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. Jim Peoples- Destrehan, La.
originally posted on bacchettabikes.com on Nov. 3, 2010.