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Bacchetta Giro 20 what to expect

Old 09-24-14, 06:11 PM
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Bacchetta Giro 20 what to expect

I'm looking into trading my df Cannondale for a Giro 20, I've owned a Catrike Expdedition but I'm not sure what to expect from a 2 wheel recumbent.

Just looking for a little insight.
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First, let me say that I love the Bacchetta bikes, and ride one myself. As for going from a trike to a Giro 20, the first thing to deal with is starting and stopping, and getting comfortable with the high bottom bracket. Getting started on a Giro is not like a diamond frame. You lock the brakes, plant your one foot on the pedal, push hard as you release the brakes, and make a 'wobbley' start. After you have done this a few hundred times, it gets easy. As for the rides, the Giro is a fun bike. Its a quick bike, and I find it to be comfortable for a long ride. I DID run into a bit of a problem with the Bacchetta 'stick' bikes, as the high bottom bracket caused me some trouble with an old back injury, and after a while I changed to a long wheel base recumbent built by Bacchetta, called a Bellandare. Like all of the Bacchetta bikes, it is high quality bike, well put together and fun and comfortable to ride with a turn of speed when you want it. Good luck with the Giro 20.

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Giro 20 should be just as comfy as a trike. Of course, you have to balance the beast, just like you do the C-dale, except different. Agree with T-tom that standing starts get much easier after the first hundred or so. Much more important on a 'bent bike than a DF to gear down in preparation for starting up again. Especially if the start will be at all uphill.
Lots of folks love the Giro 20. I might have bought one 8 years ago except that I would have had to wait a few weeks to have one shipped to the shop I was ordering through - RANS was able to ship a V-Rex immediately. Both bikes have great reputations and many fans.
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I just went from and ICE Sprint to a Giro 20. The biggest thing to get used to is the starting and stopping.. followed closely by holding a straight line up a hill. I still don't have either one down.. but I'm much more comfortable on the bike now that I was a few months ago when I got it. Occasionally I'll still swerve when I take one hand off the handlebars.

Not sure when I'll feel good about starting on an uphill.

I rode a lot of two wheeled recumbents the day I made the switch. The Giro was the last one I rode, and I knew it was the one. I was ready to go home without one before I rode it.

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This thread has my interest piqued.

Tired of the aches and pains of riding a DF, I've been seriously considering buying a Giro 20, and am absorbing any and all info/tips/tricks about them as I can.

I'm about three months from being able to afford one, and will be heading to Power On bikes as soon as I can.
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