Recumbent


Hard to believe, but I still have more random parts for sale! This should be the last of it and a lot more than the last couple posts. (more…)

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So continues the aforementioned garage sale… (more…)

One thing that’s great about working in the bike industry is access to bike parts. This is especially true at Bike Friday, or any custom manufacturer, for that matter. The only thing that is not so great is all the left overs you end up with.

Thus, this begins a series of posts of stuff for sale in order to clean out the garage. Here’s the rules: Everything is as is. Assume used unless otherwise noted. I can ship to wherever, but the cost is not included. Payment by PayPal, check, money order, or cash. Contact me here. Happy shopping! (more…)

As seen on Craigslist, a few things well-suited to Bike Fridays of various shapes and sizes:

$1k worth of car rack equipment for tandems, triples, recumbents, etc. – $600 (Terry/Barger)

Reply to: sale-1031328223@craigslist.org [?]
Date: 2009-02-11, 7:11PM PST

In anticipation of finally freeing ourselves again from the constraints of our car, I am offering nearly $1000 retail of barely used bike rack equipment for sale at reasonable pricing:

Base roof rack system:
  • Thule 4502 Footpack for square bars, set of four for $95.
  • Thule LB50 Load Bars, set of two for $65.
Trays:

  • ATOC Tandem Topper TT-321 for triple tandems, long recumbents, and everything else with a wheelbase of less than 105″ (yes, that includes standard single bikes, too). Fork mount swivels for easy mounting. Includes Topper Lok and ML605 Padlock for the security of your vehicle (the pedal powered one!). $395.
  • ATOC Bike Topper High Topper BT-HT47 for single bikes with a 47″ or less wheelbase. Includes Topper Lok and ML605 Padlock. $95.

#### I WILL SELL THESE SEPARATELY ####
>>>> but it’s cheaper together. <<<<

For more info:
www.thuleracks.com
www.atoc.com

Call if you have any questions, need pics, or want to make an appointment to see them: Walter @ 541-556-6830

P.S. I can install them, too, if needed.


CycleOps Fluid² trainer – $225 (Terry/Barger)

Reply to: sale-1031344909@craigslist.org [?]
Date: 2009-02-11, 7:27PM PST

This is the trainer that Lance relied on. Come on, you know you want to be like Lance!

Seriously though, the resistance varies based on cadence or gear shifts so it really gives a natural road feel. Easy to get the bike on and off thanks to the Quick-Lock frame. Self-cooling.

Other fun technical information:
– Power output easily varies from less than 20 watts to over 725 watts (at an attainable 22.5 mph)
– 64-68 decibels measured @ 36″ 20 mph

I bought this for my wife but she got an injury that kept her from it. It got used maybe once or twice, seriously.

Includes wheel adapter for 24″ and 20″ wheels and 4 level climbing riser block.

More info at:
www.saris.com

Direct picture requests, questions, or make it yours via Walter @ 541-556-6830.

Speaking of selling bikes, I figured since I have an absolutely mint condition custom Australian Greenspeed narrow track GTS recumbent tricycle for sale, this would be a perfect opportunity for me to post my list of online resources to sell a bike. Before I get to that, back to the ‘bent-trike.

First off, I don’t know too much about it. I’m helping one of our best customers sell it. He has owned far too many Fridays to count over the long course of our relationship. I figured that this was the least I could do for him. I will mention that Dan is the kind of guy that really takes excellent care of his bicycles. Despite the fact that this bike was barely ridden (which is one of the few things about it that I do know– the trike experience didn’t mesh well with his cyclestyle), I know that it was babied from day one. That being said, you can check out the gallery of photos by clicking on the above example.

It’s very nicely equipped as you can see with 16″ wheels in the front, 20″ in the rear, Schlumpf Mountain Drive 2 speed bottom bracket with shift levers and a 66 tooth chainring from EGGrings in the UK, sealed cartridge bearing hubs from Greenspeed laced to Velocity rims in the front with Hope disc brakes attached, and an XTR set up in the rear. All in all, it’s got 18 very wide gears managed by your ankles (this is what makes the Schlumpf unique) and a single bar end shifter. It’s got a computer, rear rack, fenders, places to put extra accessories, a light mount, a mirror and a flag (not pictured). Shimano M324 pedals which can handle standard shoes or clipless without a problem are included. This bike could easily commute, tour, road ride, whatever. And it’s fun!

