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recumbant bikes(6 posts)

recumbant bikescheatah
Jun 3, 2003 3:38 PM
Recommendations for recumbant-I'm 200 lbs,thanks
Hostel Shop?Spoke Wrench
Jun 3, 2003 5:00 PM
I think that's the name of the shop that you should contact. They're located in Steven's Point, Wisconsin. Rolf, the owner, is the most knowledgable and reasonable person that I've ever talked to on the subject of recumbents.
re: recumbent bikesDorf411
Jun 3, 2003 5:30 PM
Highly suggest you look at Bachetta, they are relatively new and tend to focus on performance recumbents. Vision has a couple performance models. As the other response mentioned Hostel Shoppe is great and just this year they released a few performance models very similar to the Bachetta bikes. There are so many to choose from you need to read up at the many recumbent specific forums such as Buying a recumbent isn't nearly as easy as picking a well established Italian frame makers tried and true frame. Every single one is different in some way or other which will dramatically affect their handling and performance. Expect to pay significantly more money for a lower end bike that weight nearly twice as much. For example don't be surprised to pay $2000 for a SWB recumbent with less than 105 components which weighs 30-35 pounds.
... remember that the term "recumbent" is generic...Akirasho
Jun 3, 2003 6:13 PM
... just like "bicycle"...

I don't know what your experience is, but recumbents come in a wide variety designs for specific applications. Like all other bicycles, some do certain things better than others... none does everything well. Most of us aren't blessed with enough different types to test ride, but I encourage you to find as many models as is practical (even if you've got to travel a bit from home) to get an overview.

Might wanna check out the links and info at

Be the bike.
I've got oneNigeyy
Jun 4, 2003 3:53 AM
I weigh about 200lbs and use a Vision VR-40. I almost got a Rans Rocket, but availability stopped me. My decision was based primarily on price and wanting an short wheel base model, so I'm sure if you want to spend more, you can consider many more models.

As someone else said, since recumbents aren't exactly mainstream, their costs are alot higher (most of them are made in the USA with US labour and higher unit material costs). It means you can easily expect to pay $1200+ on a 30-35+lb recumbent with really entry level components.

On the positive side, I've never regretted for a single day getting mine; they are just plain fun to ride. You'll probably not win any road races on one (nor be allowed to compete for that matter, but that's another story) but you will have loads of fun, see much more around you, and save your back and neck. Good luck.
re: recumbant bikesohmk1
Jun 4, 2003 4:51 AM
Here's a great site for you.

Your weight is no big deal. There's plenty of "bents" that will work for you. I'm 200 lbs, and I ride an HPVelotechnik SpeedMachine, as well as a Litespeed Catalyst road bike.