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Old 03-21-07, 08:54 PM   #1
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I have a buddy that is looking at starting a cycling career. He's around 65 yrs old, 6'3 and weighs 350 lbs.
we went to a LBS and looked at several bikes for him. He was having a hard time getting on and off a mountain bike and that made him afraid to get one.

The one that interests him the most is a Sun Recumbent EZ-3 USX, which can be found here.

It was raining outside, so he rode it around inside the store for a bit. I am surprised they allowed him. Anyways, the salesman did explain to him the dangers of them tipping over, but he wasn't worried about that. The salesman also told him that he would never keep up with anyone on a road bike. Is this true?
I don't remember how many speeds it has, but I would have thought on a casual ride he would be able to keep up with me. Is 14 or 15 MPH out of the picture on one of these?
I know climbing on one might be a challenge, but speed shouldn't be.

Should he consider one of these trikes or try and get use to a 2 wheel bike?

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Old 03-21-07, 09:45 PM   #2
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I started riding with a guy last summer who has a bent and the guy flat out flys. His bent weighs 32 lb and is a CAFE long wheelbase. I got a chance to ride it two weeks ago in the parking lot and found it easier to ride than I had imagined. Yeah they go slower on the climbs but the downhill and the flats I seem to always be chasing him. I weigh 260 lb and ride a Surly Crosscheck and the bent rider is only 180 lb. At the end of the day ride what you own and have fun.
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It's mountain bikes that won't keep up with road bikes, recumbents will smoke road bikes (except going uphill, even then, it's not that much slower). He should get something he's comfortable with, otherwise he'll never use the thing. It'll be a while before he should be worried about 'keeping up' anyway.
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If he goes the recumbent route, one issue: Let him know that he needs to climb in a low gear and spin at high RPM to save stress on the knees. Other than that, the EZ-3 trikes are all very comfortable, if not the fastest ride on the planet. My wife rides an EZ-3 also and loves hers. It's a decent entry level trike as far as I'm concerned!

Of the EZ3 series, the USX is the best. He'll cruise when he gets in shape at 14-17 mph and do so fairly easily.

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Look, your boy is 65 and horribly overweight. Anything that gets him out on the road is a good buy. I'm generally skeptical of recumbents but in this case he should go for it.
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