Now I can’t really elaborate too much on this, otherwise I’d ruin the surprise, but the money from this bike is going to a good cause– and one related to Bike Friday. I’ll reveal the secret once the money is received and allocated to this purpose. Meanwhile, rest assured that you are not only getting one of the best recumbent trikes in the market (which nearly everyone at the shop has ridden and loved), you are making a charitable contribution to someone who needs it.

So a bike of this nature would normally sell for about $5000. We’re looking to part with it for a very affordable $3500. Any serious inquiries, questions or comments, should be directed at me. I can answer in bulk through comments which would help all interested parties.

Having got that out of the way, here‘s the list of online resources to sell a bike yourself, should you not be so readily able to coerce me to post it on my blog. There are 3 sections. The 1st is applicable to all bikes and the latter two are specifically for recumbents and tandems. I’m sure you can sell your bike through one of these resources. Let me know if you need further advice doing so.

resources to sell any bike:

  1. craigslist – make sure to pick the right city as this is intended to be a local resource.
  2. Yak! – Bike Friday mailing list; they might take pity on you 🙂
  3. BicycleClassifieds
  4. BikeClassifieds
  5. Bicycle-Classifieds
  6. Total Bike
  7. United Bicycle Institute – in Ashland, OR
  8. Cycling Forums
  9. Trade a Bike
  10. EZ Classifieds
  11. National Bicycle Greenway
  12. eBay– when nothing else works

resources to sell a tandem:

  1. Tandems @ hobbes mailing list
  2. Tandem Magazine Online
  3. Tandem Club of America
  4. Tandem Network
  5. National Bike Greenway Tandems
  6. And don’t forget about the used tandem price estimating tool!

resources to sell a recumbent:

  1. recumbents.com
  2. Hostel Shoppe – the largest U.S. recumbent dealer
  3. International Human Powered Vehicles Association
  4. Oregon Human Powered Vehicles
  5. Bent Rider On Line

Oh! As this list is, I know, not exhaustive, if you have any other resources, please leave them in the comments. I know that among other things there are probably a ton of cycling mailing lists and newsgroups that would be applicable as well. If anyone knows any that are particularly friendly to posts about selling bikes, please comment away.

Lastly, I should make a plug for Bike Friday. We have a whole slew of used bikes for sale currently (and we take trade ins!). For those not accustomed to our certified pre-owned program, we offer the same guarantees as a new bike (lifetime on the frame, 30 day money-back), a free overhaul (where we replace bad parts for free), and a free custom stem to make sure that the bike fits you like a glove (given that the mainframe and seat tube fit ok). Not to mention the fact that we can get them out the door usually within a couple weeks and in a rare case, sometimes far less. What do you have to lose?

As I’ve said rather verbosely in the past, I think we really produced a winner with our new recumbent. It did have one rather bad achilles heel: it didn’t have good instructions. It rode like a dream– nice and fast. But packing and folding was usually anything but fast while you struggled with trying to make sense of how it was supposed to work. Well now all that is in the process of being changed. Lynette’s been slowly chipping away at the manual while she’s been on the road and I have seen the rough draft at the shop. All it needs is a little editing and it should be good to go. The video is going to take us a little while longer as it may even need new footage. In the meanwhile, the raw footage that we used for the manual is available on the main page for the bike as well as on youtube.com. Hopefully this should make the whole experiencing of owning such a nice travel ‘bent all the more enjoyable!

SatRDay MkII TourFirst, a disclaimer: I realize I work for Bike Friday, but this is not hyperbole. There’s no lying here. If I didn’t feel this way, I would just keep my mouth shut at the very least. I certainly wouldn’t say something to betray my true feelings.

Now, back to the subject at hand: The new SatRDay MkII Tour. For those not in the know, I have blogged about this in the past not once, not twice, but three times. In case it’s not obvious, this is our new recumbent! There are even a few specifications online but like all other Bike Fridays, they’re entirely custom.

