Since we got a new truck, Dusty and I were trying to figure out the best way to take our bikes with us when going camping this year. It turns out carrying my 8ft long homebuilt recumbent in a 5.5ft bed while maintaining the ability to hook up the trailer is going to require either a big chunk of change or a little ingenuity. I’m hoping the latter works out.
Since we have one nice bike and the other is a piece of junk from Toys R’ Us, we decided to see what it would cost to find a new decent mountain bike. A new bike would be easier to transport, since you could actually take the front wheel off and clamp it in the truck… After visiting a couple of bike shops here in town, we were somewhat dissatisfied at what even the entry-level ones run.
When we got home, Dusty started checking a few online places to see what used recumbents were selling for. We both like recumbents, and Dusty covets my homebuilt when we ride together. We knew that new ones were VERY expensive (about 3-4 times as expensive as an equivalent upright), but as it turns out they’re very expensive on the used market as well.
However, there was one exception… Dusty brought up Craigslist for the surrounding areas and found an ad for a Sun EZ Speedster CX, new-in-box, for a very, very nice price. Let’s just say it was about 60% off of the prices for the same bike around here or online, and in the ballpark of the mountain bikes we were looking at. On Saturday we hustled down to the St. Louis area where Sam from St. Louis Recumbents had one all set up for me, and we took it home. It’s a nice bike which has been discontinued (which I’m not concerned about). It’s a little on the heavy side, which is OK, because it’s way easier for me to drop 5 pounds than to afford buying a bike that weights 5 pounds less! Here’s a stock photo (I’m too lazy to take a picture):
Hopefully we’ll have a little more of that unseasonably warm weather pretty soon so I can get out and ride a bit without wearing a snowmobiling suit.