Anyone selling a recumbent?

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Stradageek
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Anyone selling a recumbent?

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Hi Guys

My son is suffering from increasing back problems whilst cycling (especially when towing his kiddie trailer) and is looking to move to the dark side having seen my back problems disappear when I switched to recumbents.

He's looking at the cheap-and-cheerful end of the market, with an urban bias rather than speed. I'm thinking along the lines of a BikeE, Oke-Ja, Dawes Lowrider etc. He just missed a Challenge Mistral which would also have done nicely.

I know Dtek is an option but my son is a long way away in Exeter so I'm just throwing this message out there in case anyone on this forum can be persuaded to part with an old unused machine in any condition.

Many thanks

Stradageek
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Hi SG,
I have a HPV Speedmachine which I am happy to sell. Looking at £500, collection from Birmingham.
I don't know where your local spot would be, happy to show him about the bike (and he could have a go on my trike if he likes - though that's not for sale).
If I had a baby elephant, I would put it on a recumbent trike so that it would become invisible.
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Hi BG

You guys on the forum are really coming up trumps, so far I've been offered Peer Gynt, a Kett and now a SM.

I have a SM myself and although I used it as my commuter bike for many years I'm not sure about my son navigating Exeter's sometimes narrow cycle path network whilst towing a 3yr old in a trailer :? My son has tried my SM and loves the comfort and sculpted seat but it may not be the best option.

As an update I have decided to lend my son my BikeE for a few weeks to try out the whole idea. I do hitch a trailer to my BikeE and have carried considerable loads on narrow cycle paths so I'm sure it will work. The main issue is whether the seat works with his back. If it doesn't the SM may be an option, so can we take a rain check (terrible Americanism, sorry) on the offer for now?

Many thanks again

Stradageek
belgiangoth
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No worries, let me know how he gets on.

My ad on the forum for the SPM has expired (or something) and I haven't renewed it as I will find something to do with it while I still own it, but it makes sense to sell it if the right person comes up. I have had about six chats about selling it and in all cases it wasn't the right bike for that person. I did think the SPM might not be the right option as a starter recumbent.
If I had a baby elephant, I would put it on a recumbent trike so that it would become invisible.
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you have pm
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[XAP]Bob
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Stradageek wrote: 11 Jan 2022, 12:40pm Hi BG

You guys on the forum are really coming up trumps, so far I've been offered Peer Gynt, a Kett and now a SM.

I have a SM myself and although I used it as my commuter bike for many years I'm not sure about my son navigating Exeter's sometimes narrow cycle path network whilst towing a 3yr old in a trailer :? My son has tried my SM and loves the comfort and sculpted seat but it may not be the best option.

As an update I have decided to lend my son my BikeE for a few weeks to try out the whole idea. I do hitch a trailer to my BikeE and have carried considerable loads on narrow cycle paths so I'm sure it will work. The main issue is whether the seat works with his back. If it doesn't the SM may be an option, so can we take a rain check (terrible Americanism, sorry) on the offer for now?

Many thanks again

Stradageek
Might it be possible to change the seat on the BikeE?
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[XAP]Bob wrote: 13 Jan 2022, 2:47pm Might it be possible to change the seat on the BikeE?
Interestingly, that is exactly what my son said :D . My reply was, "All things are possible but some are more difficult that others - and this looks difficult".

I wonder if anyone has done it - the internet searching begins :wink:
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"this looks difficult" - that's probably enough to look for a different machine instead
A shortcut has to be a challenge, otherwise it would just be the way. No situation is so dire that panic cannot make it worse.
There are two kinds of people in this world: those can extrapolate from incomplete data.
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As you are in Exeter have you spoken to Tom at Freetrike. I recently bought an ICE Adventure 1 from Tom and would recommend his services.
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There's an Oke-Ja on Facebook going for a song, in York. It looks decent but I have no connection with the seller.
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Cheers Upwrong, it does look like a bargain, I'll investigate further
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