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The Future of 2 Wheel Bents



It’s no secret that 2 wheel recumbent bikes have now lost their dominant position in sales to trikes. In this report we take a close look at the history of this transition, the current state of the market and how our illustrious panel of international industry leaders plan to carve out a successful future for 2 wheeled recumbents. We are joined by Jim and Maria Parker from Cruzbike, Mike Wilkerson from Bacchetta, Jonathan Garcia from RANS, John Schlitter from Schlitter Bikes and Honza Galla from AZUB. Adding to the discussion is our own Bryan Ball . Denny Voorhees also has an interview with Sandy Earl who rode and finished the No Country for Old Men race this year.

**Table of Contents for this month’s video. Click on the section of the video you’d like to jump to:
00:01:00 What’s on Today’s Show
00:01:45 Panel Introduction
00:04:37 Sponsor Introduction
00:05:39 Sports Report with special guest Sandy Earl
00:23:00 Battle of the Brands Event
00:31:10 The Future of 2 Wheeled Bents-Panel Discussion
01:19:30 Bryan Ball adds his thoughts
01:28:40 Sponsor Thanks
01:29:56 Viewer Submissions
01:31:25 Coming up next month

**Links Mentioned in this webcast:

Thanks to our great sponsors this month
TerraCycle https://t-cycle.com/
Trailside.bike https://trailside.bike/
Cruzbike https://cruzbike.com/
TerraTrike https://www.terratrike.com/

*Denny’s Sport Report*
Red Pearl Racing https://www.redpearlracing.com/
No Country for Old Men https://www.ultradex.net/ncom-home

*Battle of the Brands Sebring, Florida 2/8 2020* https://bit.ly/2DX04uG
*The Future of 2-Wheeled Recumbents*

Azub https://azub.eu/
Cruzbike https://cruzbike.com/
Bacchetta https://www.bacchettabikes.com/
Schlitter Bikes https://schlitter.bike/
Rose City Recumbents http://www.rosecityrecumbentcycles.com/
RANS Bikes http://www.ransbikes.com/

**Viewer Submissions**
https://rydesafe.com/
https://www.facebook.com/RydeSafe/

Send submissions to laidbackbikereport@gmail.com

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gork57
gork57
7 months ago

Another fascinating episode. I would ride a two-wheeler if my body allowed it. My disability says "3." That said, if I could do two it would probably be a Cruzbike. I really like the front wheel drive train, the colors, and their logo. Speaking of logos, I think some manufacturers don't take them seriously enough. A good logo grabs the eye, and you immediately remember the brand it represents (think Cruzbike, Azub or Catrike). I love my Trident, but the very word screams "rad logo." Tom probably likes what he's got, but I could design something really cool for him… Read more »

Con Cahill
Con Cahill
7 months ago

Hey, Gary. . . . That was a VERY interesting show!It did raise a few thoughts with me. OLD FASHIONED CUSTOMER SERVICE! This is (for me), where I am sold what is most suitable for me, or what I am REALLY looking for, and, in the end, may be a no-sale. BUT, it is what will bring back that customer again in the future, and will generate recommendations from your customers. HAVING YOUR MACHINE OUT AND BEING RIDDEN BY AN ENTHUSIASTIC OWNER IS YOUR BEST (AND FREE) PUBLICITY!I am quite sure that all the guys on the show would agree,… Read more »

Waynes butler
Waynes butler
7 months ago

The market is definitely changing when it comes to the world of recumbents . Electric assist is taking over as well as trikes over two wheeled recumbents but there is still a healthy following when it comes to the two wheeled laid back world for now . With all the looks and questions recumbent riders get makes me realize there needs to more awareness on what it is we are even pedaling . Also in our future is belt drive and gear boxes with E assist taking the biggest chunk of the market share ..

PATRICK MCKOWEN
PATRICK MCKOWEN
7 months ago

Good show.
54 now. Started into trikes 20yrs ago, will never look back when it comes to having to pedalling, but I have also just got into Electric Unicycles, just so pleasant to ride.
Cheers

Thies Kardel
Thies Kardel
7 months ago

Hi Gary, I again watched the report with huge interest. My high interest was attracted when it came to marketing. IMO the most powerfull marketing-tool today is YOUTUBE. Nearly every Manufacturer of consumer products releases product videos on YT – either product explaing or "moodtrailers". In case there's a demand for a video featuring a recumbent bike for a competitive price: Send them over to me😉. I'm your partner in recumbent-filmmaking in Europe👍.

