Recumbents, where are they?

Discussion in 'Recumbent bicycles' started by Duram, Jan 22, 2006.

  1. Duram

    Duram Guest

    Just came from a trip to Orlando and NY and after visiting lots
    of BIG bikes stores I could not find one bent to sell, how bents are
    going to be future bikes if nobody cares about them?
     
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  2. Duram ? wrote:
    > Just came from a trip to Orlando and NY and after visiting lots
    > of BIG bikes stores I could not find one bent to sell, how bents are
    > going to be future bikes if nobody cares about them?


    Most big bicycle stores have done poorly at selling recumbents due to
    disinterest or dislike on the part of most of the staff [1]. The
    successful shops are the ones who specialize in recumbents.

    It is hard to get a handle on recumbent sales, since there is no
    reporting mechanism and most manufacturers do not release verified
    sales figures, but 20,000 to 30,000 per year or approximately 1 to 1½%
    of the quality bicycle market is a common estimate.

    [1] Often younger racers who are working for lower wages and wholesale
    prices on bikes, parts and accessories.

    --
    Tom Sherman - Fox River Valley (For a bit)
     
  3. NYC XYZ

    NYC XYZ Guest

    Johnny Sunset wrote:
    >
    >
    > Most big bicycle stores have done poorly at selling recumbents due to
    > disinterest or dislike on the part of most of the staff [1]. The
    > successful shops are the ones who specialize in recumbents.


    I like to say that as The Capital of the World, if it ain't here in New
    York, it don't exist!

    But it's absolutely puzzling how come, with all the tree-huggin' vegan
    yuppie gay commies we have -- heh-heh -- there's not one 'bent store in
    the City. Moreover, the closest one is 300 miles away!

    In Jersey there is still NorthEast Recumbents, which is an hour away by
    public transportation, but unfortunately the owner is planning to close
    for good soon. =(

    (There's another one in central Jersey somewhere, though.)

    > It is hard to get a handle on recumbent sales, since there is no
    > reporting mechanism and most manufacturers do not release verified
    > sales figures, but 20,000 to 30,000 per year or approximately 1 to 1½%
    > of the quality bicycle market is a common estimate.


    I must admit to about as much surprise (as I do that NYC has got no
    'bent shops) that the enthusiast newsletters and 'zines are chock-full
    of different designs and makes! Hence my eariler post on how could
    there be so many 'bent makers.

    > [1] Often younger racers who are working for lower wages and wholesale
    > prices on bikes, parts and accessories.
    >
    > --
    > Tom Sherman - Fox River Valley (For a bit)
     
  4. NYC XYZ

    NYC XYZ Guest

    Duram wrote:
    > Just came from a trip to Orlando and NY and after visiting lots
    > of BIG bikes stores I could not find one bent to sell, how bents are
    > going to be future bikes if nobody cares about them?



    Maybe gw bush really is the average American cyclist!

    Like I said, they need to get some big Hollywood celebrity on
    one...make it a gay issue somehow...do product-placement in some
    movie...and hold more races in big media markets! Try to get into the
    schools the way sports companies (not to mention junk food companies)
    do -- free equipment, etc.

    The point I'm at is the usual one: who's gonna pay for all that??
     
  5. Ken M

    Ken M Guest

    Duram wrote:
    > Just came from a trip to Orlando and NY and after visiting lots
    > of BIG bikes stores I could not find one bent to sell, how bents are
    > going to be future bikes if nobody cares about them?
    >
    >

    I think recumbents are much more of a regional thing, when I lived up
    north mostly what I saw was MTB's. Here in Florida I see a pretty good
    mix. Lots of x-mart quality bikes of various types. Quite a few quality
    road bikes. And just in my little town probably about a dozen or so
    'bents of various makes, I have seen an recognized at least 3 or 4
    brands, BikeE, Sun, Easy Racer, Bacchetta, Rans and one or two that I
    didn't recognize.

    Ken
    --
    You never have the wind with you - either it is against you or you're
    having a good day. ~Daniel Behrman, The Man Who Loved Bicycles

    Homepage: http://kcm-home.tripod.com/
     
  6. SuperDave

    SuperDave Guest

    There is another bent shop in Hamilton Square, NJ. It's "Jersey Bents"
    and is in the same shop as Economy Bike Shop on Rte. 31. Also on March
    18/19, there will be a bike show at the NJ convention center in Edison.
    There are lots of bents there and other bikes
     
  7. NYC XYZ

    NYC XYZ Guest

    SuperDave wrote:
    > There is another bent shop in Hamilton Square, NJ. It's "Jersey Bents"
    > and is in the same shop as Economy Bike Shop on Rte. 31. Also on March
    > 18/19, there will be a bike show at the NJ convention center in Edison.
    > There are lots of bents there and other bikes



    So that's the closest to the City now, huh? Hamilton Square...google
    lists it as Trenton, NJ??

