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Old 06-02-2007, 09:16 PM   #31
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Cool find!

I know thats an old mountain bike by how the stem/handlebars are all one piece.
Mid to late 80s is my guess.


I am no commuter, but I ride my bike to places that I skateboard. I bungee my skateboard to the rear rack and ride to the town next to me (about 8 miles round trip).
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Old 06-03-2007, 05:05 AM   #32
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Hey kick, I just noticed your sig line: "Distance traveled by bicycle in 2007=616miles"

Odometer or manual calcs?

I figure I'm biking around 45 km/28 mi a week, not counting recreational rides.

EDIT: think I'll add that to my sig...
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Old 06-03-2007, 05:55 AM   #33
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Yeah, thats from my bike computer. I just updated my signature so it is fairly accurate. I rode a lot in may (over 300 miles).
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Old 06-08-2007, 07:59 PM   #34
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Ordered this one today. I looked at several that sat a lot lower. Right or wrong I went with one that had a fairly high seat with base angle adjustment.

http://www.cyclegenius.com/ltx.html

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I have had the bike for about 3 days now. Yes a long wheel base recumbent takes a bit of getting used to. I have never been so comfortable on a bike before in my life. This is pretty cool. You can ride for a half hour and get off and not hurt any where. I should have done this years ago.
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Cool! That's what I found on the BikeE that I borrowed last fall = comfortable. Makes you wonder why anyone would ever ride a standard bike.

Speaking of...

Beater bike update: some minor problems (left crank arm keeps loosening, a couple of tight links in the chain cause some skipping), but it's a keeper. Much more comfy than the 10 spd, and also more flexible & tougher.

It even came with a cheap 3-digit combination lock, which I picked in about 10 minutes. I like the bike enough that I've actually gotten into the habit of locking it with said cheap-o lock - something I never did with the 10 speed.

But I don't have to be too worried about it getting stolen, judging by the comments I regularly get. I had a car full of kids go past me this evening and someone yelled "NICE BIKE HAHAHA!"
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I've been thinking allot about setting myself up with a short wheel base recumbent. For some reason there is always a major headwind on my commute home and I'm hoping that will help.

Anyway, aside from the storage tradeoff, I'm wondering if anybody can clue me in to what other differences I would be seeing with a short wheel base bike vs. a long one?

Either way, I'm planning to build it myself, so cost can more or less be discounted.
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Old 06-09-2007, 12:53 PM   #37
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Anyway, aside from the storage tradeoff, I'm wondering if anybody can clue me in to what other differences I would be seeing with a short wheel base bike vs. a long one?

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Sorry I can't clue you in being so new to these but I will say that I think they are layed out the way they are to keep your feet out of the front wheel. I think that is the main criteria that drives the various configurations. Maybe that didn't need to be said.

After reading MetroMPG's comments I guess my next thing to buy is a good cable and lock. I had a beater bike stolen about 30 years ago and it bugged me for a long time. I had rebuilt it and laced up new alloy wheels. I did not have much money in it but to replace it with same new was $260 at that time.
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mine would be horrible tricky to steal. People can clearly hear me driving by with thier windows shut in their homes/business's haha.

BTW- Safety tip - Don't drive a bicycle while carying a towel/shirt/pants/cloth on your handle bars. I was doing this today, and it got sucked into the front tire, and BAM instant over the handle bar moment!
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Anyway, aside from the storage tradeoff, I'm wondering if anybody can clue me in to what other differences I would be seeing with a short wheel base bike vs. a long one?
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To me the long ones look like they would be more stable, since they are lower (aren't they?). To me the short one looks twitchy. But I have never driven either. It seems like one with larger diameter wheels would have less rolling resistance.
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clencher: great story!

red91sit: but if the thief takes the hockey cards out of the spokes, they might be able to get away quietly...
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