Recumbents and all feet forward machines
Today I put a deposit down on a new bike, should have it in a couple of weeks
Fundamentally it's a steel framed touring bike (I'm expecting some mutters of approval from a few of the regular forum goers on that point ), though I'll mostly be using it for commuting plus weekend group rides. This is a bike I plan to ride pretty much every day whatever the weather, so I've gone for disc brakes and mudguards. It comes as stock with robust 26" wheels and 'sensible' 26x1.25 tyres however the frame and fork have clearance for 700C wheels so a second set of lightweight racy 'weekend wheels' is an option for a later speed upgrade.
Oh, and it's a recumbent Specifically a Bacchetta Giro 26. Yes, I'm afraid I'm turning to the Dark Side
Yep, can't wait to get my hands on it
The downside of niche products is of course the price, and so it's a bit of a stretch for me. The bike itself is $2690, and I've added a few extras such as the lighter, more sporty Euromesh seat as seen on the Strada (a no cost option), a Solo Aero seat back bag to carry my commuting load ($150) and Bachetta mudguards ($60). All in all it's almost a factor of three more than I've previously paid for a bike, hence the delayed delivery while I save up the last few cents required.
Grats on the new bike!
most recumbent bikes i have seen are the low to the ground trike affairs more like a grownups version of the big wheels, this one is so excellent! its no wonder it did spectacularly in its class.
did you get to test ride one? how did it ride? how was the center of balance? how was the cornering? what was it like starting and stopping?
My humble homegrown Bentech and I welcome you to the Dark Side! Barchettas are seriously nice machines. Wish I could afford one.
If you're like me, it will take you a while to get used to riding recumbent, especially in traffic, but once you do, you'll wonder why you waited so long!
If you ever get up to the north shore around hornsby, let me know - it would be nice to ride with another recumbenteer..
I thought about going for this one at one point:
Mate, that looks like an absolute weapon! I've never seen anything like it... I've always thought recumbents were for University professors, touring Japanese cyclists, and nerds in general! Your bike causes a BIG rethink: it is SOOOOOOO cool!
The car drivers will freak when they see it! Good onya!
Tried to post the following early evening yesterday, but the internet connection here died. Possible something to do with the water pouring through the ceilings.
I'll definitely post some pictures and a bit of a review once I get the bike. My gf took a few pictures during the test rides but I'd left the camera on manual focus and she didn't notice so they're all blurry to various degrees, I may post a couple of the better ones anyway.
My tent does that too. I've yet to find a solution.
I would be very interested in reading your ride report and review when you get the new bike.
When I was doing my test rides Ian was getting a bunch of trikes out for his next appointment. I must say they do look like they'd be a serious amount of fun. There are both advantages and disadvantages to having that extra wheel on a recumbent, though. Obviously it's quite a bit harder (but not impossible) to fall off a trike! This also makes starting and stopping complete non-events, and enables you to climb hills as slow as you damn well please without wobbling. They are, in general, very low to the ground though, and I'd be wary of riding on busy urban roads on anything which was entirely below the windowsill level of an SUV...
A few photos of the bicycles I test rode, I find photos of these bikes with someone actually on them gives a much better idea of the riding position. All of these are with the seat quite vertical though, you'd generally recline it more once you were used to the bikes.
First the 26"/20" wheel steel frame/alu. fork Giro 20 that I started with until I got the hang of balancing...
This is the dual 26" wheel steel frame/alu. fork Giro 26 that I ended up ordering.
Finally a photo of the dual 650C wheel aluminium frame/carbon fork Corsa which proves I did actually ride these things rather than just sit on them.
Hotdog, any update on when the new beast makes her presence felt? Will you be picking it up directly from Ian Humphries or will it be shipped to Sydney?Looking forward to hearing your initial impressions.
It's being shipped to Sydney. On Tuesday I got an email from Ian saying he would ship it on Wednesday (i.e. yesterday) but I haven't heard anything more yet. I'm hoping that it'll arrive tomorrow or Saturday morning so I can give it a go this weekend
News Flash: Maniac seen terrorising Sydney streets. When finally stopped by police, he complained that the coffee cup holder kept slipping but apart from that, the ride was perfect. Police expect to release him some time next millenium.
Coffee cup holder, eh? Now you've got me thinking... Maybe I should fit one of these...
Plenty of other ideas on the Bicycle Coffee Systems page.
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Now why don't those things surprise me. Personally, I can't think of anything worse than trying to drink coffee during a ride. I'm not even too sure about the stopping at a coffee shop bit - I don't mind a coffee after the ride, but not while I'm half way through it.
Now I must disagree on the stopping at coffee shops during rides thing, I'm rather fond of that. A nice muggacino, a tasty snack, a sit down and a chat can be a good motivator for those last few big hills before the coffee stop on a long group ride and gives you a boost for a little while after.
Riding along with a mug of coffee attached to your handlebars is probably take it a bit too far though, while it might be fun for a while seeing the looks people give you while your sipping on your hot beverage waiting at traffic lights (or zooming down a steep hill...) I couldn't face drinking coffee while riding hard.
If your going to ride with your legs in that postion, then don't wear baggy pants.
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Yeah, the ballooning, flapping parachute effect would be really annoying with baggy pants. And I don't want to even think about the possibility of scooping up bees/wasps/etc while cycling along!
To begin with I'll probably just wear the cycling nix I already have, though the chamois will be a bit superfluous. Running/climbing/triathlon/rowing gear would work well, same snug fitting technical fabrics but without the bulky pads. There are also a handful of companies that make recumbent specific cycling gear that looks the biz (e.g. Boure, Bacchetta ), though it's (surprise) a bit pricey.
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