I’ve been riding the heck out of this showroom model we have. In fact, it started out as a desire to get home after not having a bike (long story), but I haven’t stopped. I continue to ride it every day, back and forth to work. I’m still trying to figure out what has me so intrigued about it, but I do really, really like it. Though I have no bias against recumbents, I have never seriously thought about owning one. However, I’ve spent the past few days spec’ing out my SatRDay MkII in my head. 🙂

I’m still riding it the same way: street clothes, no gloves, sandals. I have added a computer (note the main unit is mounted just behind the head tube on the main tube, an idea which I borrowed from my fixed gear as it provides more reliability and really makes sense on a recumbent as its pretty much within the normal field of vision), a rear rack (note that this is the older version of the SatRDay where the front rack mounts were a little too far forward, so this ends up being close to the seat and causes the problems Larry Varney mentioned as far as clearances are concerned, but the assembly of the rack is the same on the new one and you’ll notice it’s a little different than the way it’s assembled on the wedgies), and a FastBack tool kit/water bottle holder set up (you’ll notice a grey bottle on the back side of the seat).

This thing weighs 33 pounds as you see it, about twice (!) the weight of my fixed gear. Despite the fact that I usually ride the fix with clipless pedals and I haven’t gone that route with the new bent, I still manage to keep up the same level of performance on the flats. Overall, I actually find it somewhat easier to go as fast on this thing, especially in the intense headwinds that often sweep over the wetlands on the way to my house in the late afternoon.

I have found I do like it more reclined, so that I’m sitting more on my lower back than on my butt and I think this is the intention with the bike. I found that I had some pressure points when I had it a little more upright. I also wasn’t as comfortable, and couldn’t get so nice a view of the morning sky’s colors. It’s much easier to push the performance level higher with the higher bottom bracket (I’ve raised it to its max height– and yes, it is adjustable), too.

This bike (I think) has a boom which is a bit too short for me as I have the seat all the way back on the rails and can just barely (but still comfortably) reach the handlebars. Because of this crucial distance, I would strongly suggest making sure you measure your xseam correctly when you order one. Do NOT follow the Hostel’s Shoppe’s advice.

Despite the fact that I’m a little long in reach and a little short in leg extension and the fact that I’m laying back quite a bit on the bike with a very high bottom bracket height, I really haven’t had any problems with stability. Sure, in the beginning I was very wobbly. Now I pedal through turns taking them very quickly (and I have never hit a knee, thus proving the utility of “tweener bars” despite the fact that they do tend to be a problem turning at very slow speeds), I have no problem maneuvering tight corners with a trailer or panniers, and getting started doesn’t mean I end up in the middle of the street. I also might mention that even with only one pannier on the rear rack, there was really no noticable change in handling. Considering the monostay rear end design, this was incredibly surprising. Oh, and I have no problem taking my hand (haven’t felt entirely comfortable taking both off– yet) off the handlebar and reaching around to grab the water bottle, to take a phone call, or to switch songs on the iPod.

This does bring up another note, though: I can’t put anything in my shorts pockets or in a jersey pocket like I used to. You’d be sitting on anything in the latter and everything would fall out of the former. I’ve been wearing a lot of button up shirts lately so I could make use out of the breast pockets, but it would be cool to have one of those recumbent jerseys that have the pockets on the front.

So I’m thinking about a commuter, probably with a Schmidt dynamo front hub with Oval Plus light (no need for batteries and the light has a capacitor in it which charges when you ride so you can still see when you’re stopped) and an internal hub of some sort. Dave has had pretty good luck with a Shimano Nexus and that’s one reason I’m thinking along these lines. SRAM is slated to come out with a new 9 speed internal shortly and that would be nice.

Part of this thought, though, is the knowledge that recumbents are at a disadvantage going up hill, so I don’t imagine myself doing a lot of hill climbing with them. However, this is also true for tandems and yet because of the nature of the tandem itself (i.e. the fact that we can ride together and work together), hills are almost more enjoyable when my wife and I ride ours. I wonder if the joy I have faced every morning and afternoon riding this thing wouldn’t help it up the hills after all.

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