A lurker unlurks and asks....

Discussion in 'Recumbent bicycles' started by Niteynite1, Jun 28, 2003.

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  1. Niteynite1

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    Hi, all,

    I am an upright, DF rider who has had problems and is considering a recumbent. Rode one from a shop
    this weekend and rode longer (in time), farther and with less pain (read NONE) in some vital areas
    than I have in a year. I am becoming a believer.

    Now, a question: Riders of regular road and off-road bikes (I live in Florida and refuse to call
    them "mountain" bikes; we don't have mountains, we have overpasses) have mail-order and online
    sources of gear, like Nashbar and Performance. Is there anyone catering to 'bent riders?

    I know any decent LBS will carry things like the proper-size tires and tubes, but prices are another
    matter. Is someone specializing in mail/online orders for recumbent riders?

    Don't know just when or what I will buy, but I really like the Easyracer EZ-1 AC I rode yesterday.
    Other than the manufacturer, does anyone handle the parts and accessories for that or any other
    make/model?

    I realize this is a novice's question, but how else do you win converts but by being civil to
    the newbies?

    Appreciate any help. Thanks.

    Will I drive a Kia. My cell phone is a NOkia. I am so confused.
     
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    Sorry, that should have been the Easyracer EZ-1 SC.

    Will I drive a Kia. My cell phone is a NOkia. I am so confused.
     
  3. Niteynite1

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    Sorry, that should have been the Easyracer EZ-1 SC.

    Also sorry if this came up twice, but my newsreader showed it didn't go the first time.

    Thanks.

    Will I drive a Kia. My cell phone is a NOkia. I am so confused.
     
  4. John Foltz

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    Niteynite1 wrote:
    > Hi, all,
    >
    > I am an upright, DF rider who has had problems and is considering a recumbent. Rode one from a
    > shop this weekend and rode longer (in time), farther and with less pain (read NONE) in some vital
    > areas than I have in a year. I am becoming a believer.
    >
    > Now, a question: (snip) Is there anyone catering to 'bent riders?
    >
    Hi, Will. Welcome to the group, even if you're not 'official' yet. ;-) Yes, there are quite a few
    recumbent-specific online and mail order places. Personally my favorites are the ones with good web
    presence, but I've done business with several who have only an e-mail address, and they are all
    great to deal with. In Florida alone you have PowerOn Cycling at http://www.poweroncycling.com, and
    Fools Crow at http://www.foolscrow.com I'm sure there will be more posters chiming in soon, but a
    couple others with good web presence are Gaerlan at http://gaerlan.com/ and Hostel Shoppe at - yep -
    http://www.hostelshoppe.com/ .

    If you post exactly where in Florida, there may be some people on this NG that live nearby and offer
    more immediate support. Standard advice is to ride as many different models as possible, even ones
    you don't think you will like, or can't afford. There is so much variety in the recumbent world that
    it helps to know what styles work best for you.
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    John Foltz --- O _ Baron --- _O _ V-Rex 24 --- _\\/\-%)
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  5. Steve In Sc

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    [email protected] (Niteynite1) wrote in message
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    > Sorry, that should have been the Easyracer EZ-1 SC.
    >
    >
    I purchased a VRex from Recumbent Bike Riders in Colege Station, PA via the internet. I saved
    several hundred dollars off the MSRP. I was very pleased with the transaction. However, I ordered
    over the internet ONLY because there were no stocking RANS dealers within several hundred miles of
    my location. Subsequently, I have had a low racer built up from a frame by a LBS in Florida. I am by
    nature a frugal person. Even so, I would highly recommend purchasing a bent through a LBS. You are
    fortunate to live in FL. Power-On Cycling, Fools Crow, and Atlantic Cycles all enjoy excellent
    reputations as recumbent specialists. These people can give you expert advice. Buying a bent that
    you "out grow" in a year or two is a costly mistake. Purchasing through a LBS that provides valuable
    advise and after sale support is money "well spent" in my view.
     
  6. John Riley

    John Riley New Member

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    FWIW EZ's of various types are commonly available on Ebay.

    That said, I agree with the advice to a good recumbent shop, if you have one available.

    John Riley
     
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