I've been interested in getting one of those for some time now. Just too cheap to shell out that much coin when my 25 year old Fuji Sports 12 is still in good shape. I wonder how many miles are on it now???
My bike is a 25 year old Ross 12 speed. It is very similar to your fuji i think.
I rode a recumbent around a bike shop's parking lot one time. The steering seemed a bit strange, but you would adapt to that over time.
Metro, it you get the chance try to climb a steep hill and tell us if you surived.
2008 EPA adjusted:
Distance traveled by bicycle in 2007= 1,830ish miles
Average commute speed=25mph (yes, that's in a car)
One other drawback I realized on this trip: you can't use your legs as "suspension" for your butt. On a standard bike, you often stand or at least tension your legs to go off a curb or through a sharp bump. But you must remain seated and get it full force on the bent. Rear suspension would be good.
But still a lot of fun. Total grin factor. I'll be making up reasons to go places on this bike.
If you don't like the twitchEness, you can try replacing the headset ball bearings with needle bearings. They aren't as loose, and really allow for a decent amount of trail w/o the looser steering bouncing all over the road imo.
Originally Posted by FormulaTwo
I think if i could get that type of FE i would have no problem driving a dildo shaped car.
Thanks for the tip. If it were my bike and not just a loaner, I'd seriously consider that.
Went for a 39 km tour on Friday. Didn't push hard, just nice and steady. Knees ached a little by the end, but it's hard to say whether that's just me or the bikeE; I don't do 39 km rides on my regular bike, so I have nothing to compare it to.
Aside from being tired at the end (I'm not in particularly awesome shape), I can say that my butt/back/neck were NOT sore at all. And that riding the BikeE is much more condusive to sightseeing.