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New Bike New Motivation
 Slo_Joe member offline
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posted 12/20/2019
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So I've been riding recumbents for over 20 years. Y'know bikes that look like this:



And this past year not a lot of motivation to ride for some reason. I just bought a new, different kind of bike called a "crank forward" where the crank is in front of your feet. I bought it to tackle hillier rides and for the "funnit". And every time I hop on an "upright" it just feels more funner like being a kid again. Also crank forwards are designed to be more comfortable as it is a more upright riding position. Will find out if that is true on a 50 miler this spring.

So yesterday I assembled the bike and the only place to ride it was the parking lot. Lots of wet, slushy roads still. DId a whole bunch of circles and figure eights. I LOVE THIS BIKE and can't wait to do a whole bunch of rides.

Funny where motivation comes from. This was just fun to ride. And a new spark to ride!!!

This is my crank forward. An Alterra 700. Plan on a LOT of cranking.

Has a new bike given you new joy and motivation?

thread edited on 12/20/2019 at 11:27:17 AM

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posted 12/20/2019
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I've always said that there is a "new carbon effect" when someone in the club gets a new bike. For a while anyway, they ride faster. There is a thrill in a new bike.

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posted 12/20/2019
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Hmm, earlier this year I decided to go in the other direction. I sold off three of my four bikes to trim my fleet to just one bike. It simplifies my life, and makes taking care of just one bike seem like such a simple task. My only remaining bike is a Surly Troll all-around bike. It is also a good touring bike. I have the flat handlebars set fairly high, slightly above the seat height, so I am more upright than most road bike riders. My Troll is set up with full fenders & mud flaps, dynamo generator lighting system, 2" wide tires, beefy rear rack for hauling panniers and a Brooks B67 classic sprung saddle. I have never seen a bike like mine for sale in a bike shop in the USA, but I have seen lots of similar ones in Germany.

All of my bikes in the past 30+ years have been "home made", built up by myself from the bare frame using my own preference of components. I build my own wheels too. Somehow when I go into a bike shop and see all the latest bikes, none of them really get my interest aside from an occasional one I see that is not a mass produced model.

Slo Joe, can you put a rack on that new bike to carry a pannier, or is it strictly a fair weather day tripping sort of bike? If I lived in OR, I would definitely add full fenders & mud flaps.

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posted 12/20/2019
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Back in April of this year I bought a used hybrid upright bike. My first "regular" bike since 2010 when I started riding recumbents. I bought the bike as a test to see if I would mind sitting on a regular saddle and put up with all the little issues that go along with riding an upright bike, like neck, wrist, and hand soreness.

The purpose of the test was to see if I could still ride a regular bike on the gravel roads which are exceedingly abundant in the State of Mooshigan. I tried riding a recumbent bike on the gravel roads a few years ago but the bike was too big and too heavy for me and I ended up selling it.

So, back to the test of a regular hybrid bike. It was a complete success. I loved taking it on the back back-roads that surround the area we live in. The thing I enjoy the most is getting away from the increasingly nasty motor vehicle population. There are still jerks out there on the dirt roads but there are way fewer of them so, I can relax and enjoy the country side.

The test was such a success that I planned on getting a new gravel specific bike next spring when we return from Florida. With that in mind, I went into my favorite LBS about 3 weeks ago and told the owner what I wanted to do. I was hoping to give him a down payment and send him some money in a kind of installment plan. I told the owner that there were 2 bikes I was interested in, both were made by Jamis Bikes.

The owner told me that he just happened to have one of last years models on hand that was his demo bike and that he would sell it to me for 500 bucks off of the MSRP. I walked out the door with an almost brand new bike that I have been grinding up the gravel on for the last 3 weeks. I love it.

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posted 12/20/2019
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I went the opposite direction. Last year the hybrid bike I bought for commuting and made my city bike when spouse and I bought a place in the city got too worn out to fix up anymore. I bought a new bike to replace it and it just hasn't been the same. Something, probably the crank arms, squeak whenever I put much torque into my pedaling and it seems to always have some problem. That bike and I just haven't meshed.

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posted 12/20/2019
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Slo Joe, can you put a rack on that new bike to carry a pannier, or is it strictly a fair weather day tripping sort of bike? If I lived in OR, I would definitely add full fenders & mud flaps.
-- posted by raymondj


Raymondj, RANS sells a rear rack for their crank forward bikes, and most any pannier will fit on their rack. AFAIK, they have front panniers, as well.

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Slo Joe, can you put a rack on that new bike to carry a pannier, or is it strictly a fair weather day tripping sort of bike? If I lived in OR, I would definitely add full fenders & mud flaps.
-- posted by raymondj


Raymondj, RANS sells a rear rack for their crank forward bikes, and most any pannier will fit on their rack. AFAIK, they have front panniers, as well.

-- posted by LeoH


Sir Raymond. What he said. I ordered a rack from RANS and will mount it within a week or so.

As for OR, I live in central Oregon which has a whole bunch of sunny days unlike the cities of Portland OR and even more so, Seattle WA, so fenders aren't really needed. We live east of the Cascades which keeps most of the ugly weather on the other side of the mountains. In my community there are 40 miles of paved trails and they get plowed so if it is a decent (40+) wintery day I'll bike to the gym, etc.

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posted 12/21/2019
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Joe, I'm looking forward to hearing more about your new bike. I know one member on here who has had one for years and loves it, so I've been thinking about one for awhile. Not in the market just yet, but who knows what the future may hold? Have fun!

Oh, dear, I see Rans has a dealer in the town where my brother lives...a mere three hours from me. I'll be visiting him in July, so may have to also visit the dealer.
post edited on 12/21/2019 at 5:57:32 AM

 Slo_Joe member offline
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Bacchetta Carbon Basso GS
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'BentRider Recumbent Club
posted 12/21/2019
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Joe, I'm looking forward to hearing more about your new bike. I know one member on here who has had one for years and loves it, so I've been thinking about one for awhile. Not in the market just yet, but who knows what the future may hold? Have fun!

Oh, dear, I see Rans has a dealer in the town where my brother lives...a mere three hours from me. I'll be visiting him in July, so may have to also visit the dealer.
-- posted by russtaitai


It will be 42 today so I might get the cold clothes out and go for a bit longer ride. Not until spring for real feed back.

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posted 12/21/2019
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I had one of those bikes for a short while - top of the line. Maybe I didn't give it a fair chance.

It hurt my back when riding it - and I didn't spend much time tweaking it in order to try other positions - so I gave it away to a guy to whom I owed a moral debt.

After that I never heard from him again - so I don't know if he liked it or not.

In my case - I just wasted my money.

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posted 12/21/2019
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Joe, I'm looking forward to hearing more about your new bike. I know one member on here who has had one for years and loves it, so I've been thinking about one for awhile. Not in the market just yet, but who knows what the future may hold? Have fun!

Oh, dear, I see Rans has a dealer in the town where my brother lives...a mere three hours from me. I'll be visiting him in July, so may have to also visit the dealer.
-- posted by russtaitai
Yes, OpusThePoet rode one for several years until it was stolen.
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