Bacchetta Will Be Closed For The Holidays and Thank You!

We will be closed from Tuesday, December 22nd through January 4th, 2010 when we will re-open to regular winter hours.

If you have basic questions during this time, we recommend contacting your dealer or asking the question on our forum, which we will continue to monitor during this period.

In the context of a bad year, we’ve had a pretty damn good one.  We credit this to our customers who keep spreading the word and our dealers, who stuck with us through the good times and bad.  In other words, we love you guys!

And last, but far from least, to all of our friends and family who are serving or have served in the Armed Forces, we say Thank You, for everything.  It’s hardly enough, but know it means everything.

Bella- The Transportable Long Wheelbase Recumbent

One common complaint with a LWB recumbent, is transportability.  After all, they are quite a bit longer than a SWB recumbent.  But who says you cannot at least make a go at it?  Let’s face it, these days a ton of people are driving vans, trucks w/toppers or SUV’s and want their bike inside.  And although this article may not work for everyone, it will at least give you some numbers to work with and show you the possibilities. 
Note: this is a stock bike, with no fancy aftermarket quick release gadgets attached. 

Below is the Bella, built up and ready to ride.  For the sake of this article, let’s say it’s a short frame, which is 4″ shorter than the large frame.  As is, it sits at about 88″ wheel tip to wheel tip and stands around 42″ high at the top of the seat back.  That’s a pretty good sized bike to transport.

Bella, Ready to Ride

Bella, Ready to Ride

But because of our B-Pivot adjustable stem and easy to remove seat- due to our improved seat clamp that came out this year and is stock on our bikes- we can take quite a bit of length and height out of the equation and  do it in record time.  All it takes is to loosen off the seat bottom and pull it forward, remove the front wheel and spin the h-bars around and lay them down.  A visual example is below.

Bella, ready to transport

Bella, Ready to Transport

In the ready to transport version, this bike has a length of 73″ and a height to the top of the handlebars (highest point) of 32″.  That means we’ve eliminated 15″ off the length and, 10″ from the height.  We could probably get rid of another 6-10″, by rotating the handlebars down, but I wanted the re-assembly to be as smooth as possible, by not having to waste time finding your old h-bar position.  

Now for the big question: how long did this take?  At an extremely casual pace, this took me 42 seconds!  The only tool I used, was a long handled, 5mm allen wrench.  And if you wanted to completely remove the seat, for transporting on a roof rack, it would probably take you another 5-10 seconds, depending on if you have pull pins or velo clamps.  Yet, you’re seat bottom position will always remain the same, due to our seat clamp design.  

Simple, right?  So what about re-assembly?  That must have taken a bit more time.  It did.  It took me 68 seconds to re-assemble it to the ready to ride setup, including forgetting to put in the front wheel first (highly recommended).  If you completely removed the seat and needed to re-install, maybe add 20-30 seconds to this time.  Either way, you’re at less than 1 minute to get it broken down and way less than 2 minutes, to set it back up.  Below are those numbers again.

Small/Large Bella (ready to ride, wheel tip to wheel tip): 88″/94″

Small/Large Bella (ready for transport wheel tip to fork tip): 73″ long, 32″ high/77″ long, 32″ high

Time to dis-assmble: 42 seconds (right at a minute, if you remove the seat)

Time to re-assemble: 68 seconds (around 1 minute 45 seconds if you need to add the seat)

So there you have it, a LWB recumbent that rides great, has the best component package compared to price and is easy to transport.  Enjoy!

Bacchetta Updates- Winter Hours and New Shop Items

Just a couple of items I want to keep everyone abreast of…

New Winter Hours- Starting this week, our office will be open Monday-Thursday, 9:30 am till 5:30 pm, ET.  We will be closed on Fridays, until phone and email traffic pick up again- hopefully early next year.  We’ll also be taking these Friday’s to work on finalizing new product and begin work on completely revamping our website (I’m talkin’ BIG baby!).

Believe it or not, we actually just had our best November, since we started shipping bikes in 2002.  Matter of fact, our sales for this November were better than 2008′s November and December combined.  This, coupled with an excellent August, September and October, hopefully means there are brighter days ahead for all of us. 

New Shop Items- We have a lot of customers, who are nowhere near a good dealer.  To that end, we’ve added a few, necessary items to our shop and you can check them out here: New Bacchetta Shop Items. 

That’s it for now.