Nazca Fuego or Back to the future!

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swscotland bentrider
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Nazca Fuego or Back to the future!

Postby swscotland bentrider » 7 Dec 2018, 8:35pm

My first ever 'bent was a Fuego. I found it a bit too 'twitchy' for me and moved on to a succession of high racers. Then David at Laid-back loaned me his demo bike. What a difference. The accumulated experience of bent riding had ironed out that twitchiness and now it felt as stable as a stable thing. I bought another. Eventually I moved it on and spent some time on a Challenge Furai. Good but lacking in some ways. I sold it and for a while was bentless (is that a word?) A survey of my bike shed showed I had almost enough stuff to build another bike, so today I collected my next project, an apple green Fuego frameset that I intend to build and use for this years tour. I'll report on progress but already it is so good to be back! :D

hercule
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Re: Nazca Fuego or Back to the future!

Postby hercule » 7 Dec 2018, 8:45pm

My Fuego was bought second hand from David quite a few years ago, it’s the 4th recumbent bike I’ve owned (we shall say nothing of the trikes...) and though the learning curve has been lengthy, it’s pretty much the only two wheeler I ride now. I don’t intend to part with it ever! Switching to superman bars has transformed it for me.

swscotland bentrider
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Re: Nazca Fuego or Back to the future!

Postby swscotland bentrider » 7 Dec 2018, 8:56pm

I've always used tiller on the Fuego, but I have a set of superman bars on a Performer stem in the shed. After reading the experiences of a few of you I may give them a try.

recumbentpanda
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Re: Nazca Fuego or Back to the future!

Postby recumbentpanda » 11 Dec 2018, 11:29am

+1 for the Fuego! Modded mine to give a slightly wider gear range at both ends over standard ‘touring set up. Very happy with tiller as I have numerous very tight corners to negotiate -push tiller forward for slow speed manoeuvres, lay back again for that lovely mile eating feeling. Hands close together over the brake pods to reduce any twitchy impulses from the rider.

Got accosted twice yesterday by riders asking if it had a motor . . . :lol:

hercule
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Re: Nazca Fuego or Back to the future!

Postby hercule » 11 Dec 2018, 9:34pm

I will admit to being tempted to go back and try the tiller once again... after much more time on the bike this past summer (due to feeling more confident in riding it) I might not be so liable to seize up in slow manoeuvres as I did before. It’s a bit more aero and I can lay the seat back a bit more again (have to have it fully upright with the superman bars or I can’t reach!). If you don’t fit the cables inside the stem it should only be a matter of twenty minutes or so to switch over.