About to get a HepCat!

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  1. PreciousBbird

    PreciousBbird New Member

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    I am brand new to recumbents, but I am about to buy a HepCat. What a FUN bike! I compared to a Giro and a few others, but this one seems to be best for what I want. Wondering what owners think of them?
     
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  2. Skip

    Skip Guest

    A PeciousBbird riding a HepCat. Cool. Would you post some pictures please?

    I'm not an owner, but from what I've read in the newsgroup the HepCat owners have all been pleased
    with their bikes. So enjoy it and be sure to post those pictures.

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    "PreciousBbird" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > I am brand new to recumbents, but I am about to buy a HepCat. What a FUN bike! I compared to a
    > Giro and a few others, but this one seems to be best for what I want. Wondering what owners think
    > of them?
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  3. Alpha Beta

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    Get the seat stays. It will make the seat stiffer for climbing hills. "PreciousBbird"
    <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > I am brand new to recumbents, but I am about to buy a HepCat. What a FUN bike! I compared to a
    > Giro and a few others, but this one seems to be best for what I want. Wondering what owners think
    > of them?
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  4. Gene Cosloy

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    "Alpha Beta" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Get the seat stays. It will make the seat stiffer for climbing hills. "PreciousBbird"
    > <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > > I am brand new to recumbents, but I am about to buy a HepCat. What a FUN bike! I compared to a
    > > Giro and a few others, but this one seems to be best for what I want. Wondering what owners
    > > think of them?
    > >
    > >Hi,
    I've been riding a Taiko for several months now and love it. Recently I've converted it to SWB which
    I'm told by Burley is very Hepcat like. While I did employ the speed struts in LWB mode and found
    them to stiffen up the bike in a positive way, the SWB version rides more comfortably without them.
    This of course is just my experience, you may be a more aggressive rider willing to trade off a less
    plush ride for more power efficiency. The components on the Taiko are the same ones supplied with
    the Hepcat. I love the rapid fire shifters and think the overall drive chain operates quietly and
    flawlessly. I would recommend you ask whomever you purchase the bike from to switch out the
    notorious rim eating Shimano brake pads for something more forgiving like Koolstops. Warning!! do
    not even ride the bike before this is done, if you value keeping your rims gouge free.

    Good luck, Gene
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  5. PreciousBbird

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    Thanks for the info. When I posted this, I had yet to finalize the deal. I now have finalized it and will have my beautiful new HepCat on Tuesday evening!! I spoke to the dealer about the pads and he said that the rims were machined differently on the 03's (smoother?) and I should be OK with the Shimano's. I will go with his recommendation, but I guess time will tell. I am not an aggressive rider - yet - so I think I will not get the stays for now. I am not even going to replace the pedals with my clipless pedals until I am darn well and comfortable on this new style of riding. I can just see myself tipping over and dinging up the seat!! I want to maintain a scratch/ding free bike as long as I can. I got fenders, a mirror, and a computer on it. I just realized I forgot to get the kickstand! Grrr. Thanks for the input!
     
  6. Chere

    Chere Guest

    "I can just see myself tipping over and dinging up the seat!!"

    Ha! Spoken like a true bent-head... we worry more about our bikes than our bones.

    You are obviously and justifiably excited about your new HepCat... enjoy!

    Chere, GRR Sanibel, FL / Cumberland, MD
     
  7. Thankschub

    Thankschub Guest

    PreciousBbird <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > I am brand new to recumbents, but I am about to buy a HepCat. What a FUN bike! I compared to a
    > Giro and a few others, but this one seems to be best for what I want. Wondering what owners think
    > of them?

    I have a Django and like it very much. You won't be disappointed.
     
  8. La

    La Guest

    Got one. Love it. Think about the rack adapter and throwing on a blackburn rack. When you begin
    you MAY want to leave the back seat a little higher than the cool laid back position,
    particularly if you will be cruising through traffic. This will give you a lot more stability at
    lower speeds. As you relax and are able to sink back into the bike you can drop the seat back
    down. It's a great bike.

