I know I just got a Limbo, but now I'm wondering if I should get a Tour Easy. They just look so easy to ride. Any comments out there on this. How would it do on a commute with the hills and rain in Seattle? Speed is really not my thing. Travelling comfortably and safely is. Any thoughts on this?
I've been lurking for a while, but I found something I felt somewhat qualified to reply to. I got a Tour Easy a few months ago, and it's super comfortable. I'm new to long-distance road riding (all mountain biking before this), but I can ride for hours on this bike and be perfectly comfortable.
I haven't ridden a Limbo, but the seat looks a bit higher up than the Tour Easy. In town, the Tour Easy is nice because you can plant both feet flat on the ground at a stoplight - not sure if you can do that on a Limbo. The Tour Easy is also very stable because of its length. I've hit 45mph on mine and it felt totally solid. It took a little while to get used to a different way of balancing at really low speeds.
That said, I would give the Limbo more of a chance, now that you've got it anyway. I test rode a Tour Easy in a pretty flat area, and the first day I got mine up here in the mountains, I was kind of depressed when I hit the hills. They say it takes a while to work up different muscles for a recumbent, and they're right. If you're having trouble with hills on the Limbo, maybe you just need to give it more time (I did).
Lost Marble . . . love the name!!!!! I had the front wheel on the Limbo moved out and they changed the handle bars to the ones like they have on the Hepcat and the Django and it feels significantly more stable and easier for me to manuever. I'm really enjoying the ride now! Thanks for your input!
Going down hills is the greater concern for me! I grew up in Miami and haven't ridden since then so the speed that hills provide is an adjustment. As far as going up . . . (and down for that matter) . . . I've decided to work my way to steeper hills over a period of time so that I can build strength and confidence.
I hope that things are getting easier for you on the hills!!!
It was a very good move for you to move the limbo into the compact wheelbase size. I think burley really messed up the short version of that. (hepcat and dejango are much better.)
Safety wise, your probably better off with the limbo, it sits higher therefore it is more visible (but this really dosen't matter because bents' stand out like a sore thumb to most moterists anyway.
As for hill climbing, I would personally reccommend the tour easy. I find the lower bottom bracket to be much more comfortable to ride with on hills (but that is completely personal taste)
For rain riding, it mostely depends on what rubber you use.
Either way, both bikes have their posatives and negatives and my boss and I tell all our bent customers that we can't tell them which bike is better. They are just going to have to get on each bike and see which one they like best. So if you are still not sure, got to your local dealer and take the tour easy out and decide for yourself.
I have a Sun EZ Sport, which was designed by the people at easyracers, Its layout is similar to the tour easy. I ablolutely love it. It's comfortable, handles well and racks up the miles with ease. The tour easy is a step up from the easy sport, and thats what I'll get when it's time for a replacement. Go for it, you will not regret it. In fact, if you're over 50, it's the only way to go. bk