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Old 03-11-03, 03:24 PM   #1
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Questions from a soon-to-be Bent Rider/Easy Racers

I rode a recumbent (an Easy Racer Super Cruiser) for the first time yesterday...and I am hooked. Now I have the daunting task of choosing the recumbent that's best for me, which is where I need some help. I want to use it for commuting most of the time with some day trips and (more likely than not) touring in the future. The bike I rode had a 20" rear wheel and 16" front wheel and seemed to steer very quickly but overall was very comfortable (that's an understatement).

My questions are:

1) Would larger wheels aid in the steering and ability to maneuver more smoothly, especially at slower speeds?

2) How does the Tour Easy perform in comparison to the Super Cruiser?

3) I am impressed by the EZ Super Cruiser, especially the price tag, but is this a bike that will be "outgrown" in a short period of time?

4) For those that use their Bents for commuting, what have you done in particular to make the bike more visible to other vehicles?

I have had for quite some time and no apparent reason an aversion to the recumbent bicycle; maybe because of the radical styling and posture. I am uncertain even now what made me decide to go on the test ride but I must say that after the ride yesterday the only things that are clear to me as I write this are that I don't think I can get my hands on one fast enough (although I do want to take the time to make the right purchase) and that I am already regretting not having ridden one a long time ago. Live and learn I guess.

Thanks, in advance, for any and all input.

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Old 03-11-03, 06:00 PM   #2
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Don - All of the bikes designed by Gardner Martin are terrific. You can't go wrong with any of them. If you think that you might ride a lot, the extra bucks for a TE might prove well worth it. You can find some fine deals on a used TE on the Internet. If you have questions about the condition of the bike, have the seller take it to a LBS and then phone the LBS and find out what their assessment is. John
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Old 03-11-03, 06:31 PM   #3
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Don, hope you don't mind the cut and paste.

"for quite some time and no apparent reason an aversion to the recumbent bicycle;" I know at least five bent riders that felt the same way, until they tried it. "maybe because of the radical styling and posture" Take a look around, its a recumbent world! Sitting at your desk typing? Recumbent posture! Driving your car? Recumbent posture! Sitting in your recliner....

1) Would larger wheels aid in the steering and ability to maneuver more smoothly, especially at slower speeds?
The larger wheels will give a better ride, and there are many more good tires for bikes running 26x20 or 700cx20. there are few good tires for 16" wheels. As far as slower speeds, you will get better with a few miles behind you.

2) How does the Tour Easy perform in comparison to the Super Cruiser?
They are very close in the way they handle, but I find the TE smoother then the SC. The SC is a bit more portly then the TE.

3) I am impressed by the EZ Super Cruiser, especially the price tag, but is this a bike that will be "outgrown" in a short period of time?
You can always upgrade the parts on the SC as they need it.

4) For those that use their Bents for commuting, what have you done in particular to make the bike more visible to other vehicles?
I put 3M refective tape on the fenders, you will want fenders. And all my bents have mirrors.
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Old 03-17-03, 10:16 PM   #4
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Don,

I ride a Rans V-Rex, very different from the TE world but I'll offer some thoughts anyway. I don't know a single TE rider who is not absolutely delighted with their bike. I ride with one friend who rides an EZ-1. I think the EZ-1 Lite is a great bike for $750. It has better components and a lighter aluminum frame than the EZ-1.

For visibility my EZ-1 friend has a tall flag - bike shops have them. It appears to me the Easy Racers products offer a bit more upright position and that would seem to be an advantage if commuting in traffic. I don't ... just pleasure riding in mostly rural areas. Commuting in traffic on my SWB bike would be more challenge than I would want because of the higher pedal position and more reclined seating position. If I were going to commute I would buy an EZ-1 Lite for that purpose.

Buy all the bike you are financially comfortable with, you are right to wonder if you will outgrow a bike.

Give yourself TIME to get used to whatever you buy.

