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To get BENT, or not to get BENT?(2 posts)

To get BENT, or not to get BENT?Big Lug
May 29, 2001 2:02 PM
That is the question. I was riding down a long straight stretch of road this past Sunday, enjoying the solitude of a solo ride. I had been out for a couple of hours and the only real pain I was feeling was in my shoulder. An old rotator cuff injury is a constant source of discomfort to me.
At this point I saw a rider approaching from the opposite direction.
The closer he got to me the more obvious it was to me that he was riding a recumbent. This recumbent was a little different than most I've seen. He was so low to the ground it was pretty amazing looking.
He was moving along much faster than anybody I had seen all day on 'normal' bikes. As he went flying past me I looked at him and noticed how comfortable he looked. The bike was a Burley Hepcat, very cool looking. I remember seeing their advertisement in a magazine just the other day. It left me wondering if that might not be the answer to my shoulder pain. It looked like you could ride for hours and hours without the massive pain and fatigue that inevitably occurs after a 3 or 4 hour ride.
Any thoughts from any 'bent'individuals out there?
My wife tells me to get bent on a regular basis, but I doubt she's talking the same kind of bent.
Any 'Burley' men out there? Tell us what you think!
re: oddly enuff...Akirasho
May 29, 2001 3:13 PM
The man who inspired me to try a 'bent (actually a couple of Visions) recently switched from a fully suspended R42 to a Hepcat... and so far he seems to like it.

He reported that he started riding the FS 'bent to alleviate back problems... but noted that he felt fine on the Hepcat (USS on the Vision... OSS on the Hepcat).

And, on a recent organized ride, I had a chance to compare the Hepcat's geometry with a racing SWB 'bent... very close... the ability to really lay that seat back could make this an extremely quick ride.

As for me, I'm a Vision man. I like the USS (modified) but haven't abandoned the uprights... it's just a nice alternative.

Be the bike.