First time Recumbent Test Ride

Discussion in 'Recumbent bicycles' started by poweredbysweat, Mar 26, 2006.

  1. poweredbysweat

    poweredbysweat New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2006
    Messages:
    176
    Likes Received:
    0
    I visited our local Recumbent Bike Shop, and I sure enjoyed riding some of
    these. I have a family of four licensed drivers, and only one car. I
    think having a recumbent around, would encourage everybody to ride even
    more! The seat is easily adjustable, which will make it nice for
    different riders. I'm going to bring the family over, and have them
    try it.
     
    Tags:


  2. poweredbysweat

    poweredbysweat New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2006
    Messages:
    176
    Likes Received:
    0
    My wife test rode recumbents with me on Saturday. She loved them. I'm looking at a long wheel base Burley, mainly because I think it will be an easier transition for the family to go back and forth between upright and bent.

    Only problem is, this may be too long to mount on our car bike rack.
     
  3. Hull 697

    Hull 697 New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2005
    Messages:
    82
    Likes Received:
    0
    My experience has been that the LWB "easy to learn" thing is way over rated. In many cases it appears to lead to recumbent regret. My GF, who has very limited cycling experience of any kind, rapidly dumped the LWB thing in favor of something that handles and is fun to ride.

    At the price of these things, one should ride a number of bikes, in several styles, before purchasing.
     
  4. poweredbysweat

    poweredbysweat New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2006
    Messages:
    176
    Likes Received:
    0
    The LWB didn't seem hard to handle, and it was fun to ride. Are you talking about the transportability issue?
     
  5. Hull 697

    Hull 697 New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2005
    Messages:
    82
    Likes Received:
    0
    No, talking about a bike that is fun to ride over time. There is a reason the LWB is all but dead in Europe, boredom.

    The SWB is not hard to handle either, although numerous bike shops seem to push the LWB because "it is so much easier to learn on". IME, for what, 10 minutes? We drove and rode for quite a while before deciding what to buy, and the LWB thing was boring very soon. After three or four test rides, we simply did not bother with LWB any more because we were already beyond that.

    We wanted bikes we would RIDE for a long while, and we simply did not find a LWB that would fit that criterion. Fun Factor, if you will.

    OTOH, different strokes for different folks. Just don't get caught up in some LBS's BS and buy something you will be tired of in a couple months and selling for 1/2 what you paid on eBay.

    And, on another note, Bacchetta has a couple new steeds, the Agio and the Cafe, that are kinda LWB but ride more sporty. I have ridden the Cafe and found it much more agile than the Burleys and other LWB's we tested. You might give them a ride and see what you think. They are priced well.
     
  6. poweredbysweat

    poweredbysweat New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2006
    Messages:
    176
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks for the advice. I'll check them out. I did try a few Bechettas, but I don't remember the names.
     
Loading...
Loading...