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    BIG boy wants a new toy

    Hi, I have been away from bikes for many years due to physical health.
    My question is this, can someone in the 400 lb. area ride a Giant Revive?
    I know most times it's about the wheels and front suspension, and the one I am looking at has laced spoke wheels. In the past I have never had a problem with them (mountain bikes mainly) unless I crashed or ran over with my trucks...long story.
    This bike has really, really caught my eye. The fact it has 20" wheels leads me to think it would be durable enough because of the short spokes compared to those on 26 and 27 inch mountain bikes. A couple weeks ago my friend son let me ride his 20" mx'er around the block and no damage to wheels. And being a modern Wal-Mart bike it's probably not as durable as a Trek, etc.
    I would be mainly riding secondary roads that are oil and chipped (basically like asphalt). Also wouldn't be the all-day or mega-mile kind of riding. Maybe 20-30 min. a day and build from there.
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    Hopefully someday soon, I will regain my physical being. Getting back on 2 wheels is my goal.

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    They guy is asking $275 for it. I looked it up and it seemed like a fair price. Naturally I will make a little lower offer, but I really like it. If nothing else I can buy it and put it in front of my treadmill and stare at it as my goal.
    Hopefully someday soon, I will regain my physical being. Getting back on 2 wheels is my goal.

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    Another guy has 2 of the Sun EZ-3 for sale, a red/black and blue/black for $500 each. Any good? I have seen some decent reviews on them. He believes they are 2007 models.00A0A_3IViHCZXZVS_600x450.jpg
    Hopefully someday soon, I will regain my physical being. Getting back on 2 wheels is my goal.

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    I have an older EZ-3 I do not know If It can handle a 400 pound rider but it seems very strong, well built. I do know the rear axle bearings can fail and stronger bearings can be had. IMO you should buy the Delta trike EZ-3 because your weight will be on two back wheels as opposed to one,, ok three total. Getting 100 psi Kenda's would be a good upgrade. I'd go that route and keep an eye on the spokes making shure they are tight before every ride. Once you get down to 250 pounds you can look into two wheelers..

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    IMO until you get down to 300, or 325 even on the Delta Trike ease over bumps real carefully.

    Note Keeping the slop out of the rear axle on the EZ-3 is simple, only a single nut to turn BUT ! leave the smallest amount of play, the absolute smallest, as snug up will do damage just like too loose will. I tightend mine once in 7 years... Trike is only on its second set of tires tho..

    I was 200 pounds now 175 and have hit some mean bumps, never had a loose spoke yet, wheels are still true. One neck bearing adjustment, Trike has had ZERO problems.
    Last edited by osco53; 07-23-13 at 06:20 AM.
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    MrRudog just looking at that first bike you posted and it's design I feel that you may bottom out the suspension system it's not suited for your weight. I think that the second recumbent trike would be far better and aid you more into getting back into cycling.

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    Also if you get that EZ-3 you posted a pic on, make the seat back more upright...more like mine, the seat back tubes are not up to being leaned back that far at your current size...we wan our stock kenda 65 psi max tires at 70 psi for most of their life, no problems,,you should stick to 60 or 65 max I would think, again the 100 psi tires at say 85 or 95 would be a good thing, to protect the rims.. The EZ-3 will work off the pounds and goes plenty fast for a Delta,,, For a Delta !! Feels stable going straight to 15 mph IMO and that's about maxed out full throttle..
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    The Sun 3-wheeler is for you; would not even consider the Giant at this point. A responsible weight loss program would put you more than a year away for the Giant.

    Good luck on your weight loss and don't forget a medical clearance before starting on an exercise program!
    What is better than getting your heart rate up and saddle time?

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    Many thanks to all for your input. I will be getting ahold of the guy about the trike. The good part of it is, it's red, my favorite color (not that color makes a difference). Just want to be safe. Will be looking into the h.d. tires and everything too. And will be discussing it with my doctor. Thanks again, vey much appreciated.
    Hopefully someday soon, I will regain my physical being. Getting back on 2 wheels is my goal.

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    To tell you how good the EZ-3 is I also have the Easy Racer Tour Easy LE model. I still like to take the Ez-3 out and will keep it forever, It's the only thing my wife rides,

    Also MrRudog, It takes time to develop 'Bent' legs, the muscle group used is a bit different, learn to 'spin' to keep the pressure off your knee's....