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Old 10-15-05, 06:04 PM   #5
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Don't overlook the EZ Sport. L little more expensive but a great bike. Larger wheels too. bk
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Old 10-15-05, 07:37 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Don Johnson
I rode a recumbent (an Easy Racer Super Cruiser) for the first time yesterday...and I am hooked. Now I have the daunting task of choosing the recumbent that's best for me, which is where I need some help. I want to use it for commuting most of the time with some day trips and (more likely than not) touring in the future. The bike I rode had a 20" rear wheel and 16" front wheel and seemed to steer very quickly but overall was very comfortable (that's an understatement).
BUY THE EZ SPORT! I own an EZ-1 and enjoy it very much.
I have a giant basket on the back and use it for grocery shopping.
And in the Spring after laying off the bikes a bit in winter I always
re-start my riding year by working with this bike first.

BUT, I got tired of the 20" tire when I realized that a 26
inch tire in back would give me more power for each effort
to turn the cranks. I got a great deal on a Lightning Thunderbolt
so I bought one of those, BUT...

If I had it to do over again, I would have bought the EZ SPORT
the first time! And if you could afford the aluminum one, I'd go
for that too! You would NEVER be disappointed IMHO. BUT THE SPORT!

PS: Buy the Sport!

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Old 10-15-05, 07:40 PM   #7
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BUY THE EZ SPORT! If I had it
to do over again, I would have bought the EZ SPORT
the first time!
BUT, on the other hand, if you don't have the bucks
to do that, you can't go wrong with the Super Cruiser!
It really is a sweet bike.

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Don, wouldn't you rather be seen on a EZ-Sport AX if it looked like this.

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1) Would larger wheels aid in the steering and ability to maneuver more smoothly, especially at slower speeds?
I don't think you'd notice a difference in steering, which is more a function of the bike's geometry. Bents are tricky to balance at very low speeds, especially for the beginner.

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2) How does the Tour Easy perform in comparison to the Super Cruiser?
Uh, the TE is lighter, easier-rolling, and faster overall? The TE also has a lower seat height, making it more stable.

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3) I am impressed by the EZ Super Cruiser, especially the price tag, but is this a bike that will be "outgrown" in a short period of time?
IMHO, you will almost certainly outgrow it quickly. The frame is square, hi-ten steel. That's almost up there with a dept store bike. It's heavy and clunky. The EZ Sports, as you would expect based on their price, have better components and finish, but they're still HEAVY. Weight may or may not be high on your priority list, but it's always a significant factor for performance.

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4) For those that use their Bents for commuting, what have you done in particular to make the bike more visible to other vehicles?
You mean being a space alien won't make you visible enough? Put a big flashing LED taillight on it and and always put yourself where cars can see you, and you'll be more than fine.
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Old 10-17-05, 01:46 AM   #10
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The Toureasy is the absolute classic recumbent bicycle. I owned several Easyracers products and sold quite a few of them as a bike shop employee.
Toureasy's offer both performance and practicality.
The model you are considering is merly a cheap imitation of a Toureasy even though designed by Mr. Martin. That was the whole point of the project. Cheap!
And you get what you pay for as they say. So for real performance in a long wheel based recumbent bicycle get a "real" Toureasy. Not a cheap imitation. I gaurnetee you that you will enjoy this fine bicycle. If you don't believe me just ask Brian Ball over on Broll. The Toureasy is his fav bike to date. Not for its pure speed but for everything else that makes a bicycle great....

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I'm kindof curious if Don ever bought a bent. His original post is over 2 years old.

Don, are you there(or here)? What did you do?
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I'm kindof curious if Don ever bought a bent. His original post is over 2 years old.

Don, are you there(or here)? What did you do?
His website sez you can email him here => salmn8r@yahoo.com
if you really wanna find out. Geeze, I
wouldn't have responded initially if I
knew the information request was more
than 2 years old. :O(

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Old 10-19-05, 09:38 AM   #13
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If you like the bike, buy it. Don't worry about "outgrowing" it, you will. Just sell it when you upgrade. There are plenty of ways to sell a used recumbent.
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