Question about crank-forward bicycles, aka pedal-forward, aka flat-foot, aka semi-recumbent.
After seeing me post in this recent bicycling thread
, PareidoliaticBoy Memailed me to alert me to the existence of crank-forwards, which as you can see go by a number of different names. I was delighted as I'm very short and tend to ride with the seat too low for the sake of keeping my feet on the ground at a stop.
So here's my issue: My bike shop carries Sun, Electra, and Giant bicycles, each of which have a crank-forward model or two. (The Giant Suede, Electra Townie, and Sun Drifter, if you're interested.) I don't know if my bike shop will have any of these specific models in stock; I will have to ask.
The thing is, when I look at bikes that are made by crank-forward-only companies, like Day6
, the seat-back, pedals-forward angle looks much more dramatic than the bikes made by the big companies that just happen to have a crank-forward model (i.e., Sun, Giant, and Electra.) Obviously I'll see if I can test-ride the latter 3 at my bike shop, though if they have to order the models because they don't have them in stock, I don't see them wanting to order all 3.
However, the nearest dealer who carries the Day6 is two hours away from me.
So if you have experience with these bikes, are the mainstream brands (Sun, Giant, Electra) "good enough" or should I drive the two hours to try out a Day6?