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Old 06-24-04, 09:22 PM   #1
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Rode my first recumbent!

Well I somehow got stuck assembling a Sun EZ at the shop today, and I had zero recumbent experience other than blowing past retirees wearing traffic cone orange vests with a 15' orange flag off the back. After I built it and dialed it in I was told it had to be test ridden as they often do no behave on pavement as they do on the stand. I was kinda nervous, having never ridden one, but I wheeled it outside, kicked off, wobbled for a second, and next thing I knew I was doing about 20 across the parking lot trying to drift it into the corners These things are FUN! I'm half tempted to get one now... but I have too many bikes already, and I'm 22 so I gotta be concerned with my image Very cool, and very comfortable bikes!
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Old 06-24-04, 11:16 PM   #2
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I hardly ever see someone really ride one. I mean someone that makes it move like I do on my road bike.
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Old 06-25-04, 04:47 AM   #3
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Well I somehow got stuck assembling a Sun EZ at the shop today, and I had zero recumbent experience other than blowing past retirees wearing traffic cone orange vests with a 15' orange flag off the back. After I built it and dialed it in I was told it had to be test ridden as they often do no behave on pavement as they do on the stand. I was kinda nervous, having never ridden one, but I wheeled it outside, kicked off, wobbled for a second, and next thing I knew I was doing about 20 across the parking lot trying to drift it into the corners These things are FUN! I'm half tempted to get one now... but I have too many bikes already, and I'm 22 so I gotta be concerned with my image Very cool, and very comfortable bikes!
Welcome to the world of recumbents! The next thing that happens when you ride a recumbent is that you get this big grin on your face. It is known as the "recumbent grin". There are some things to remember about recumbents, some good and some bad. The bad thing is they are not quite as speedy going up a hill as a good road bike, although you will expend less effort getting up the hill if the gearing is right. The good things are that they are as fast or faster on the flats as a road bike. Downhill and going into a strong headwind they are fast. You don't get sore after a long ride. And as you discovered THEY ARE FUN! Now that you have ridden one you are hooked since recumbents are highly addictive. Another thing I've found is that traffic is more respectful of you when on a recumbent. Don't worry about your image. you will get a lot of comments while on the bike, all of them positive, and you will get asked a lot of questions. Once you get your recumbent legs you will be eating roadies for breakfast! Oh, and you can never have too many bikes! One last thing, since I got my recumbent my road bike hasn't been out of the garage!

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Which model EZ was it?
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Which model EZ was it?
I think it was maybe an EZ 3? I really can't remember but I know we sell a lot of threes. It had some round tubing, and V-brakes. 24 or 26" rear wheel as I recall. I am thinking I could get one of them "for my Dad" and just ride it every now and again to keep it fresh for him
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Was it a trike?
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EZ3 is a trike
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He describes the bike as having one "24 or 26 rear wheel". I suspect the bike he is referring to is not a trike.
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Sounds like the EZ Sport or Sport Limited.
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Nah it was a two wheeler... I just said EZ3 because I see the name a lot as we sell a lot of them.... it was probably an Easy Sport... definately pretty sweet whatever it was.
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http://www.easyracers.com/about.htm just go down the list on the right there will be a pic of each EZ then you will know and if you post that info we will know what bike you road.
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Dad? HEY, why not ride it yourself? Bents are not "bikes for geezers" or people with physical limitations!!! (though they're great for those folks!) Bents are just darn FUN and you've only seen the tip of the tip of the whole iceberg!

We've got 'em all: long wheel base; short wheel base; medium wheel base; hi racers; low racers; delta trikes; tadpole trikes, tandems, ETC. Some heavy and cumbersome, some light and faster than anything Lance might mount! Bents are SO COOL because they are so varied in their styling, componentry, and purpose.
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Bents are not slow, just different! Once you've trained you legs to use somewhat different muscles, you will blow past your df friends. Lower and more aero is what it is all about, also no foot-strike leaning into corners and more open breathing position. BTW, all the world records for human powered vehicles are on recumbents, with or without fairings, currently 68+ mph.

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Old 07-27-04, 03:18 AM   #14
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The current record for speed (at battle mountain)is a touch over 80mph!
It was in a fully faired bent.
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Recumbents have such an advantage in being aero that was one of the reasons the International Cycling Federation outlawed them from competing in sanctioned races.
All because a second rate rider blew the doors off of the worlds best DF rider in a major race... or so the story goes.

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