Well, I plunked down my hard earned shekels on a Giro 20 today. It is a lot of money for me to spend. Thankfully my wife was a willing participant with this endeavor. She has been supportive of my taking this trip; thanks sweetie.
The bike, as stated earlier, is a 2012 model Bacchetta Giro 20. Wheel and Sprocket had a 2011 model which would have saved several hundred dollars, BUT (isn’t there always a BUT) I needed a long frame model so had to go for the current model year. Personally, I like the older model because of the red color (I am an Arkansas Razorback fan); oh, well.
The front chain ring is 30T, 42T, 52T, and the rear sprocket is 11T, 13T, 15T, 17T, 20T, 23T, 26T, 30T, 34T. The crank length is 170mm. The bike has the re-curved seat. Everything on the bike is standard equipment. This is available on the Bacchetta website.
The front rim 20″ in diameter (~62 7/8″) with 32 spokes; the rear is 26″ diameter (~81 5/8″ circumference) with 32 spokes.
I was not able to try out the ‘EuroMesh‘ seat as there was not one available to try. There were two posts on a blog talking about using the ‘EuroMesh‘ seat on long distance biking because is was less susceptible to rain damage and tended to dry out faster. Both the Wheel and Sprocket people and the Bacchetta people recommended the standard re-curve seat for long distance riding. I went with their suggestion as I had no better information to go on.
I did purchase a number of accessories with the bike, and will cover those in another post.
As an aside: I am trying to include a lot of links in these posts. In many blogs people talked about this bike or that accessory but failed to identify it sufficiently to make an easy find on the internet. Hopefully people will be able to quickly research any item of interest that I list.
Added Note: November 20, 2012 – I just went over 500 miles (~80 days) since buying the bike. There have been no problems with it. I am still happy I bought this brand and feel much more comfortable & confident riding a recumbent now.