Author Topic: Cruzbike on eBay  (Read 3605 times)

Charlotte

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Cruzbike on eBay
« on: April 06, 2009, 01:13:00 pm »
What in the name of Satan's firey arse is this infernal contraption?

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arallsopp

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Re: Cruzbike on eBay
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2009, 01:14:23 pm »
Yes, its true. Its actually an original and rare "bike-that-Charlotte-doesn't-own". :)
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LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Cruzbike on eBay
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2009, 01:16:50 pm »
Cruzbikes were originally a retrofit to a standard MTB frame but have shifted to supplying framekits.

It is a moving bottom bracket recumbent - similar to a penny farthing, pushing the pedals affects the steering.  As with a penny, technique improves over time and you can learn to ride them no hands.
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Re: Cruzbike on eBay
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2009, 01:33:41 pm »
As far as I can make out, they have a small, but very keen and growing following...

I'm far from convinced, myself, but I'd quite like a test ride to see what they're like.

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Charlotte

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Re: Cruzbike on eBay
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2009, 01:39:23 pm »
Yes, its true. Its actually an original and rare "bike-that-Charlotte-doesn't-own". :)

*pouts*
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donpedro

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Re: Cruzbike on eBay
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2009, 02:04:52 pm »
Why on earth make a aerodynamic recumbent with such upright seating position? The use of narrow 700c wheels together with full suspension is also a contradiction me think.  ::-)

"If it's so good why are you selling it?", I'd answer truthfully that this bike is a bit too fast and wild for me, now I'm in my mid sixties and I've targetted something a bit more sedate!!"
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Re: Cruzbike on eBay
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2009, 02:20:04 pm »
*pictures teenagers in gasmasks in nighttime west london*
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Re: Cruzbike on eBay
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2009, 05:43:09 pm »
Cruzbike. Been around for a while.

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I tried building a MBB FWD drive recumbent, just to see what all the fuss was about. Admittedly it was not of the same refined workmanship of the Silvio, but it was an example of the style nevertheless, and I tried to follow the geometery that 'those in the know' were suggesting [namely Tom Traylor].

Only problem was, It was an absolute bloody nightmare to ride. I took it round the nearest car park where I test my bikes and within minutes I'd banished any idea that this thing was going out on the road. No. No. No. Scary stuff. I'd hope a pro bike would have better handling!

Met a guy on PBP who very successfully rode a homemade MBB FWD recumbent, so it obviously works well for some people.
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Re: Cruzbike on eBay
« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2009, 08:56:29 pm »
I remember seening the kit designed to fit a BSO1 ages ago, and thinking "we now have a RSO2 - a recumbent shaped object."

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Re: Cruzbike on eBay
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2009, 08:25:10 am »
Mmmmm... tempting....
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Re: Cruzbike on eBay
« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2009, 12:35:59 pm »
Scary stuff. I'd hope a pro bike would have better handling!

There was someone riding one round and round the inside of the Community Centre in Battle Mountain last year, so I imagine it's OK once you get used to it.  And it appears to have handlebars for more than just being a convenient place to hang the brake and gear controls.

TWFKAML once met a chap who swore blind he'd never even seen a recumbent before, yet was able to ride a Flevobike without the customary three weeks of falling off.
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