    That's cool...I'll keep it in mind -- thanks!
     
  8. Joel

    Joel Guest

    NYC XYZ wrote:
    > Johnny Sunset wrote:
    >>
    >> Most big bicycle stores have done poorly at selling recumbents due to
    >> disinterest or dislike on the part of most of the staff [1]. The
    >> successful shops are the ones who specialize in recumbents.

    >
    > I like to say that as The Capital of the World, if it ain't here in New
    > York, it don't exist!
    >
    > But it's absolutely puzzling how come, with all the tree-huggin' vegan
    > yuppie gay commies we have -- heh-heh -- there's not one 'bent store in
    > the City. Moreover, the closest one is 300 miles away!
    >
    > In Jersey there is still NorthEast Recumbents, which is an hour away by
    > public transportation, but unfortunately the owner is planning to close
    > for good soon. =(
    >
    > (There's another one in central Jersey somewhere, though.)
    >
    >> It is hard to get a handle on recumbent sales, since there is no
    >> reporting mechanism and most manufacturers do not release verified
    >> sales figures, but 20,000 to 30,000 per year or approximately 1 to 1½%
    >> of the quality bicycle market is a common estimate.

    >
    > I must admit to about as much surprise (as I do that NYC has got no
    > 'bent shops) that the enthusiast newsletters and 'zines are chock-full
    > of different designs and makes! Hence my eariler post on how could
    > there be so many 'bent makers.
    >
    >> [1] Often younger racers who are working for lower wages and wholesale
    >> prices on bikes, parts and accessories.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Tom Sherman - Fox River Valley (For a bit)

    >

    There is New Jersey Bents (Economy Bikes) in Hamilton, NJ
     
  9. Joel

    Joel Guest

    NYC XYZ wrote:
    > SuperDave wrote:
    >> There is another bent shop in Hamilton Square, NJ. It's "Jersey Bents"
    >> and is in the same shop as Economy Bike Shop on Rte. 31. Also on March
    >> 18/19, there will be a bike show at the NJ convention center in Edison.
    >> There are lots of bents there and other bikes

    >
    >
    > So that's the closest to the City now, huh? Hamilton Square...google
    > lists it as Trenton, NJ??
    >
    > That's cool...I'll keep it in mind -- thanks!
    >

    No it is not Trenton, but close. It is on route 33 not 31. He is really
    a nice guy and a very good mechanic. He does all the work on my trike
    and recumbent bike.
     
  10. Chas12

    Chas12 Guest

    Jersey Bents run a nice shop, are members of MARS, and are staying in
    business. Northeast is closing shop, I believe as of April '06
    Chas
    "Joel" <joelw135atcomcast.net> wrote in message
    news:k8qdnaZ-scGh-rzZnZ2dnUVZ_tqdnZ2d@comcast.com...
    > NYC XYZ wrote:
    >> SuperDave wrote:
    >>> There is another bent shop in Hamilton Square, NJ. It's "Jersey Bents"
    >>> and is in the same shop as Economy Bike Shop on Rte. 31. Also on March
    >>> 18/19, there will be a bike show at the NJ convention center in Edison.
    >>> There are lots of bents there and other bikes

    >>
    >>
    >> So that's the closest to the City now, huh? Hamilton Square...google
    >> lists it as Trenton, NJ??
    >>
    >> That's cool...I'll keep it in mind -- thanks!
    >>

    > No it is not Trenton, but close. It is on route 33 not 31. He is really a
    > nice guy and a very good mechanic. He does all the work on my trike and
    > recumbent bike.
     
  11. Joel

    Joel Guest

    Joel wrote:
    > NYC XYZ wrote:
    >> SuperDave wrote:
    >>> There is another bent shop in Hamilton Square, NJ. It's "Jersey Bents"
    >>> and is in the same shop as Economy Bike Shop on Rte. 31. Also on March
    >>> 18/19, there will be a bike show at the NJ convention center in Edison.
    >>> There are lots of bents there and other bikes

    >>
    >>
    >> So that's the closest to the City now, huh? Hamilton Square...google
    >> lists it as Trenton, NJ??
    >>
    >> That's cool...I'll keep it in mind -- thanks!
    >>

    > No it is not Trenton, but close. It is on route 33 not 31. He is really
    > a nice guy and a very good mechanic. He does all the work on my trike
    > and recumbent bike.

    Charlie is a real nice guy, and I use him for my work that requires
    recumbent knowledge. I wish he was a little closer, and I would use him
    all the time. I usually show up at the show and hang there a while.

    Joel
     
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