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Old 06-04-08, 03:17 PM   #1
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EZ-1 SC Touring? Quadrabent?

I just bought my first recumbents (one for the wife, too!) last night - the Sun EZ-1 Super Cruiser. Has anybody used these for light (3 days to a week) touring? How about using the quadrabent kit? Anybody experienced with this?
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How about using the quadrabent kit? Anybody experienced with this?
Someone sells either a kit or completed quad. One fell over often with 1 person (weight over the wheels, instead of between the wheels; I think) but that same one has a rack with many surfboards (Surfing School). No problems since!

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Anybody experienced with this?
Electric Sierra Cycles (Santa Cruz) was where this one came from.

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That's pretty awesome!
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My wife and I are thinking of getting 2 bikes and the quad kit. Does anyone know how hard it is to take apart and put together?
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My wife and I are thinking of getting 2 bikes and the quad kit. Does anyone know how hard it is to take apart and put together?
That's exactly what I'd like to know. This has been pretty quiet... If I do it, I'll let you know how it is. It won't be till later in the summer, though. Let me know how it goes if you do it first. Looks like a blast, doesn't it?
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Ooh. Also, anybody know of a good hitch mount rack that I can use for these?
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We just bought one bike yesterday and I have been riding it the last two days. We looked into the quad kit for my wife and myself and it is very intresting but also pretty expensive. It seems like something that you could make yourself with some aluminum tubing some thin plate and a Tig welder. It is a project that I am going to look into.

I rode many different standard bikes, different recumbants, a trike, and liked the sun the best. For a change I liked one of the cheaper models.
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Hi. I am a newbie. I have had a Sun EZ-1 for a year with 2,000 miles on it, and absolutely love it. I would like to know if Cherokee 140 or Slothman or anyone else has, by now, actual experience with the Sun quadrabent kit. It looks interesting for someone who does not know how to weld, even though I agree it is expensive. My wife has balancing issues, so this looks like a great possibility for exercise. I am concerned about its width, though. Has anyone experienced this kit?
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I haven't seen one used for touring, but a guy did the entire first day of the MS150 at Lake Tahoe on one. That's with some mountain pass climbing. With a rack and some bags I'd think you'd be super comfy cruising along.
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actual experience with the Sun quadrabent kit.
Not yet ... I'm still torn on whether I want to put more money into these. They're fun, but I have more fun on my upright ... I think I just need to adjust my attitude when I'm riding the EZ-1s. Not the same type of fun!

We're going to try some light touring in the next couple weeks if the weather holds. If we like that we'll probably hold on to them and look a the quadrabent in the future.
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Sun Quadrabent Kit Experience

I've got a lot of experience with the Quadrabent kits. The store I work for sells 5-8 units a year and I'm the person who puts them together. We usually have a demo model setup in the store for test rides and rental. We actually modified one of the kits and joined two Sun recumbent tandems together and called it a Quattrobent. That unit was used on a 300 mile tour in Northeast Wisconsin/Door County.

The Quadabent works pretty well and offers a number of advantages over a regular inline tandem. You can easily converse with the person your riding with, the cargo tray can carry a lot of weight such as dogs, coolers, camping equipment, etc. and there are a lot of additional options for it such as rumbleseats for carrying kids. It's only drawback is it is wider than an inline tandem and so it takes more room up on the trails and on the roadways.

The is a quick release kit available if someone needs to take the bikes/kit apart more regularly.

There is also a hitch rack made specifically for carrying it and three wheel recumbents.

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