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Old 05-25-12, 12:07 PM
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Anywhere in D/FW that rents recumbents?

The wife is having back issues and I think that a 'bent might be an option. Since she is not big on trying new things, there is NO WAY we are buying one without her trying it out first (and not just around the parking lot at the LBS). I know that RBM rents bikes but not recumbents. Any suggestions?
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This does not look very encouraging
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I'm in Ft. Worth and have a Rans Tailwind. Similar to this pic of one I found online:


We bought it a few years ago for my wife because of back issues, but she found the bent to be difficult in other ways she hadn't expected. Balancing is very differnet because you can't shift your weight around as readily. She was scared of it and didn't ride it much. I've ridden it a few times and never had any problems. Since then she has been to a chiropractor and can ride an upright bike again. We've recently bought a tandem and she seems to prefer that.

If you can't find anyplace closer to you to try a bent, you are welcome to drive over sometime and she can give it a spin. The Trinity river bike trails are only about 2 miles from my house. It hasn't been ridden in a few years, so I'll need some notice to give it a once-over. PM me if interested.

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If anyone does, or could point you to recumbent rental, it would be Richardson Bike Mart

https://bikemart.com/articles/rental-pg152.htm
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Just reread your post and saw the RBM disclaimer. Did you ask them for any sort of referral? I think I saw a used recumbent there this weekend.
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Old 06-10-12, 10:00 PM
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Whatever you do, stay away from RBM if you want to look at bents. All they do is denigrate you for even considering anything other than a 'real bike." Especially women seem to be treated this way. As crazy as it sounds, Easy Street recumbents in Austin is the best place to go go try an assortment of bents. I'd offer to let her try one of mine, but I don't know what you might be looking for. Bike's inc in Arlington frequently has a few bents around, as well as Plano.
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Old 06-11-12, 11:44 AM
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Originally Posted by aikigreg
Whatever you do, stay away from RBM if you want to look at bents. All they do is denigrate you for even considering anything other than a 'real bike." Especially women seem to be treated this way. As crazy as it sounds, Easy Street recumbents in Austin is the best place to go go try an assortment of bents. I'd offer to let her try one of mine, but I don't know what you might be looking for. Bike's inc in Arlington frequently has a few bents around, as well as Plano.
Thanks for that. Your response was most helpful. (Actually that goes for all the responses here.)
I know RBM gets a lot of negative press but we have always been treated fairly well there. But, I do get the sense that they could be a bit 'snobish' given the right circumstances.
There was an offer for us to come by and try someone's personal bike so we may do that. (The biggest problem is moving her past the "considering it" stage and into the "get serious about it" stage.)
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Old 06-12-12, 03:53 PM
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What style of bike did she ride before? Was she a hardcore roadie, MTB, or ride a comfort bike? We could probably help with some ideas as to what bikes to try if you can give us some more details.

My wife went from a "comfort" bike which hurt her knees after 25 miles and she had to walk up hills to a bent and instantly added 20 miles to her distance with no walking and no pain. She also really appreciates the way she gets to hold her head up and see the scenery while she rides. Bents aren't for everybody of course, but they made a difference for my wife.
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Originally Posted by aikigreg
My wife went from a "comfort" bike which hurt her knees after 25 miles and she had to walk up hills to a bent and instantly added 20 miles to her distance with no walking and no pain. She also really appreciates the way she gets to hold her head up and see the scenery while she rides. Bents aren't for everybody of course, but they made a difference for my wife.
My wife's main problem with the recumbent has been that she chose a model with fairly high cranks (I had suggested a BikeE, which is semi-upright), so she has to use clipless pedals to keep her feet in position. Being a new and not very strong rider, she had some slowdowns on inclines and toppled over when she couldn't remember how to unlock her feet. She's been to a chiropractor recently and is now able to ride an upright bike again. We've gotten a tandem, and I've fixed up her Miyata road bike with riser bars and a sprung saddle. So far everything but her back is aching after a ride. Once she builds some strength up, she may try the bent again for comfort on longer rides.
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Old 06-15-12, 01:19 PM
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That's too bad! Everyone is different. My wife recently switched from her lower bottom bracket bike to a high racer and took off immediately. She's logged more miles just this year than she did in the 5 years of owning the old one. She'll plow through stuff off road that makes me slow way down, too. Go figure!
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