    PreciousBbird wrote:

    > Gene Cosloy wrote:
    > > "Alpha Beta" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > > news:<[email protected]>...
    > > > Get the seat stays. It will make the seat stiffer for climbing hills. "PreciousBbird"
    > > > <[email protected]> wrote in message news:3e98afa2$1-
    > > > [email protected]:[email protected]
    > > I would recommend you ask whomever you purchase the bike from to switch out the notorious rim
    > > eating Shimano brake pads for something more forgiving like Koolstops. Warning!! do not even
    > > ride the bike before this is done, if you value keeping your rims gouge free. Good luck, Gene
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    > Thanks for the info. When I posted this, I had yet to finalize the deal. I now have finalized it
    > and will have my beautiful new HepCat on Tuesday evening!! I spoke to the dealer about the pads
    > and he said that the rims were machined differently on the 03's (smoother?) and I should be OK
    > with the Shimano's. I will go with his recommendation, but I guess time will tell. I am not an
    > aggressive rider - yet - so I think I will not get the stays for now. I am not even going to
    > replace the pedals with my clipless pedals until I am darn well and comfortable on this new style
    > of riding. I can just see myself tipping over and dinging up the seat!! I want to maintain a
    > scratch/ding free bike as long as I can. I got fenders, a mirror, and a computer on it. I just
    > realized I forgot to get the kickstand! Grrr. Thanks for the input!
    >
    > --
    > >--------------------------<
    > Posted via cyclingforums.com http://www.cyclingforums.com
     
  9. Gene Cosloy

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    PreciousBbird <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > Gene Cosloy wrote:
    > > "Alpha Beta" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > > news:<[email protected]>...
    > > > Get the seat stays. It will make the seat stiffer for climbing hills. "PreciousBbird"
    > > > <[email protected]> wrote in message news:3e98afa2$1-
    > > > [email protected]:[email protected]
    > > I would recommend you ask whomever you purchase the bike from to switch out the notorious rim
    > > eating Shimano brake pads for something more forgiving like Koolstops. Warning!! do not even
    > > ride the bike before this is done, if you value keeping your rims gouge free. Good luck, Gene
    > > > >
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    > > > > >--------------------------<
    > > > > Posted via cyclingforums.com http://www.cyclingforums.com/http://www.cyclingforums.com
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    > Thanks for the info. When I posted this, I had yet to finalize the deal. I now have finalized it
    > and will have my beautiful new HepCat on Tuesday evening!! I spoke to the dealer about the pads
    > and he said that the rims were machined differently on the 03's (smoother?) and I should be OK
    > with the Shimano's. I will go with his recommendation, but I guess time will tell. I am not an
    > aggressive rider - yet - so I think I will not get the stays for now. I am not even going to
    > replace the pedals with my clipless pedals until I am darn well and comfortable on this new style
    > of riding. I can just see myself tipping over and dinging up the seat!! I want to maintain a
    > scratch/ding free bike as long as I can. I got fenders, a mirror, and a computer on it. I just
    > realized I forgot to get the kickstand! Grrr. Thanks for the input!

    Just a cautionary note. While clipless pedals may prove to be a further complication while learning
    to ride a new bent, they are important for saftey reasons. They tend to keep your feet on the pedals
    during a fall. Much safer then letting your foot hit the ground and get swept under the bike as it
    goes down. If you keep your feet firmly on the pedals and your bike goes down, the seat frame can
    absorb much of the shock or damage. I vote for my precious feet and legs over my pretty Burley seat
    frame anytime.

    Gene
     
  10. PreciousBbird

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    I picked up my beautiful new HepCat last night, but unfortunately we were having horrid thunderstorms and I couldn't ride it. Now it is supposed to snow. *sigh* I am really torn on the clipless. What you say makes really good sense and the vision of me getting swept under the bike makes me think really hard about my decision. I am a musician and one of the reasons I bought a 'bent was for saving my hands and shoulders. But that would be quite an accident if I fell like you describe. Especially at the speeds I can easily achieve on this bike. I think I will ride it gently and slowly for a few days, then add the clipless and go go go!! Thanks again.
     