    Basic set up is just like any bike. Azz back into the seat, heel on the pedal at the pedals greatest distance from your hip, knee straight.
    Then when the ball of your foots on the pedal a slight knee bend you should have..
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    The Sun EZ3 or EZ3 USX has a listed weight capacity of 400 pounds according to the Sun website http://www.sunbicycles.com/product_d...&cl1=RECUMBENT The wheels in the picture show that the trike is built to accommodate a lot more load than most other trikes. The $500 price you quoted is pretty good for a trike that costs over $1K new if it is in good condition. The real downside to this trike is the weight - 65 pounds according to the specs listed at Sun. That combined with your own weight means it will take a lot of effort just to get the trike going. The heavy wheels needed for a strong trike also mean more inertia to overcome when starting out.

    I've read a number of long stories posted by new riders trying to lose and maintain lower weight. Some were successful and some were not. Here's a 6 year long saga that is posted on Recumbent Trike Rider http://www.thertr.com/forum/forum_po...le=weight-loss Th OP has had his ups and downs but in the same story are success stories by other riders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasTriker View Post
    The Sun EZ3 or EZ3 USX has a listed weight capacity of 400 pounds according to the Sun website The real downside to this trike is the weight - 65 pounds according to the specs listed at Sun. That combined with your own weight means it will take a lot of effort just to get the trike going. .
    USX is 65 pounds true, but the EZ-3 that the OP is looking at is only 56 pounds.. Funny thing is I never noticed the weight at all... BUT !

    As above: it will take a lot of effort just to get the trike going,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    All you have to do is remember to downshift all the way to first or second gear before you stop. This hangs up my wife now and then, she will stop in the middle chaining and the middle of the cassette....... Trikes don't have a minimum ride speed XD
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    I'll set you back a pretty penny (I know because I have one) but Longbikes LSipstream can easily be built to handle a VERY big guy.

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    "only 56 pounds"

    I stand by my statement that the weight of the trike makes a LOT of difference. This morning I happened to come across a trike rider who regularly rides an EZ-3 in my area. We stopped and chatted about his use of the trike. He's a daily rider of about 10-12 miles. I tried lifting the trike from below the seat. It is surprisingly heavy!

    I can even sense the difference between riding a 39 pound Greenspeed GTO and a 33 pound Catrike 700. The GS GTO is noticeably harder. My point is that a lot of would be trike riders who already face the problem of not having developed "trike legs" quickly get discouraged because it is hard to ride a heavy trike. It's not all that unusual to see Sun trikes listed on CL with the statement "only ridden a few miles". What seemed like a good idea in theory turned into a chore in practice.
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    VegasTriker, while you have a point, consider that a 56lb trike is a smaller percentage of total load for a 400lb triker than a 36lb trike and a 150lb triker.

    Yes, it takes getting used to - but realistically, all recumbents take some getting used to. IMHO, it's more a matter of will and effort than one of simple numbers. With reasonable expectations, effort and goals, a Sun Ez-3 seems like one of the few 400lb load-capable trikes available though it comes with a weight-penalty of its own.

    My guess is the OP isn't going to be a sprinter on any trike for at least foreseeable future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasTriker View Post
    "only 56 pounds"
    I stand by my statement that the weight of the trike makes a LOT of difference.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    It's not all that unusual to see Sun trikes listed on CL with the statement "only ridden a few miles".
    yeah I hear you, try a different view.

    A strong rider takes a 30 pound two wheel bike and adds 10 in gear, a Typical tad pole, the $3,000 ones weigh what, 35-39 pounds, now add 10 in extras.
    Don't nit pic my guestimate at weight I doubt its accurate. so now we are at less than 10 pounds diff and we are not talking speed we are talking pleasure
    riding. Ever tried It ??
    Where am I going with this ?,,, My EZ-3 is slower than my Tour Easy, Obviously....
    My EZ-3 weighs more, It has a lower gear Inch range something like 35" to 85 Inches where my tour Easy is like ,,guessing 36" to 127 Inches.

    I love riding both, performance is not an Issue, the EZ-3 I spin more in lower gears and ride slower...

    As for, "only ridden a few miles". It takes drive and ambition to get out and ride then there are those that need/want more speed.

    None of this makes the EZ-3 any less of a trike, just a different trike with different advantages...

    As said above,, to the OP trike weight is far less important,, trike strength is paramount. riding at slower speeds will still make him feel good
    and get stronger,
    and gain bent legs,
    and loose weight,
    and live longer,
    and let him feel the wind in his face,,,,,,

    performance is not all about speed, I still like to slow down and make the ride last.....

    Contemplate this on the, 'Tree of Woe' Grasshopper XD
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