Just wanted to let everyone know that there are some great ride reports from Bacchetta Team riders posted at Ultra Race News for this years Heart of the South.
I have always been a casual bike rider, but in the last five years or so I have used bicycling as a way to keep my weight under control and break the monotony of running. Inexpensive mountain bikes were my initial choice and I enjoyed trail riding combined with bike paths. I started increasing my distances and riding the roads a little, but noticed occasional numbness in the groin on longer rides and pains in the back and wrist (which I broke a long time ago).
My first club ride was done on a $300 dollar mountain bike and everyone else had expensive bikes and gear. I was the only guy with a kick stand, disk brakes, and 2 inch+ tires. One guy passed me and said “I can hear your tires.” On this particular ride I saw my first two recumbent bikes. One was a low racer of some type and the other was a Bacchetta Giro. Maybe I have been living under a rock but I really don’t remember seeing any recumbent before, but I was definitely interested.
I bought a used Sun EZ-Speedster AX and really enjoyed it for awhile, but soon the modifications for speed began. I enjoyed the conversations and looks from others for awhile, but that isn’t what kept me going. I found myself trying to convert my Speedster into a Bacchetta Corsa and actually did a pretty good job of it but I couldn’t overcome certain design issues. Five months later I was riding a Bacchetta Corsa and lovin’ it!
My friends think it looks pretty wild and are often surprised about how easy it is to ride after the initial few seconds of adjustment.
Mark Swanson sent this over earlier today and asked me to post it. So here it is!
Dave, my neighbor, is riding his Bacchetta Giro-26 from Florida to California. He left on Wednesday (3/9) with his wife, Bonnie, driving a support van. Dave is 61 and he has overcome two knee transplant(s) and other “wear-and-tear”. He’s been training on his bike for the past year. Bonnie also rides a Bacchetta.
An interesting note… a few years ago, Dave’s bike was stolen from outside his office (he rides to/from work). Several months later, the guy who stole the bike was trying to sell it to a pawn shop where he learned that the bike belonged to a Christian minister (Dave had been around to all the pawn shops to ask them to watch for the orange recumbent). When the thief found out he had stolen the bike from a minister, he freaked out, contacted Dave and returned the bike!
Here’s Dave’s facebook page if you want to follow along. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Clipped-In/185391171500488
There’s been a few people curious about the new color of the 700c Corsa’s arriving starting in May with large frames and then following in June with medium frames. This will be a color we’ll be running on 700c and 650c bikes, however, currently all 650c Corsa’s are still black with red decals and we consider these 2011 frames.
Below is the Corsa’s new metallic brushed titanium color on a Bella frame (example only, we will not have a Bella in this color!)
The metallic in this paint job is very subtle. As a comparison, below is a picture of the old Titanium Aero frame. Fairly similar.
When I was a kid, my bike was the main mode of transportation; we went everywhere on our bikes. Fast forward forty years and some of my co-workers ride every Saturday. Now, I thought at one time I could have been a competitive bike rider, I just never took that road.
So, I thought I would take them up on the invitation to ride with them and they even had a bike I could ride. Now, I’m not in bad shape- I walk, work out and rode a bike a lot all those years ago. What could go wrong?
My first ride with the group was 25 miles. My butt and wrists were some kind of sore. Padded bike shorts, gloves and a gel pad seat cover later and I still have a sore butt, wrist, neck and back. I was getting worse.
I talked with one of the high mileage riders the local bike store, and we discussed trikes, other recumbents and of course, DF’s. I decided to go recumbent against the advice of most of the riders, and found a deal on an old Burly. Lots less pain 1000 miles later I think that this recumbent bike stuff is going to stick around, only now I want a faster bike! Having tried a Bacchetta Corsa that was fast, and talking with its owner who had upgraded to a C/A 2.0, I decided to look for a Bacchetta that would fit my budget and found a new Strada in Florida. It fits great and I even like the color. I could not be happier.
Get a lot of people asking about this, so here you go. What I’ve done is packed up a C/A 2.0 in a Crateworks Tandem box. This is being sent to upper New England and then flying over to Denmark. I’m new to Crateworks and this was my virgin voyage, but it worked out great for this bike and Crateworks has definitely done their homework on this great product. (Keep in mind that I’m anal, and wrapped then zip tied the crap out of it. Less movement when shipping equals less damage.)
I’ve also done my best keeping the bike as complete as possible. This bike was built up complete and tested initially before going in the box so with maybe some minor adjustments it should be ready to ride.
At the stage above, all that is removed are the wheels, rear derailleur hanger, rear derailleur and the top stem of the two-piece riser system, of which I also folded the bars down on. I’ve also reclined the seat quite a bit. Fork, bottom riser assembley, seat, brakes, crank- all still attached, set up and ready to go.
Normally, there is a specific piece of the system which goes over the bike and then you put the wheels on top of it. If I would have had the bike flipped around, I probably could have done this. But she was strapped down and I didn’t have the energy to undo it. So, I put the rear wheel in with the bike and it worked out great!
Here it is with the front wheel strapped on. The hole on the right is usually for the rear wheel. Notice the straps provided to keep everything in place.
Here is the final package. It’s sizeable, but easy to carry and not nearly that heavy. Crateworks gives you a ton of strapping options on the inside, so everything is super secure and the outside straps are one piece and not four seperate bands.
I’m sure this could be greatly improved upon with practice. However, this bike only needs the rear derailleur hanger screwed back on, then the rear derailleur itself, seat back inclined to a comfortable level (the bottom should be very close to the owner’s x-seam), top riser inserted, clamped and adjusted, then add the wheels. A good multi-tool should get it done lickety split.
The hardest part will be removing all the zip ties…
Another one of our favorite types of feedback here at Bacchetta…doesn’t get any better than this!
