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!
Originally posted on bacchettabikes.com on Dec. 9, 2009.