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Old 08-30-09, 06:22 AM   #1
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Help with a craigs list find recumbent

Just wondering if this bike is worth the 300 asking price, he just calls it a "touring recumbent."







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Old 08-30-09, 08:36 AM   #2
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Isn't that an Easy Racers Tour Easy?
Worth $300
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Even if it's a "clone," if it's made properly, it would certainly be worth 300.00. If it is a "clone," it would have to be looked at very, very carefully however. Welds good, frame straight?

It always amazes me how some people are too lazy to "stage" their items for sale so that they get a decent photo of the item that they are selling....not buried in a bunch of clutter. Unreal.
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Old 08-30-09, 09:31 AM   #4
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Frame layout looks like what I can see in googled ER pics. The rear dropout/triangle setup looks the same. It's a wonder that the 3 CL pics show as much as they do. Makes me feel better about my garage.
If it's a clone it's true to the original. If the seller knows it's an ER, would likely be in the ad. Either the seller has no idea what it is (likely) or it is a clone.
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His ad.

"Selling a used touring bicycle.
The bicycle has a windshield, pump, bag with assorted contents, water bottle holder, soft padded cushion great for long rides. The bike just needs some tlc since it has just been sitting for two years. I can get pictures to you, I just couldn't get them to upload correctly on the page, just email and ask. I am asking 300 or best offer. The bicycle goes new for around 3k. "

That's his ad. Makes me think that it is a Easy Racer or similar, no clone. Especially the part saying "the bicycle goes new for around 3k."

Thanks for the input guys. I'm going to get it this afternoon so wish me luck.
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Good luck. Report back.
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Yeah, the fact that he calls it a windshield instead of a fairing shows that he's not real bike savoy. You might be getting a real steal.
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accordionfolder,

The bike indeed has all the earmarks of a genuine Tour Easy. The frame, handle bars and fork appear factory. However, it also looks repainted because it seems to be missing the "Tour Easy" decals on the top tube, and, it seems odd that the CL lister knows the original price, but fails to mention the manufactures' name or model of the bike. IMO, you be wise to approach this sale with caution.
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Wonder if it's "hot"?
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Where is it?

If you don't want it, let me know and I'll get it!

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I don't think it's hot, unless a thief was willing to let it gather 5 years' worth of dust.
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I would guess that a family member of the owner is the seller.
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Already jumped, had to pay 350 for it, but totally worth it. Came with a bag stuffed full of goodies including a nice rain jacket and a folding bead bead tire. The bike itself is actually in quite good condition with Phil Wood hubs and hutchison tires.

The only thing I would like to replace is the seat, does anyone know how feasable that is?

Thanks for all the input!
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Can I get a good idea of worth if I get the bike back to pristine condition? It's a 6 speed so it's pretty old

Solid bike though, seems to have seen a bit of use, but no abuse. A lot lighter than I thought it would be. Quite fun to ride, but the hubs need adjustment, chain cleaning, and a few other minor things. Rims seem to have seen little use, the rear spacing is around 127, a bit on the small side. Hopefully I'll be able to cram a 9-spd in there.

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Call Easy Racers with the serial number of the bike. They should be able to tell you what year it is and what you can upgrade to without messing with the frame.
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Road 9-speed is 130mm, so it's really close. It'll probably have a 27" wheel, but you should be able to find a long-reach caliper brake to reach a few extra mm so you can use 700c. The 'shorty' fairing is meant to be used with front panniers.

Easyracers goes back to what -- 1982? This bike has got to be nearly that old. The Cobra seat may have leather hiding underneath that lycra.
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Well, the current rear wheel is a 700c, it's a mavic rim on a Phil wood hub.

The bike is a bit long for me, do you guys think that 165mm cranks would help terribly?
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Call Easy Racers with the serial number of the bike. They should be able to tell you what year it is and what you can upgrade to without messing with the frame.
You can try but don't get your hopes up. I called this past April with a serial #3431 and they told me that their records don't go that far back. I requested help from the Easy Racers Forum (a great bunch of very knowledgable folks) and suspect mine is a late 1999 or early 2000. Easy Racers might be able to confirm if it's an Easy Racers or a clone, or perhaps the folks on the Easy Racers forum can.

Measure the wheelbase then you can go to the Easy Racers website and determine the frame size (there are about seven sizes). There are instructions on the website on how to determine your X-Seam and a comparison chart to help determine recomended frame sizes based on this measurement. With this information and assuming it's actually an Easy Racer, the folks at Easy Racers, and on the Forum, should be able to help you get the bike adjusted to your best fit.

Congrats on getting the bike . My Easy Racers Tour Easy is the most comfortable bike I've ever ridden, and riding it is always great fun. I expect you'll love the bike.

Looking forward to ride reports and pics.

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Wow $350 is a steal for a TE. I just got a mint one for $800 and that was a killer deal. You should post some pics when you get it cleaned up.
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Will do, I'm repainting it now. It'll be funky fresh when I finish.
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That's a really good deal. Congrats.
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