I’m 55 years old and rode a hybrid mountain bike on and off for a few years. My first recumbent was a trike and I rode a good bit, but wanted to go faster and longer. So I traded it in and bought a CA2 in August of 2010 from Ride South in Brandon. It was comfortable from the beginning. My idea was to put 100 miles a week on the bike and I did that until just recently. Work and the weather have interfered with riding lately and I’m logging fewer miles, but I’m hoping that will end soon.
I began riding because I can’t walk more than a couple of miles due an ankle problem and running is out of the question. Also, I began riding to relieve stress and maybe lose some weight while having a little fun too. Since August, I’ve lost 20 pounds, but the best news health-wise is my A1C diabetes level dropped in an October test from 7.5 to 6.5. Anything below 7 is out of the danger zone. I’m Type II. The test reaches back over three months, and I took the test after riding only two months. I’m thinking my next test, may yield even better results, “normal” results.
In summary, I feel better, having fun exercising, and my golf game has improved. I don’t know how that happened, but I’m thankful. I love the CA2- wonderful bike- it has helped me enjoy life with better health all round. I like zipping around the landscape of the Natchez Trace and other bike trails in my area too- it’s a fast bike and when I get more fit, it’ll be faster!
The Rev. Scott Lenoir
Priest Associate, Chapel of the Cross, Madison
Editor, The Mississippi Episcopalian
There’s been a ton of discussions/confusion over this one. This *should* help to clear things up a bit. I’ll keep this short and sweet.
Measuring technique: I placed the bar down flat on a uhm…flat surface. This is virtually the same as it is installed on your bike. I am measuring from the edge of the bar, just to the side of where it attaches to the riser and measuring to the bar end, which is the edge of the bench. You should be able to get a similar measurement by putting a straight edge at the end of your bars. Just take into account your bars will have tape and grips or bar end shifters.
First, here is the Standard Aero bar, or what served as the standard Aero bar for the past 5+ years. This is being usurped by a longer version but more on that later.
It’s a little hard to see, but the length is right at 280 mm or 11″.
Now below we have the New long bar which is what we began stocking on all C/A 2.0 bikes for 2010 this year and will phase into the Corsa for 2011.
The measurement you’re seeing here is 300mm or just over 11 5/8″.
What I didn’t include here is the Old long Aero bar, which were approx. 330mm or 13″. I didn’t measure them because we have been out of stock for quite some time.
Keep in mind these measurements are for the Aero bars only, which measure 18 3/4″ center to center at the bar ends. If you have the wide bars which are around 22 1/2″, then this post does not apply: we only make one width of the wide bars. Thank God.
Just look at that picture. I’m not the kind of person who will ever be seen wearing one of those “Life is Good” smiley faced stick guy t-shirts, but something about the above photo just makes me feel all gushy inside. Could be because we helped a person with a little direction. Could be satisfaction taken in building a good product.
Could be this dude just looks like he’s lovin’ life.
Yeah, that’s it.
But enough of my mumbling, stumbling and bumbling. Kitties and cats it’s time to hear it straight from the man of the hour, our good friend and new Bacchetta family member, Mr. Jim Peoples.
I’m 64 years old and started mountain biking after Katrina in 2005; I loved the trails and kept a spare bike with street tires for Saturday’s when the trails were too wet. Finally decided I wanted a real bike, tried a high end Trek Hybrid (7500) and it was OK but no love. Tried a Trek road bike- fast but too uncomfortable. Tried a new 29er, added cyclocross tires and found I really loved this setup the most, but rides over fifteen miles were really starting to hurt me.
One day I saw a couple of recumbents on the River Levee Trail here in New Orleans, talked to a couple of the riders and they sounded really satisfied. Bought a ten year old RANS Rocket off of Craigslist in August, totally rebuilt it and have loved it except that it’s too rough on the New Orleans roads; it’s great on the paved trail but not on the streets. On smooth roads it was the most fun on a bike I’ve ever had but the spooky handling began to scare me. I then tried a Bacchetta Giro 26 at a dealer and found it much better. I also tried a Bella but it wasn’t as much fun as the high racer.
More research, more riding the Rocket.
I was becoming convinced that no one should be riding a regular bike, as comfortable as these recumbents are. Decided at my age I should go for the pure comfort rather than the high bottom bracket and ordered a Bella from Bacchetta. Now, 64 year old men shouldn’t get so excited over a bicycle, but when I received it, which was only four days after I ordered it, I couldn’t believe the beauty and quality of this bike; from the wheels to the exotic looking brake noodle, to the exquisite Mango paint! I work in a large mechanic/machine shop and everyone that looked in the huge box had nothing but good things to say about it, even though most didn’t know what it was. That night I played with it, fitted it, put on the lights and rode it a few miles. It was outstanding. Went to the local bike store on Saturday, bought red lights, computer, carbon bottle holder, etc. had to help the wife at a church affair that day but still rode it 18 miles at dark. I just couldn’t stay off of it.
The next day, Sunday, I rode my first half century in my life- 52 miles and I’m not lying! My butt had a little stinging but no pain, and the old legs were a little tired, but I have never felt like this after a 30 mile ride, much less a 50. I look forward to upgrading and riding this beast, it is beautiful, smooth, and comfortable and I can’t thank you and Jeremy (Massey) for all the help in picking the right bike with the right parts: Thank you.
By the way; I’ve already allowed two total strangers to test drive it, they couldn’t believe how easy it was to just get on it and ride.
Okay you Bacchetta kitties and cats, if you’re even anywhere near this part of the country you better come see us. Saturday we’ll be giving tons of test rides and Sunday, there’ll be a tour of southern New England. All hosted by Wheelworks and their top cycling/recumbent dog, Scott Chamberlain.