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Any SF Bay Area folks using recumbent bicycles? Looking at options to ease stress on my back, would love to try out a few different manufactures/models, and any experiences you might have.
May 2, 2012
Not in the Bay Area anymore, but I can offer some advice. Zach Kaplan is who I'd recommend going to. When I bought my 'bent, I traveled to People Movers in Orange County because they were the largest dealership in the US. It's important to try as many different ones as you can. Unfortunately, People Movers is defunct. But Zach has a decent selection.
Easy Racers is down near Monterey so you can call them and see if they offer demo rides.
There's a Bay Area recumbent list and you might be able to try various owners' bikes as you get to know them.
The reason to try as many as possible is (a) there is a LOT more variety in recumbent frame design than upright frame design and (b) an entry-level recumbent costs more than an entry-level upright so you want to make really sure you're spending your $ on the right bike for you. -
thanks Spidra. I have family in SoCal so a visit to the O.C. is easy to arrange, if the store is still there. -
Unfortunately, no. It went out of business about the time of the crash, I think. Otherwise I would have recommended it. -
I tried a recumbent in a last ditch attempt to keep on biking because of back issues and I found I really didn't like it. Easy on the back, but going up hills was a nightmare. -
That can vary a lot according to the 'bent design. But it's true that you can't cheat by getting up on the pedals like folks do on an upright. When you go uphill on a 'bent, it's all you - no gravity assist. If you like going up hills, many folks recommend the Lightning P-38 as being the zippiest 'bent up hills.
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