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Old 10-31-2011, 10:23 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Hi Neil -

It's about 350 km from here. I've heard of BlueVelo before - I believe he also used to sell the Go One velo - another gorgeous machine (the nicest looking, IMO). And about $12k new!

The interesting thing is he offers rentals as well. I get to Toronto a couple of times a year to visit friends, and they're even in the same part of the city as Bluevelo. I had forgotten about the rental option, but I really would like to try one.

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Old 11-08-2011, 10:50 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Evox update!

I've been riding it around for just over a week.

Summary: Much Fun.

Pedaling away, I sometimes get the odd feeling of being on holidays. (That's the sight-seeing nature of the comfy, upright seating position for you.) Just like the BikeE, I'm looking for reasons to hop on the bike to go somewhere. Not that I need reasons.

Size wise, I can say that with the bars & seatpost adjusted just past their maximum extension marks, it fits me OK. But it really is a bit too small for my 5'10". ( I have fantasized about cutting out the bottom bracket and relocating it about 2 inches forward. ...I will not be doing this.)

I will be welding a reinforcement on the seatback support. It was pushed back/bent, over the years, and re-set several times. The metal is getting work fatigued.
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Old 11-09-2011, 09:47 AM   #13 (permalink)
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So I happened to read yesterday that apparently bearded, geeky guys gravitate to recumbent style bikes.

No beard here, usually, but geekiness aplenty.

With apologies to non-nerd recumbent riders for contributing to the stereotype.
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Old 11-10-2011, 10:11 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I don't have a beard, either, but, being an engineer, am by definition geeky.

Actually, I gravitated to a recumbent because I play guitar and a recumbent has a lot less stress on the hands and wrists.
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Old 11-10-2011, 10:31 PM   #15 (permalink)
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What kind of 'bent, sid? For commuting, touring, or just biking around?

(Me: mostly just biking around. Errands & stuff.)
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Old 11-11-2011, 09:29 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Glad you`re enjoying your new plaything, er... high efficiency transport, MMPG! Sounds like you have the itch to start hacking at it already

Going a little OT here, is CCM still around? Is/was that a manufacturer, or strictly an importer who designed and marketed with the actual manufacture contracted out? Just curious- they don`t grow this far south, so they`re sort of an enigma for me.
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Old 11-11-2011, 10:24 AM   #17 (permalink)
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CCM = Canadian Cycle & Motor Company Ltd

They started in 1899, apparently: CCM (cycle) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

You can still buy new CCM bikes, but they're apparently just a "label" now though - no manufacturing.
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Old 11-13-2011, 11:01 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Mine is a RANS V-Rex. I've been riding a recumbent since 2001. I use it for exercise (usually do two 60 mile minimum rides a week) and errands.
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Old 11-14-2011, 12:42 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I'm a beardless, geeky engineer. My recumbent is a Rans Vivo. It is full suspension, 20" wheels.

This one linked is not mine...
A RANS Vivo to brighten your day | RBR Recumbent Bike Riders
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Old 11-14-2011, 01:42 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Well, since MMPG`s thread has now been pretty well hijacked already....

...My homebrew. I call it We Wrecks.

EDIT: Damn, not having good luck inserting images these days.
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