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Posted By: gixer771
Subject: Looking for advice please
Date Posted: 20 November 2012 at 3:56pm
Good afternoon one and all, at present i am researching recumbent bikes and trikes. The reason for this is i am needing a total shoulder replacement and am struggling to ride my road/mountain bikes. The recumbent exercise bikes at my gym cause me no pain so am liking the idea of one on the road. My questions to you more knowledgeable and wiser than me people are:-
1. which is the better of the 2?
2. who builds them?
3. where can i find them?
4. what kind of price are they? and what is a reasonable price to pay?

thanking you in anticipation

Darren (new guy)

Posted By: AlanGoodman
Date Posted: 20 November 2012 at 4:37pm
Hi Darren,
Best bet is to have a sit/go on a few and see what feels best... Kevin at D-Tek is very helpful and will probably have some demonstrators so may be worth a trip to Cambridgeshire... 01353 648177
Keep an eye on Ebay... They often come up on there.


Posted By: gixer771
Date Posted: 20 November 2012 at 4:49pm
Thanks for that Alan, i shall give him a bell Smile

Posted By: GeoffBird
Date Posted: 20 November 2012 at 5:09pm
Hi Darren.

Bike or trike? There's a can of worms right there! I can only say, as a proviso to Alan's very sensible suggestion, that both have advantages and disadvantages, but the advantages of a trike show up more readily in a quick try-out round a carpark. Please bear in mind that two-wheelers shouldn't be dismissed because of the steeper learning curve.

Right Time - Right Place - Wrong Speed

Posted By: gixer771
Date Posted: 20 November 2012 at 6:05pm
Hi Geoff
i'm not discounting anything, gonna try them both

Posted By: NickM
Date Posted: 21 November 2012 at 8:56am
Bike or Trike? Neither is better, but they are very different, so it depends what you want to do - club riding, solo touring, racing... Unlike uprights, which are so highly evolved that they are all pretty similar, recumbents are diverse. Part of the fun (and recumbents are a lot of fun - they have rejuvenated my cycling) is trying different ones.

Over the past six years I have owned lots of recumbents of most sorts, and have settled on two: a short wheelbase bike with a tailbox (a Kingcycle - the closest currently available equivalents are the Burrows Ratcatcher and the Bacchetta Giro) and a trike (ICE Sprint RS).

These don't go uphill as quickly as uprights (you can't honk, and the trike is heavier), but they catch up downhill, or into a headwind on the flat. You need when trying recumbents to make allowances for their different speed dynamics. And it will take a while for your legs to become accustomed to pedalling in a new position, so don't be disheartened if you seem slow at first.

Posted By: AlanGoodman
Date Posted: 21 November 2012 at 9:15am
Originally posted by NickM NickM wrote:

so don't be disheartened if you seem slow at first.
When will it be ok for me to be disheartened about being slow?? LOL


Posted By: Twed
Date Posted: 21 November 2012 at 12:26pm
"When will it be ok for me to be disheartened about being slow??"
Easy Alan!
Like me....When the reality (of your bio-mechanicals) finally over-rules the fantasy (of what your brain thinks you should be doing)!
Why do you think I went to full streamliners

Never believe an atom they make up everything.

Posted By: Yowie
Date Posted: 24 November 2012 at 2:30pm
Ahem..  Embarrassed
Ur ICE Trike

Posted By: Stelmosfire
Date Posted: 06 January 2013 at 8:58pm
 don't know if you have found anything to ride yet, but if any help I am located in Bridgnorth, and have a recumbent that you could ride. It is a 26" 20" with a middle of the road seating position, so not too low or too high. If you would be interested in taking a chance on what maybe a waisted afternoon or not. I have designed and built it myself. (I am a welder fabricator, and dabble in a bit of design.)  Self build could be a way to get a recumbent the way you want it a price that is also reasonable. If you would like to contact me leave reply.

Posted By: gixer771
Date Posted: 10 January 2013 at 1:09pm
Hi, it sounds interesting, do you have any pictures?

Posted By: Stelmosfire
Date Posted: 06 February 2013 at 11:16pm
First sorry, about no answer for a while, have only just noticed that it has gone to a page 2. Will post pic if I can work out how. Will try to sort this tomorrow after 7pm as working long hours at the moment. Elmo

Posted By: Stelmosfire
Date Posted: 07 February 2013 at 10:37pm

This isn't a very big pic, but if this works, have tried everything else I could think of to send larger pic.

Posted By: AlanGoodman
Date Posted: 07 February 2013 at 10:41pm
No pic attached...?


Posted By: Stelmosfire
Date Posted: 07 February 2013 at 10:45pm
Have not been able to upload pic with post, but have added to my avatar. Seem to be doing something wrong, or just not aloued to.

Posted By: AlanGoodman
Date Posted: 07 February 2013 at 10:48pm
Try it now... Wink


Posted By: AlanGoodman
Date Posted: 09 February 2013 at 7:24pm


Posted By: GeoffBird
Date Posted: 09 February 2013 at 9:09pm
Looks good Elwyn - suspension - I like that  :-)

Right Time - Right Place - Wrong Speed

Posted By: Stelmosfire
Date Posted: 09 February 2013 at 10:13pm
Thanks for the comment, just trying to help out gixer, also thanks to Alan for posting for me. At the moment building them for something outside work to do. Or helping other people to make them. This one cost about £100.00 with everything you see in pic. not counting hours.


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