  11. Tom Sherman

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    PreciousBbird wrote:
    > ... I am a musician....

    Since you purchased a HepCat, are you a jazz musician by any chance?

    Tom Sherman - Various HPV's Quad Cities USA (Illinois side)
     
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    No, I am a classical flutist/piccoloist... The only improvisation I do is Baroque ornamentation...LOL But how could I resist such a fetching name and lovely yellow color? Not to mention the speed and sheer fun of riding it?

    It has been raining here since I got it on Tuesday and I didn't want to get it wet, so I didn't take it out til tonight. It was 37 degrees, but what a blast!! I can't wait til I can really ride it well and see just how fast it will go. I went down a hill and without even pedaling it went 28! Then the chain fell off the front granny gear because I'm not used to switching gears on it. I was able to fix it, however and took it around the block again! SOOOOO fun!!!! Can't wait til tomorrow...:D
     
  13. Stratrider

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    PreciousBbird, I think you made an outstanding choice. I think the HepCat is a great all around bike
    and a good value! I too love that yellow! As an aside, my very small 12 year old daughter want to
    take up the flute. Any advice as to how to get her started?

    Jim Reilly Reading, PA
     
  14. Chuck

    Chuck Guest

    I just purchased a Hepcat from Ebay 2 weeks ago and can't be happier. I've put close to 200 miles on
    it since last week. The seat was giving me fits (the lumbar support was in the wrong place, and it
    leaned too far back) so I adapted a Rans seat to it. Now I think I've got the best of all worlds-
    the best seat made, and the best value on the road, today. I've got 3 other bents (Linear LWB, Rans
    Tailwind, and a homebuilt SWB), and this one will be my number one ride going forward.

    On 13 Apr 2003 10:00:26 +0950, PreciousBbird <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I am brand new to recumbents, but I am about to buy a HepCat. What a FUN bike! I compared to a
    >Giro and a few others, but this one seems to be best for what I want. Wondering what owners
    >think of them?
     
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    Thanks for the good word on the HepCat! Now, as far as getting your daughter started on the flute, there are so many fine flutists all over the place, I think if you talked to a local band director or music store owner, they may be able to point you in the right direction. You mentioned she is very small - if she is very petite with short arms, there are beginning flutes that have curved headjoints (the place you blow into) that make it easier for smaller kids to play. Good luck! Flute is fun - but right now HepCat is funner...:D
     
  16. Stratrider

    Stratrider Guest

    Thanks for the advice. My daughter is small. A flute to accomodate her short arms should work
    nicely. Enough of that. Enjoy your new ride.

    Jim
     
  17. Gene Cosloy

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    Chuck <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > I just purchased a Hepcat from Ebay 2 weeks ago and can't be happier. I've put close to 200 miles
    > on it since last week. The seat was giving me fits (the lumbar support was in the wrong place, and
    > it leaned too far back) so I adapted a Rans seat to it. Now I think I've got the best of all
    > worlds- the best seat made, and the best value on the road, today. I've got 3 other bents (Linear
    > LWB, Rans Tailwind, and a homebuilt SWB), and this one will be my number one ride going forward.
    >
    > On 13 Apr 2003 10:00:26 +0950, PreciousBbird <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >I am brand new to recumbents, but I am about to buy a HepCat. What a FUN bike! I compared to a
    > >Giro and a few others, but this one seems to be best for what I want. Wondering what owners think
    > >of them?

    The seat was giving
    > me fits (the lumbar support was in the wrong place, and it leaned too far back) so I adapted a
    > Rans seat to it. Now I think I've got the best of all worlds- the best seat made....

    Hi Chuck,

    What part of the Rans seat did you adapt? Seat Base/Base and back/just the back. I'd like to know
    since I think the seat back could use some improvement: higher back, better lumbar support, etc.

