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ReBike 818

Old 08-25-13, 02:35 PM
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ReBike 818

One of these showed up on our local CL https://lasvegas.craigslist.org/bik/3892982495.html. It probably hasn't sold in part because the owner can't spell "recumbent" properly. It looks interesting but the one-piece crank screams "cheap". It has the lowest MSRP I have ever seen for a recumbent. According to Bikepedia, the 1995 model sold for $530 but by 1998 had declined to $380. Some of the owners seem to like them. I wonder what it weighs?
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It would really depend on what you are looking for; that being said, I wouldn't recommend it. In Los Vegas I recall things being spread oput and this looks more like a "comfort" bike. It is not a strong recumbent positoin and I doubt it would be good for riding long distances.

To be frank, it looks like a poor design complemented by poor construction and low quality components. However, I look more for distance oriented designs. If all you want to do is ride a coupe of blocks, I suspect it would be fine and a better choice than driving a car.
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Rebike was strictly dept-store-quality. "Industrial" would be a more complimentary term. Expect it to weigh 45-55 pounds. I'd looked at them when I was researching for my first 'bent, but some things just aren't worth getting no matter how cheap they are.

The price drop probably coincided to Sears buying them out. Within a year, they'd quietly dropped the brand.
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If it's close by, take it for a test drive. I agree that $150 for a bad recumbent isn't worth it, but if it turns out to be an "o.k. bent" for guests or whatever, then $150 might be a steal (or less if you talk them down).
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These bikes make rather comfortable fast and cool e-bike conversions. I've got one with a NineContinent 2805 front hub motor on it and it cruises nicely around 25mph. A cool e-rat-bike for "around town".
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