Robert, Thanks for resending me the coupon code! I just finished putting the order through to Cruzbike for the pre-built Silvio (around 3:24pm central time).
I appreciate you running down answers to those last couple of questions. And for taking the time to answer all of the other questions; not to mention the extra time spent in New York letting me practice and test out the Cruzbikes. I’ve been dallying around the idea of switching to recumbent bikes for about three years now. I used to ride around 150 to 200 miles per week, until my neck and arms began to feel bothersome. I’ve wanted to get back outside and get moving again but I always felt skeptical about the recumbent riding positions and it’s difficult to find people who carry these bikes, and who can speak to their attributes. The visits to your shop helped me understand how the bikes worked and get over that mental hurdle to make the change.
Cruzbike Silvio: S30
The Silvio is a record-setting, road bike analogue with 700c wheels, suspension and road bike components. Accepts Radical Design pannier bags, lights and your favorite wheel set. Fast, smooth, fun.
We try to keep the current year’s model in stock but sometimes it’s hard to keep them on hand. Call and ask what’s in stock.
Full build with manufacturer’s components: $4,100
Components identical or comparable to manufacturer’s current specification. Includes a nice mid-level Velocity wheelset.
S30 Frameset: $2,450
The S30 frameset includes the main frame with integrated seat, seat cushions, headrest, front triangle, suspended rear triangle and custom handlebars. Assemble the frameset or have your local bike shop assemble it using Cruzbike’s detailed drawings and instructions, downloadable from the Cruzbike website. This option is good for international athletes and those who prefer to source and purchase their own components.
A Silvio is my bike of choice for 50- to 135-mile club day rides, quick 25-mile workouts in Prospect Park and multi-day supported or town-to-town tours. Without question, it’s an excellent road bike and light-tourer.
For self-supported tours, it’s more limited but if your kit is small and light, you can do a lot. I can load 35 liters luggage capacity (equal to two small panniers) but I haven’t yet found a good way to load more than that. I tend to think of it as a great bike for light-load summer tours in a fairly predictable environment. Pack list for such tours: shelter system: small 35 deg. 800-power down sleeping bag, minimalist backpacker bivvy and tarp with poles and stakes, small ground cloth, ultra light backpacker air mattress; clothing system: top and bottom riding tights, thin high-viz top windproof insulating layer, 2 pr socks, glove liners, high-viz gloves, warm wind-proof skull cap, “cyclists” cap with short bill, high-viz helmet, 800-power down vest, ultra-light wind/rain layer for top, bottom and hands, riding-glasses, reading glasses; basic minimal tool, repair and first aid kits; food/water: 2-liter hydration bladder, baggies for food leftovers/day-snacks; misc: money/cards/smart phone/maps, toothbrush/paste, headlamp; lighting system: hub dynamo light system on bike; shoes: walkable cleats; eating: spork, cup/bowl, single-edge razor blade as knife. That’s basically it. There’s no space for a cooking system. While I can load everything I’ll probably need, I’m assuming moderate weather and the availability of shops for meals and rescue.