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20 Jul 2014, 4:15 pm

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^^I want one. I bet you can pick up quite a good speed on it, can't you?^^

among recumbent bikes they are among the more stable, with a compact turning circle, and the most intuitively grasped for newcomers. the fastest I've gotten on the straights is about 35 miles per hour, downhill about 45. it was stable at those speeds, not a hint of wobble or touchiness. at the same time it is necessarily [because one cannot stand on the pedals] geared to take just about any real world incline.


What's the price range for them where you are?


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20 Jul 2014, 4:17 pm

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^^I want one. I bet you can pick up quite a good speed on it, can't you?^^

among recumbent bikes they are among the more stable, with a compact turning circle, and the most intuitively grasped for newcomers. the fastest I've gotten on the straights is about 35 miles per hour, downhill about 45. it was stable at those speeds, not a hint of wobble or touchiness. at the same time it is necessarily [because one cannot stand on the pedals] geared to take just about any real world incline.


What's the price range for them where you are?

they don't make them anymore, the company went belly-up in 2002, which is strange because for the decade they were in business they were the leading American seller of recumbent bikes. anyways, on ebay and craigslist et al, the going rate for the AT model is between $400-$800. not cheap. they cost about $1300 new.



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20 Jul 2014, 4:21 pm

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they don't make them anymore, the company went belly-up in 2002, which is strange because for the decade they were in business they were the leading American seller of recumbent bikes. anyways, on ebay and craigslist et al, the going rate for the AT model is between $400-$800. not cheap. they cost about $1300 new.


I've just been looking at a three wheeler one for £300. I thought they'd cost more than that, but they do go in to the thousands. It'd be a good project to build one. I might look in to it.


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20 Jul 2014, 4:27 pm

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they don't make them anymore, the company went belly-up in 2002, which is strange because for the decade they were in business they were the leading American seller of recumbent bikes. anyways, on ebay and craigslist et al, the going rate for the AT model is between $400-$800. not cheap. they cost about $1300 new.


I've just been looking at a three wheeler one for £300. I thought they'd cost more than that, but they do go in to the thousands. It'd be a good project to build one. I might look in to it.

the problem with 3-wheelers [I used to own a sun recumbent trike] is that unless they have an independent rear suspension [rare and expensive] you run into the problem of lateral hobby-horsing [rocking back and forth side to side] as each wheel catches a bump or rut. after a while that will wear out your SI joint [it happened to me] and cause you back pain that lasts. they are best on glass-smooth city streets with no bumps or ruts. they are wheelchair-width so they should do fine in bicycle lanes. if you have the money to have a custom builder make you one [with an independent rear suspension] have at it, you will have the apple of many a bicyclist's eye.



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20 Jul 2014, 4:31 pm

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I've just been looking at a three wheeler one for £300. I thought they'd cost more than that, but they do go in to the thousands. It'd be a good project to build one. I might look in to it.

the problem with 3-wheelers [I used to own a sun recumbent trike] is that unless they have an independent rear suspension [rare and expensive] you run into the problem of lateral hobby-horsing [rocking back and forth side to side] as each wheel catches a bump or rut. after a while that will wear out your SI joint [it happened to me] and cause you back pain that lasts. they are best on glass-smooth city streets with no bumps or ruts. they are wheelchair-width so they should do fine in bicycle lanes. if you have the money to have a custom builder make you one [with an independent rear suspension] have at it, you will have the apple of many a bicyclist's eye.[/quote]

Yeah, I was just thinking, a trike wouldn't be practical for me anyway. I live up two flights of stairs and have no storage downstairs.

Anyway, you've given me food for thought. I've never thought about having a recumbent road bike before, even though I do already have about 6 bikes already, I may consider a 7th. :D


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20 Jul 2014, 4:49 pm

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Yeah, I was just thinking, a trike wouldn't be practical for me anyway. I live up two flights of stairs and have no storage downstairs. Anyway, you've given me food for thought. I've never thought about having a recumbent road bike before, even though I do already have about 6 bikes already, I may consider a 7th. :D

there are many flavors of recumbent bike, there are semi-semi recumbents [AKA "crank forward"], semi-recumbents like the Bikee AT I showed you, and "traditional" high-pedal recumbents with underseat steering. those last ones are not for beginners, they are hard to ride and one must be an athlete to feel comfortable on such. anyways, as far as the crank forward designs [where the pedals are at a semi-sitting position with legs in front and not directly underneath the seat as with traditional upright bikes] you can choose from a giant suede dx/gx such as this one-
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they are easy to ride and the giant suede has a seatpost suspension as well as a front fork suspension so is pretty cushy on the bumps.



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20 Jul 2014, 4:52 pm

I really like the one you got.


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20 Jul 2014, 4:54 pm

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I really like the one you got.

thank you :) I like it also, I had one about a decade ago but had to sell it to raise fundage so I could afford to move after my parents passed away. I rued the decision to sell it and spent years looking for another one to replace it and now I finally have it back.



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20 Jul 2014, 4:56 pm

My bikes are probably the only thing that I could never sell. I love them too much, even if I don't use them much.


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20 Jul 2014, 5:00 pm

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My bikes are probably the only thing that I could never sell. I love them too much, even if I don't use them much.

I first got the bug for the bents after watching "brainstorm" in 1982, Christopher walken's character rode a recumbent bike. anyways you ought to ride your bikes every day, a different bike per day of the week.



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20 Jul 2014, 5:02 pm

Yeah, I do use one of them for work, but that's only ten minutes round the corner, not really a satisfactory ride.

I used to do up to 30 miles nearly every day. I just don't get the time any more.


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20 Jul 2014, 5:05 pm

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Yeah, I do use one of them for work, but that's only ten minutes round the corner, not really a satisfactory ride.

I used to do up to 30 miles nearly every day. I just don't get the time any more.

could you take the scenic route [aka "the long way"]?



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20 Jul 2014, 5:05 pm

I was thinking that today. I could do that a couple of time a week.


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20 Jul 2014, 5:08 pm

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I was thinking that today. I could do that a couple of time a week.

THAT's the spirit! :thumleft:



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20 Jul 2014, 5:19 pm

Cheers buddy! :thumright:


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