bents (<$1000) mail-order. In the past the products have been a bit crude, not surprising considering the price tags. You'd need to look for current reviews online to see how the models do in real-world use.
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Old 06-17-11, 04:13 PM
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I just picked up a used 2004 Bacchetta Strada off of Craigslist for $600. I had to cast my net a little wider than the local scene to find it, being that bents in general are not all that common, and had to drive about 8 hours round trip to pick it up, but they are available. Mine even came with an unused carbon fiber seat, with is a $450 option new from Bacchetta just by itself.

If you want to go used, and have tried searching Craigslist on a national basis, you know Craigslist is just not set up to search in that fashion. I found a Craigslist search agrigator program that worked quite well for free on www.download.com. It was called Criagslist Reader Pro, and it allows you to search multiple states and cities all at one time, as opposed to city by city. I just searched my local state as well as the surrounding states until I found the bike that I wanted in my price range. Here is a link to where you can download the program:

https://download.cnet.com/Free-Craigs...ml?tag=mncol;1

It worked great!

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Old 06-18-11, 08:37 PM
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A used EZ Sport would be a thing to really consider. With the right tires they will move pretty well. Not as good as a road bike, but it will do well for errands. Real comfortable ride, too. I've seen them on CL from $650 to 900. bk
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I had a Sun EZ-1 for a bit of time. It is not fast as said earlier, but it is probably one of the most comfortable relaxing bicycles I have ever been on, plus they can hold up to 300lbs. I recently purchased an Action Bent. Now I have not put hundreds of miles on it right yet but what I have done I do like. Plus, if you get one you can always upgrade it piece by piece. Or if you don't like it, well your not out that much money compared to the other companies. As I said before I like mine but one day I hope to get a swb low racer, so this one will do just fine. This bent might be my gateway drug for other recumbents.
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If you have the mechanical ability to put your own together, you can go the route of a 'kit' bike, like what A.D. Carson sells.

https://sites.google.com/site/recycledrecumbents/home

His bikes are basically TourEasy 'clones.' As such, they have a fairly upright seating position which is good for visibility in traffic, low pedal height for easy of starting and stopping, and long wheelbase for comfort.
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The RANS Formula LE probably has the best bang for the buck going in the field of recumbents. BTW it has an aluminium frame too.
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