Daniele G
Daniele G
7 months ago

Hi Gary, excellent show, not easy to manage so many guests at the same time…but you did it!Typically we know that riding recumbents is more difficult, and also recumbent market is aging out….. At the same time trikes are easier to ride, you have more stability (at low speeds…) and in few minutes you manage to ride one.I believe that the ideal recumbent is a tilting trike because at the same time you have the pleasure and fun to ride typical of a two wheeler but it's more stable (even at higher speed) and only little learning is necessary !You… Read more »

Derek Pirie
Derek Pirie
7 months ago

Due to Power Outages from our National Power Supplier across South Africa ( which is set to continue), i was unable to be on the Live Stream. The comments from all, or most, of the Two wheel Recumbent players was encouraging. Covering all aspects, price, availability, Knowledge of product, sport or commuting, long mid or short. Yes, two wheel Bents do require a change in mindset to get used to from DF's.Again, well done to the LBBR Team and all the guest speakers. What will 2020 bring.To all Recumbent rides on two, three or four have a Happy Christmas and… Read more »

Bruce Farrar
Bruce Farrar
7 months ago

I would not be surprised to learn trikes are similar to trampolines, hot tubs and most boats. They get used a lot in the first year or two of ownership then sit in the garage (or in the marina) after that. This relates to two-wheelers in that that target are more serious and capable riders. In other words, two-wheeled recumbent riders are more athletic and serious riders while trikers are older and maybe have a physical limitation that makes a trike their choice – different markets.

Zorro in Hell
Zorro in Hell
7 months ago

Hey Bryan, you forgot to say Azub bikes look good? LOL

Mary @H2OsEdge
Mary @H2OsEdge
7 months ago

I'll take one of each, please. My husband and I got Funcycles. The name fits! Then the city made Funcycles illegal except on the beach, so I bought a Schwinn and used it to ride around town with my dogs. Trikes are so much fun! But those aren't for traveling. Then I saw a video of Ragbrai (because I was hooked on Love Cycles) and there were recumbent road trikes! Who knew!?! My life has changed. I picked up a couple of used Easy Racer deltas (USX for Hubby and a X3-AX for me), and a new Spike380 for me,… Read more »

Mark feldman
Mark feldman
7 months ago

Great production with tons of info offered by pros in the industry. I ride a lwb ez sport and a Catrike Trail with Bionx. Just took delivery this week of my new 559 and it is beyond awesome. The design and manufacture of the product is extraordinary and they have solved so many problems relating to practicality for riding, storage and transport. It was much more practical to spend $3000 for a new 559 than $40k + for an suv or van for transport. A folded 559 fits easily on a conventional bike rack in a minute and very securely… Read more »

PATRICK MCKOWEN
PATRICK MCKOWEN
7 months ago

I converted my Recycled Recumbent into a trike

BryceLovesTech
BryceLovesTech
7 months ago

I have on three Bacchettas. But I had to sell them all when I had my children. Now I ride a Catrike Expedition and pull a kids trailer. I probably will not go back to any two wheel bike. But I will ride the rest of my life on three wheels. When I was young man the two wheels were fun

Petra Hofmann
Petra Hofmann
7 months ago

I've a RANS Stratus XL and Tour Easy Adventure. Many friends have bought trikes, but for me no trike until I can't balance then it'll be an eTrike.

PC B
PC B
7 months ago

Three thing: I disagree with Bryan Ball about long wheel base verses short wheel base. I find that when I try to ride a short wheel base model that I get cramped up in them. They are not as comfortable as long wheel base. Second, long wheel base models are easier to start and get off and on to. third, I surprised that no one brought up that can be hard to also get in and out of for older people that have hip and knee problems.

James Hart
James Hart
7 months ago

As promised, here is the link too my Recumbent bike that I have installed a E assist on >

Its my second video and I'm still using my camera on my phone. Enjoy. And good stream.

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