I wonder how many?

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Who's riding bents in Jan 2008?

Rides or owns a bent
20
44%
Plans to buy a bent
1
2%
Interested but hasn't made the decision to buy
12
27%
Not interested in bents
12
27%
 
Total votes : 45

Postby stryker84 » Mon Jan 21, 2008 2:05 pm

I would vote, but there's no option for "Vaguely interested for sometime in the far future, just for novelty value and to expand the fleet, but would buy a better DF bike first if he had the money" ...
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Postby Geoff3DMN » Mon Jan 21, 2008 2:12 pm

I'm definitely interested in trying some with an intention (if I can find one that fits me that I like) of buying one.

Timeframe? Definitely less than 12 months, probably less than 6.

My biggest problem is I live nowhere near anyone who sells them :(
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Postby Mini Man » Mon Jan 21, 2008 5:28 pm

Hi I am another bent owner been making them on &off since about 1990 , latest one I built in 05 ,it a short wheelbase 2 wheeler ,above seat steering . The other one I have is a fully enclosed 3 wheeler which I built between 94-96 for an attempt on the AUS hpv land speed record but by the time I fi nally got it built was too cactus to be able to have a serious go . The next fully enclosed one I make will be a 2 wheeler speed bike . I will post soe pics when I work out how to do it .
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Postby fredinver » Mon Jan 21, 2008 5:36 pm

Been a bent (GT3 from GS) for over 18 months and 9000km. Love the bent ride. Ride mainly in South Gippsland Victoria.
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Postby Leigh_caines » Mon Jan 21, 2008 6:52 pm

Mini Man.... look forward to seeing your next one.
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Postby Mulger bill » Mon Jan 21, 2008 9:23 pm

Thanks David and Uba, list edited :wink:

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Postby Leigh_caines » Tue Jan 22, 2008 4:16 am

Mini Man
I look at where u live...
just down the road
the peney drops...
the man with all the "Minies" in his shed
I meet you some year back
and sat on your "homemade"
and nice work you do too
Hope to see more of it
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Postby Mini Man » Tue Jan 22, 2008 8:25 am

Hi Leigh ,yep thats me ,I have not done any recumbent stuff for a couple of years now as I have got into MTB , bought myself 2 Mountain Cycle San Andreas fs bikes last year so better ride them &get my monies worth !cleaned me out they did ! but as I ride I am starting to plan the next recumbent so all is not lost :lol: .John.
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Postby Leigh_caines » Tue Jan 22, 2008 9:46 am

John..
some mighty nice two wheel low and fast recumbents on the net...
I've yet to get near enough to ride one so far ....
Bob & I have been talking and planing a fast one but seem to get stuck on which one or way to go.
Have floted front wheel drive as an idea but nether of us has tried one...

We should get together one day and yack it all out :)
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Postby Mini Man » Tue Jan 22, 2008 1:29 pm

Leigh.. sure is some good stuff on the net , has made this recumbent caper much easier , when I first started on them it was lunatic fringe stuff ,which was ok by me but there did not seem to be much info around so you were flying blind really . Most record type machines these days are using front wheel drive , I made a fwd bent before the one I have now but did not like it , any uphill stuff if at all loose was wheelspin problems so I think for road use rwd is the go . Check out, critical power streamliner HPV. should come up with Google search , I am too new here to be able to post the link , plenty of inspiration on that site :D John.
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Re: I wonder how many?

Postby John Lewis » Wed Jan 23, 2008 9:03 pm

Leigh_caines wrote:I started wondering how many of us bent riders there are on this forum.
10 or 20 or a 1000?

So stand up and be counted :)


Poll added by Europa with apologies to Leigh :wink:


Gday Leigh,

I'm another bent rider. Logo Trike, home made SWB Bentech and a LWB Tour easy clone. I've built 4 LWB and 2 B'tech frames.

Must get around to posting some pictures.

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Postby Kalgrm » Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:58 pm

Mulger bill wrote:Been thinking 'bent for a while, just don't go tellin' the GLW. :shock:
Not sure if I'd go with a hamster, USS or one of these little darlin's from Flying Furniture...
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Any trike riders out there who can tell me the pros and cons of tadpole versus standard trikes?

