Lightning Cycle Dynamics P 38 2002 Recumbent Bike

4.75/5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $2600.00

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ericwarp a Road Racer from Fair Oaks, CA

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2003

Strengths:    Stiff frame for good power transfer, the best recumbent seat available (in my opinion)

Weaknesses:    high bottom bracket may cause some foot numbness on long rides

Bottom Line:   
Been riding recumbents for 14 years, and the P-38 is my favorite. I can cruise at 22-24mph in complete comfort. I built a small Coroplast tailbox behind the seat to store my Camelbak and tools, which makes the bike a bit more aero than stock.

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Favorite Ride:   American River Bike Trail, Sacramento CA

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   hpv_forsale list

Similar Products Used:   Rotator Pursuit (we've got two of them) and Trek R200 (picked it up for $650 when Trek dumped their remaining stock)

Bike Setup:   Racing handlebars with bar-end shifters, Aerospoke 26" rear wheel with Fat Boy slick tire, Velocity 406 front rim with Continental Grand Prix 120lb. tire. (I occasionally ride fully faired with a Rotator Pursuit Kevlar nose and coroplast body; average speeds 30mph-35mph). Bike is fast enough, with a fairing it's insanely fast.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Glenn a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2003

Strengths:    Suprisingly comfortable without any form of suspension. Faster than your road bike once you get the feel of the bike's position.

Weaknesses:    You need to wear clip in shoes of some type. Otherwise, your feet come off the pedals very easily. However, until you master getting going, use toe clips on conventional pedals to get the feel of the bike.

Bottom Line:   
Due to arthritis of 57 years of living, either I had to find a more comfortable ride than a mountain bike or give up riding. I first bought a cheap recumbent, Bikee, which I still ride for fun and really like and then found the love of my bicycling life on eBay, a Lightning P-38 upgraded with everything at XTR or XT. What a wonderful machine, fast, comfortable, easy to learn if you have ridden a recumbent before. When first riding the bike, the body position is a bit strange but this feeling quickly becomes comfortable, particularly with shoes clipped to good pedals. If you like road bikes, you will love this bike - just as fast but 10X easier on the body.

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Favorite Ride:   Eagle Creek Park, Indianapolis

Price Paid:    $2300.00

Purchased At:   Used at eBay

Similar Products Used:   Bikee products, test rides of most of the better short wheel base recumbents.

Bike Setup:   Mostly XTR with some XT, Sun rims, Mirracyle, small fairing for P38

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ap2049 a Recreational Rider from iowa

Date Reviewed: July 10, 2002

Strengths:    comfortable, fast, and very good on hills, transports easy,

Weaknesses:    really none

Bottom Line:   
I switched from a carbon trek wedgie 7200 and in only three days was beat all my previous times. This bike is fast and very comfortable . this bike climbs hills and with fairing it is even faster

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Favorite Ride:   Lansboro , Minn

Price Paid:    $2300.00

Purchased At:   Hostel shoppe

Similar Products Used:   vision and rex

Bike Setup:   base P 38

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by babajeje a Recreational Rider from Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Date Reviewed: May 31, 2002

Strengths:    Excellent handling and comfort. Climbs reasonably well though not as fast as a double-triangle traditional design.

Weaknesses:    Expensive. Doesn't climb as fast as a 'wedgie'. Small imperfections in fork welding.

Bottom Line:   
This is my first recumbent, having ridden traditional 'wedgie' bikes for decades. Tried quite a few brands, the Lightning had the best handling and fit for me (5'10" 155#). Used it on TOSRV'02 & finished with an average speed of just over 17 mph, and best of all, had no back, shoulder, or sit-bone fatigue, felt better than after any century I've ever ridden. I wanted a fun, fast, comfortable bike for flat-to-rolling terrain and multi-day tours, and the P-38 has not disappointed.

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Favorite Ride:   Bridge to Bridge

Price Paid:    $2200.00

Purchased At:   manufacturer

Similar Products Used:   Tested Vision, Trek models.

Bike Setup:   Full Ultegra 9-speed triple chainring. Velocity rims.

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