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Recumbent InfoRich M
Nov 12, 2003 5:56 PM
Don't know if this is the right place for this so if not, please let me know. I am beginning to look for my first recumbent bike. I want it for recreation riding and possibly some touring. I am 58 years young and have been riding bikes for many years. I live in an area where there are few recumbents. I have been looking at the 2003 Burley catalog and thought the Canto might be right but an article in RCN says that the Canto is geared pretty high for touring. I tow a trailer when touring and really want low gearing. I want a LWB with the bottom bracket level with or slightly below the level of the seat. Any thoughts or recommendations?
re: Recumbent Infotriton
Nov 12, 2003 7:00 PM
My father-in-law rides an Easy Racer (has owned two) and loves them (he also about your age). He is a very strong rider and has done both fast centuries and touring.

http://www.easyracers.com/

-S
Look at BentrideronlineDorf411
Nov 12, 2003 8:05 PM
There are a few on here that are knowledgeable about recumbents but you are likely to get a better user base at http://www.bentrideronline.com/ They have some good forums and great reviews. One thing to consider before you buy a recumbent is how the heck will you transport the thing. Most of them become a monumental pain in the rear to transport, some are better than others, LWB bikes will be more difficult than SWB. With regards to touring it is hard to beat an EasyRacer but there are more and more every day and even some very affordable ones. The good thing about the Canto is that you should be able to convert it to a SWB if you get the urge and it is sort of like having two bikes in one which is a bonus. Ride as many as you can so you can get a feel for the various types of seats available and to compare the handling. Buying a recumbent isn't anything like buying a road bike when it comes to ride characteristics and outfitting them with accessories. Good luck!

John
Welcome to the DARKSIDE!ohmk1
Nov 13, 2003 7:05 AM
I ride both road bikes and a recumbent (Speedmachine). Do not jump into buying anything too quickly. Bents usually differ greatly between manufacturers. Going to http://www.bentrideronline.com/ is a great place to start. You may be surprised to find that there may be other bent riders in your area, and most would not have any trouble letting you try out their bents.
You didn't mention anything about trikes. Trikes happened to be one of the fastest growing sepgments of bents. There's lots of advantages to riding one-especially if you plan to tour and haul a trailer. Do yourself a favor and check out http://www.greenspeed.com.au/, and http://www.ice.hpv.co.uk/frameset.html. Besides being practical, they're a pisser to ride!