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Bent Sizing(8 posts)

Bent SizingScot_Gore
Dec 24, 2003 2:32 PM
So...sitting around the dinner table last night, my wife says "I think I'd like to get a new bike this year". I'm thinking, great, I can help her do that. So, then she says, "you of those sit down bikes". I say "you mean a recumbent bike ?". "yeah". So much for me being able to help.

Does anybody have good on-line or in print sources for how to size and spec recumbent bikes.

If any RBRer's are good with bents, chime in. I don't even know the right information to provide, inseam is meaningless in this circumstance, right ? She's six feet tall. Rides around 500 miles a season. 90% pavement, 10% crushed limestone. Speed and performance not required (or even desired). She likes to go slow. Because of that, she's in the saddle longer than most. Ability to mount at least one med. size bag highly desiried.

Thanks for any help and happy holidays.

... my gawd, I thought U said ''circumcision"Akirasho
Dec 24, 2003 2:51 PM

... just like sizing an upright, you're free to use variations on this theme to dial in your fit depending on the type of recumbent...

Be the bike.
Thanks (nm)Scot_Gore
Dec 24, 2003 3:16 PM
A question about sizing...rwbadley
Dec 24, 2003 3:59 PM
The 'bent I have is adjustable. I have had persons from 4'8" to 6' on it with no problem. Most? 'bents have an adjustable saddle forward/aft that makes it ez.

Look into a Rebike, if she doesn't need to race, it might be the way to go. In fact I may part with mine if you think it might fit your needs...

eriks sells bike ej_ryder
Dec 24, 2003 7:33 PM
or did last I knew. stop in and test ride a couple bike e's. the AT is cool (as cool as bents go...), cannondale makes a recumbent they could likely get for you as well.
Yeah I know, always good to be an informed buyer (nm)Scot_Gore
Dec 24, 2003 8:45 PM
Some advice on Bents.Len J
Dec 25, 2003 5:42 AM
My wife has been riding bents for 3 years now. What i've learned from her:

1,) Sizing is as previously described.
2.) BB position is important for a new rider. The lower the BB relative to her rear, the more stable & easier to balance and start at lights. My wife started with a Bike E (BB below her rear end). After a year, she "graduated to a Baccheta (Sp?) which has the BB above her rear. If she had started with the Bach, she would never have kept riding.
3.) Wheelbase is important. Make sure she tries both a long wheelbase and a short wheelbase bike before you buy. They ride, start & handle differently.
4.) Most good dealers of Bents have a wide selection. It's important to test ride because they do ride differently.
5.) See if the dealer will let you trade up later if she stays with it.
6.) Bents don't climb as well as a diamond frame.
7.) My wife read this and added: "Make sure that when she is on the bike both feet hit the ground when she stops."

Good luck.

2nd the advice about BB location...and a private test rideCory
Dec 25, 2003 8:48 AM
After I rented a Bike E on vacation, I decided I needed a recumbent to play around with. The E was comfortable and fun, and I rode it 100 miles or so over a three-day weekend with no probs.
I found a SWB 'bent (I think it was a Lightning, but can't remember for sure) in need of minor work for sale not far away, so I went to the guy's house, hopped on and coasted down a long hill, around a couple of corners and ended up in a dip maybe a mile from his house, modest uphills in every direction. I got off and inspected the bike carefully, decided it was a good deal and was ready to buy.
Then I spent the next half hour trying to get on it so I could ride it back up the hill and give him the money. I never did remount--ended up pushing it all the way back. The whole experience of the higher BB was just SO weird.