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Old 07-18-11, 02:52 PM   #1
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Going to the Dark Side

http://denver.craigslist.org/bik/2498403028.html

I wanted to try a 'bent - one of those things on those awful "bucket lists" SO -

I got it for $350. I rode it quite easily - no problem woth balance. Even though I (used to be) 6' tall, I have very short legs, and even with the seat all the way forward I stretch quite a bit. I can pedal, but my leg is at full extension. Don't know if that is a problem or correctable - or perhaps that is normal.

In any event, it is quite usable, and I will enjoy learning on it. I figure I won't have any trouble with a reasale for about what I purchased it for, so I will be out very little if I don't like it.

Now - tubes, chain care - do they wear out fast? etc.!! I will try and find a manual online.

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http://denver.craigslist.org/bik/2498403028.html

I wanted to try a 'bent - one of those things on those awful "bucket lists" SO -

I got it fot $350. I rode it quite easily - no problem woth balance. Even though I (used to be) 6' tall, I have very short legs, and even with the seat all the way forward I stretch quite a bit. I can pedal, but my leg is at full extension. Don't know if that is a problem or correctable - or perhaps that is normal.

In any event, it is quite usable, and I will enjoy learning on it. I figure I won't have any trouble with a reasale for about what I purchased it for, so I will be out very little if I don't like it.

Now - tubes, chain care - do they wear out fast? etc.!! I will try and find a manual online.
Tubes? I don't understand the question.
Chain. More length means less time per ride bending around rings and cogs which is where the most wear occurs. So bent chains last longer.
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Need photos since craiglist ad is now down.
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Tubes? I don't understand the question.
Chain. More length means less time per ride bending around rings and cogs which is where the most wear occurs. So bent chains last longer.

You mean bents don't have tubes in their tires. Well, I learn something every day!!
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When did you fall and hit your head????? Or is it just the thin Colorado air that plays with the mind????
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The biggest PITA is having to keep different size tubes for each bike and making sure the right tubes are in your bag for the bike your riding at the time.

700c road
26" x 2.1" mountain
26" x 1.25" commute
16" and 20" for bent

There is likely a seat or crank position adjustment such that you are able to adjust for your legs.
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The biggest PITA is having to keep different size tubes for each bike and making sure the right tubes are in your bag for the bike your riding at the time.

700c road
26" x 2.1" mountain
26" x 1.25" commute
16" and 20" for bent

There is likely a seat or crank position adjustment such that you are able to adjust for your legs.
OK - I did adjust the seat all the way forward. I didn't see any other adjustment.
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Old 07-18-11, 04:19 PM   #10
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I have observed that 'bent riders here in R.I. have as big a smile as other riders. Maybe it is the same in Colorado.
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What kind of 'bent? On some, the boom is adjustable for length.
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What kind of 'bent? On some, the boom is adjustable for length.
Sun EZ - 1 - I didn't see such an adjustment. I think I will be OK, will check it out more tomorrow.
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Yes bent riders usually have a smile on their face. We are not in pain. Also we know something that DF riders dont, how much pleasure it is to ride a bent. A lot of DF riders think we bent riders are pushey. But remember 99+% of bent riders have thousands of miles on DF bikes. So with that knowledge I feel we are better equipted to judge the fact of the positive features of a bent. Dont knock em if you havent tried em!!!!!!!
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by now the CL posting is long gone, too bad no pictures.
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YIPPEE!!

I found the adjustment to move the seat forward to where I want it. There are two bolt holes - one for far back, and one for up closer. I changed to the one up closer and it is much better and I think I am going to really like this machine.

Sun EZ-1 Super Cruiser.
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The EZ-1 is definitlely not a performer, but it's easy to learn, it handles well, and of course it's very comfy. I hope you have lots of fun on it.
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About forty miles into a ride this past Saturday, the fellow riding next to me said "My butt hurts." I said "I feel your pain..............not really!"

$350 for a functional 'bent is a good deal.
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Hostel Shoppe carries inner tubes in a variety of sizes and both valve styles (you need to know the iso size). They also sell recumbent length chains. I've gotten excellent service from them.

FWIW, I've gotten one flat each on my recumbent tandem and recumbent single bike. Both were on the 20" front wheel. My experience with DF bikes has been to get 3 or 4 rear flats for each flat on the front wheel. My 2 front wheel flats on the recumbents could be a coincidence, but I asked the question on bentrideronline and the answers I got lead me to expect more front tire flats with recumbents.
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I went for a couple of miles around the neighborhood. Got three kids who told me "cool bike!" I am having absolutely no problem getting started, steering, stopping, balance etc. I enjoyed my two miles.

Anyone know the typical tire pressures front and back?
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My wife's old EZ-3 with 16" front and 20" side wheels were 40-85 lbs.
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I went for a couple of miles around the neighborhood. Got three kids who told me "cool bike!" I am having absolutely no problem getting started, steering, stopping, balance etc. I enjoyed my two miles.

Anyone know the typical tire pressures front and back?
Tire pressures are no different for a 'bent except that in many cases, the front wheel has less weight on it and so requires less pressure.
I usually run 55F/80R on my LWB with 26x1.25" tires. (85psi max)

Cool Bike is a common shout-out from pre-adolescent kids. They are right, of course.
A young fellow yelled that at me on a ride last year as I followed a guy on a very cool titanium Serotta.
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It looks exactly like this except mine has a black behind-the-seat bag.
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Old 07-18-11, 08:50 PM   #24
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I almost bought a Sun Easy last year. But I still have a lot of climbing where I live. I was thinking it would make a good utility bike, maybe a coffee shop ride.
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Denver, now you have an excuse to have double pie, you just tell everybody you are workng on your "Buddha Belly".
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