Thanks, and very good points. I was concerned about the weight also. I am a road cyclist and my primary road bike is 15 lbs., but I look at any rides I do with my wife will be her pace and enjoyment level, and I can get my workouts in other times. Even if she had the fastest, lightest recumbent there would be compatibility issues. Therefore, when I ride with her, I am on my MTB and riding nice and easy, not looking for a great workout but just enjoying the day together.
Just seeing her get excited about a bike is a big deal for me because she has had no outlet for exercise over the last five years, and I have been careful to make sure she gets what she wants without me steering her into what I think she should be riding.
So, we went to a second recumbent dealer last week, and again she was interested in the long wheelbase bikes and we tried a few more. She kept going back to the EZ-Sport as the one that felt right for her. We bought the EZ Sun demo and took it home right there.
Yesterday was her first outing on it. I rode behind her on my MTB most of the time, to flank her rear and make here feel more comfortable in traffic, and to make sure she was enjoying a pace that she set rather than me. We rode to a nearby Balducci's, bought sandwiches, sat out on the river and picnicked, and rode the MUP along the river and back home. She put in 10-12 miles, which I thought was fantastic for her. Fantastic because she can now, for the first time, comprehend an afternoon on the bikes as enjoyable without coming home saddle sore and unhappy. On a heavy and somewhat sluggish bike like the EZ Sport, I think that was a respectable workload for her.
I think her bike is a good platform for her for biking because any time she rode before this, she had saddle issues, even after trying several women's specific ones. Also, the cockpit is a nice design for her since she likes to have headlights, horn/bell, water bottles, etc. mounted and in reach, and there’s room in the back for a rack (I have panniers already if she wants to start running errands about town. Also she straps a lock and fanny pack on the rear which is a lot easier for carrying her stuff than an under-the seat saddle bag.
I think she is going to be out and about town more on her recumbent, rather than driving so I think this is going to be a great lifestyle change. I am thrilled she is getting excited about cycling, even though it’s a different part of the spectrum from my road cycling obsession. Hell, we may even bike to bars, rather than walk or get a cab, so the bike may serve some purpose for weekend partying.
So far-so good. Lets hope she really gets into recumbent riding. If she outgrows this bike at some point, I will be happy to sell this one and upgrade her to something more advanced, but right now I am thrilled she seems to have caught the cycling bug.