Recumbent bikes are not yet mainstream (and may never), but most DFW
area bike shops can work on them even if they don't sell them, but, in
fact, many bike shops do sell them now.
We've come a long way, baby.
The local dealer is the next place to go after you have done your homework
on the internet. Find out what kind of bike you want by clicking on our
"manufacturer" link, then call one of these local dealers to see if you can
test drive one or have one ordered.
If any of these descriptions are incorrect or out of date, please
let me know.
Mart (972) 231-3993 Richardson Bike Mart is probably the largest dealer of
recumbents in the area. Definitely check these guys out. Last I
checked they carried: Lightning, Sun, and Catrike.
John Paulus owns John's
Trikes & Bikes in Lancaster, about 15 miles due south of downtown Dallas.
John's Trikes & Bikes is a Terra Trike "Premier Dealer", a
Catrike dealer, a RANS dealer, and a Sun
dealer. They are heavily service-oriented, and have worked on a
wide range of bents (2-wheel and trikes) in addition to those they
sell. John, in fact, rides a RANS Stratus XP.
- Plano Cycling and
Fitness. (972) 423-4130 This shop carries recumbents made by
Bacchetta, Rans, and Sun.
- B&B Bicycles - 900 W. Jefferson Blvd. Dallas, TX 75208 (214)
Bicycles Inc - Arlington
Stocks a moderate variety of bents and can order most any.
Fort Worth Cycling and Fitness -
Fort Worth - Keeps one or two trikes in stock. Not very bent knowledgeable.
City Cyclist - Fort Worth -
Very bent friendly. Owner rides an ICE trike and has several other
bents in stock.
Their web site domain has been taken over by some whole 'nother outfit, and
the phone number reports out of service.
CitySearch has some information. If someone can verify for me
that the company has truly gone under or moved elsewhere, please let me know.
Bike Rack - Granbury -
Owner commutes on a recumbent, can order several and stocks a trike
Recumbents is located in Austin and has 20 years of focusing on
recumbents. Contact them at 512-453-0438 or by
Fairings & Materials
- Coroplast Inc. 4501 Spring Valley
Dallas TX 75244
- Regal Plastics.
9200 N Royal Ln, Irving, TX 75063, (800) 441-1553
- Cadillac Plastic, 1400 Henderson Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102 (817) 332-4421
- Cartwright Signs, 2631 South Garland Avenue, Garland, TX 75041 (972) 278-8976
- Home Depot
- Nearly any hardware store
Trainers, Flags, Parts, and other Goodies
- Hoenig Enterprises, SportCrafters Mini-Rollers for Recumbent
Trikes and Bikes.
A good source for the Texas flags many of us fly from our
bike poles: Betsy Ross Flag Girls, Inc., (214-328-3524) 11005 Garland Rd.
They cost $5 per flag, 16x11 1/2
inches. Buyers must go to the back of the building and ring the bell at the
window, and someone will assist you. These woman in the back have sold so
many flags to cyclists that they will know what you're talking about if you
provide the correct size and cost.
The flag that flies best in the wind is the lighter weight flag
without the metal-covered holes at the edge. To glue this flag to your
pole, use clear household cement. Run the glue down the edge of the navy
blue portion of the flag next to the star. Remember, the white portion of
the flag goes at the top. Press the glue-edge onto the pole, and then,
using dark thread, stitch through the flag and around the pole the length
of the flag. Let this dry overnight. The flag will stick to the pole like a
burr on a dog.
These guys don't stock recumbents yet, but they aren't afraid to work on
them, and seem downright curious about the bent you bring in for service
Send us links of any that you know.
If you know of any cycle shops in the North Texas area that sell
recumbents, build recumbent frames, components or do painting or service,
or if you know of any recumbent-hostile, or recumbent-friendly shops, send the information to