Recumbent - What should I pay?
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I'm thinking of buying an EZ1 or something similar for short around town rides. I've just never been comfortable riding city streets on my Vision R-42 USS. I came across a used EasyRacer EZ1 for sale. Seller is asking $375. This seems a little high to me as it is an older model with the all foam seat although it looks like new. Any suggestions what I should offer? I hope to buy a TourEasy or Rans Strada in a year or so so don't want to part with more $ now that I absolutely have to.
08-03-07, 12:24 PM
The buyer's guide on bentrider shows the EZ-1 with a list price of $529. That's pretty low on the recumbent price scale, definitely an entry level model. Your current bike is a lot higher quality than the EZ-1. I do occasionally come across an older guy riding an EZ-1. He's pretty slow on it but that may reflect conditioning as well as the weight of the bike. I can easily pass him up on my trike.
You might explain what about the Vision R-42 that you don't like. Is it the lenght of the bike or the USS handlebars? Is it the volume of traffic on the roads you ride or the narrowness of the streets? Going to a different bike may not make any difference. After exclusively riding a trike for a while I returned to occasionally riding an Haluzak Horizon SWB with USS. It wasn't until I added a mirror that I truly felt comfortable riding the Zak. On the trike I could easily monitor traffic coming up from behind and I had gotten accustomed to doing it frequently. Without a mirror it was nearly impossible on the Zak and it made me very uncomfortable. I also have a Linear LWB with no mirror (also with USS) and lots less apprehension about riding it because it is a lot easer to swivel my head on the Linear and look back. Yes, it does steer like the Queen Mary but there are ways to accommodate the length. I don't really notice much difference on anything short of a U-turn.
Thanks Vegas for your input. I bought the Vision 12 years ago and, although I ride it a lot on bike trails, I've don't like riding it on city streets. Just getting lights to turn green at intersections where the buttons are up on the curb just doesn't work. Also, not being able to easily walk the bike is a real pain. Another problem is that my feet begin to hurt after riding about 20 miles. I don't have that problem on a DF and am hoping the the lower bottom bracket on a LWB would solve the problem. I'm just not ready to fork up the big bucks for something like a Tour Easy until I'm sure that's the problem.
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