    Thanks, Gene (Taiko, BikeE NX)
     
  18. Chuck

    Chuck Guest

    I measured the distance on the Burley bracket that attaches to the Burley seat rail- about 2-5/8"
    wide. I then took the Rans seat apart and relocated the two attachment L-brackets to the same width
    as the Burley. I had to buy some 3/4" x 3/32" flat stock to act as a new seat bracket support (2 of
    them) on the Rans seat because new holes have to be drilled wider to accommodate the wider Burley
    seat rail. The old Rans seat support plates won't work (not long enough). I used the Burley QR bolt
    and plastic rail guides and attached the modified Rans seat to the Burley rail. I had to shorten
    the outside seat stays of the Rans seat by about 4" (use your judgment, here) using a tubing
    cutter, and redrilling the adjustment hole. I attached the stays on the rear drop out holes (by the
    rear axle) instead of where Burley attaches theirs (under the seat). It makes for a slightly
    stiffer ride, but the seat feels absolutely solidly attached with no flex in the frame. Very
    comfortable, very nice ride.

    On 19 Apr 2003 07:24:36 -0700, [email protected] (Gene Cosloy) wrote:

    >Chuck <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    >> I just purchased a Hepcat from Ebay 2 weeks ago and can't be happier. I've put close to 200 miles
    >> on it since last week. The seat was giving me fits (the lumbar support was in the wrong place,
    >> and it leaned too far back) so I adapted a Rans seat to it. Now I think I've got the best of all
    >> worlds- the best seat made, and the best value on the road, today. I've got 3 other bents (Linear
    >> LWB, Rans Tailwind, and a homebuilt SWB), and this one will be my number one ride going forward.

    >
    >Hi Chuck,
    >
    >What part of the Rans seat did you adapt? Seat Base/Base and back/just the back. I'd like to know
    >since I think the seat back could use some improvement: higher back, better lumbar support, etc.
    >
    >Thanks, Gene (Taiko, BikeE NX)
     
  19. Terry

    Terry Guest

    In article <[email protected]>, [email protected] says...
    > I am brand new to recumbents, but I am about to buy a HepCat. What a FUN bike! I compared to a
    > Giro and a few others, but this one seems to be best for what I want. Wondering what owners think
    > of them?
    >
    >
    >
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    > >--------------------------<
    > Posted via cyclingforums.com http://www.cyclingforums.com
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    I have had my HepCat for about a year now. The highs:) it is extremely well-made and has a good
    ride-quality , especially for a shorter- wheelbase 'bent...the lows:( it takes a while to dial the
    seat in just right(it took me a few extended rides to "get the feel") and it isn't quite as fast for
    me compared to the Vision R44 which I also ride, though it's nearly a toss-up. I prefer the R44 for
    bigger hills and the HepCat for more level and longer-distance riding. What do I commute on?
    neither..I use my KettWeisel trike for that!
     
  20. Edward Dolan

    Edward Dolan Guest

    Chuck <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...

    > I just purchased a Hepcat from Ebay 2 weeks ago and can't be happier. I've put close to 200 miles
    > on it since last week. The seat was giving me fits (the lumbar support was in the wrong place, and
    > it leaned too far back) so I adapted a Rans seat to it.

    Not a good sign when you have to replace the seat on a brand new recumbent that you have paid big
    bucks for. Almost any good recumbent replacement seat will cost around $200 to $300 and may or may
    not be suited to a particular recumbent. As far as I'm concerned, if the manufacturer of the
    recumbent can't get the seat right then I am not interested in his bicycle despite other good
    qualities it may possess. The seat is a very big factor, if not the biggest factor, in all
    recumbents. It would be ideal if recumbents were made in such a way that the customer could choose
    his seat from among the varieties that are out there, but mostly the seat is an integral part of the
    bike and substitutions are frought with difficulties.

    Ed Dolan - Minnesota
     
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