Shaun

Shaun,

I don't know how much Flying Furniture is charging for that little red wagon, but I know Craig's ones are bloody cheap. When I last rode with him, he was on a new trike with rear suspension and a 26" rear wheel. That didn't look like a harsh ride to me ..... :wink:

Tadpoles are more stable at high speed than frogs. You have two front wheels for steering and braking. And they corner like the blazes - you should see these guys take corners. You'd think they were teenagers again!

Tadpoles can suffer from brake steering, although that's quite rare with the modern designs. They can also scrub tyres quickly if the alignment is out of whack. Carrying two different spare tubes would annoy me too.

All trike designs have a little higher rolling resistance than bikes (at a rough guess, I'd say 50% more ... ;)). Avoiding potholes gets tricky too.

Ooh, look - I'm number 10! I thought there was only about 5 of us, so I'm happy to see so many.

Cheers,
Graeme

(Edit: Here's that trike with rear suspension. $2400 - not too bad. His other trikes start at $1570. I get no consideration and have no other affiliation with Craig, other than the fact I ride with him as a member of the WAHPV group.)
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Postby Mulger bill » Wed Jan 23, 2008 11:10 pm

Thanks Graeme, gotta link? Too lazy for a search.

Shaun

EDIT looks like my question crossed with your answer :lol: Thanks mate.
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Postby Kalgrm » Wed Jan 23, 2008 11:13 pm

Ah, your question crossed with my edit. ;)
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Postby Leigh_caines » Thu Jan 24, 2008 12:27 pm

G'day John [Lewis]
yes I saw your pics on the Yanky forum...
you do good stuff...
Would be good to see everyones recumbent shots :D

Well we made it up to 10...
guess that's not to bad...
We'll have to put off taking over the bike world till there is a few more of us... :roll:
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Postby khendar » Thu Jan 24, 2008 12:51 pm

I'm interested, but likely wont be getting one in a hurry. Aside from the cost, and getting it past the Minister for Finance, I don't ride enough to make it worthwhile for me. I'd love to give one a go though...*hint hint* :P
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Postby Uba Tracker » Thu Jan 24, 2008 12:56 pm

khendar wrote:I don't ride enough to make it worthwhile for me. I'd love to give one a go though...*hint hint* :P

Don't try to justify it, a man can never have too many toys. :D
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Postby Leigh_caines » Thu Jan 24, 2008 12:58 pm

My "Minister for Finance" bought my first recumbent for me...
She said it'd keep me off street corners...
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Postby Uba Tracker » Thu Jan 24, 2008 1:04 pm

Wow Leigh, street corners? You must have quite a chequered past. :wink: :wink:
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Postby khendar » Thu Jan 24, 2008 1:05 pm

Leigh_caines wrote:My "Minister for Finance" bought my first recumbent for me...
She said it'd keep me off street corners...


I just have to get out of the habit of hopping them :P
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Postby Kalgrm » Thu Jan 24, 2008 1:09 pm

Leigh_caines wrote:G'day John [Lewis]
yes I saw your pics on the Yanky forum...
you do good stuff...
Would be good to see everyones recumbent shots :D

Well we made it up to 10...
guess that's not to bad...
We'll have to put off taking over the bike world till there is a few more of us... :roll:

Your wish is my command: I started a thread for us to show off our 'bent leanings.

I think we'll only take over the world when everything is going downhill. Everyone reckons these have the advantage on the downhills .... ;) (Blessed are the sleek, for they shall inherit the world.)

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Postby Leigh_caines » Thu Jan 24, 2008 1:19 pm

Good one Graeme :D
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Postby Leigh_caines » Thu Jan 24, 2008 1:21 pm

>>chequered past<<

MMmmm... we best not go into that long tale...
Leave it for a late night story around the camp fire
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Postby Kalgrm » Sun Jan 27, 2008 2:42 pm

For anyone still on the edge of a decision, here's an interesting article which may tip you over .... :)

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Postby Mulger bill » Sun Jan 27, 2008 9:32 pm

Kalgrm wrote:For anyone still on the edge of a decision, here's an interesting article which may tip you over .... :)

Cheers,
Graeme


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