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Old 03-26-09, 07:15 PM
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At last !!!

I've been reading about these particular bikes for close to 15 years now. I've dreamed and drooled and waited for my time to arrive.

I started at the low end with a new Sun EZ Sport SE in late 2007 and loved it, in fact I still do. Last Summer I found a used Volae Tour and purchased it for a very fair price. That too is a wonderful machine. So now I've experienced recumbent life on both LWB & SWB bikes and I see uses in my life for both bikes, but deep down inside I still lusted after my "Holy Grail"....a Tour Easy. Well today I happened upon a used one in a well known shop in New York State and even though it was raining and I mean raining hard, I just had to take it for a test ride.

Oh my gosh, it was every thing I dreamed it would be. I purposly started out up hill and took a good, soaking ride. When I got her back to the shop the mechanic and I looked for any possible flaws we could find....nothing major was wrong. I told him to tune it up and throw on a pair of much needed fenders and took it home with me. I need to order the cord for the Koolback seat and decide how and where to carry tools and tubes and drink, but otherwise she's ready to roll.

Here's a few pics.

On the stand and freshly waxed....


On the garage floor waiting to ride....


Worn seatback cord...


O.K. Summer, hurry up and get here already.
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Old 03-26-09, 08:01 PM
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You'll have to change your name to 'grinning, cranky old dude.'
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That's way too cool.
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Old 03-26-09, 10:14 PM
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Is that Tour Easy as comfortable as it looks? Why, when you already have both an LWB and a SWB, would you buy yet another 'bent?
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Old 03-27-09, 06:13 AM
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Originally Posted by LWB_guy View Post
Is that Tour Easy as comfortable as it looks? Why, when you already have both an LWB and a SWB, would you buy yet another 'bent?

That's easy. N+1, man.
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Old 03-27-09, 07:01 AM
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Originally Posted by LWB_guy View Post
Is that Tour Easy as comfortable as it looks? Why, when you already have both an LWB and a SWB, would you buy yet another 'bent?
There's quite a big difference between the two LWB bikes, or it seems that way to me anyway. The EZ Sport is great for just tooling around the neighborhood or the crushed limestone Canal Path on, whereas the Tour Easy is lighter and quicker and great for long rides and tours.

I used the EZ Sport as an entry level bike to introduce myself to the recumbent world, kinda like a "Starter Bike". It was of a good enough quality that I got hooked and it's of a good enough quality that I will keep it even though I now have a Tour Easy.

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That's easy. N+1, man.
That too.
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Old 03-27-09, 08:51 AM
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Congratulations Lenny, don't know much about bents, but that one looks to be in good shape and comfortable too. Hope things work out the way you want them to.
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Old 03-27-09, 11:41 AM
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Tour Easys

Lenny, I absolutely know where you are coming from about the Tour Easy. I bought my first one in 83 and have over 50,000 miles on it! I still ride it daily here in Anchorage, Alaska. The ash from our volcanoes doesn't slow it down at all! The only thing I've changed is the seat. I have a cool back as well since the large frame was just a tad small for my long legs and I ended up pushing the old cobra seat back into the rear wheel until I had worn a groove in it and broke it! The silver lining was that I replaced it with the cool back and got an additional inch or so of inseam length so that it now fits me much better. I eventually bought a Gold Rush which I keep down at my parents home in the lower 48s for riding. They are just great bicycles. I put a granny gear on my years ago and so there is just about no hill I can't climb as long as I'm spinning. I have purchased many recumbents since buying that first Tour Easy and have enjoyed them all but rarely have the others had the same comfort, cool look, and just basic common sense design.
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Though I'm probably years away from considering a purchase, I'm intrigued by recumbents. Since this is a Tour Easy, are you going to tour? Where would one carry one's stuff on this sort of machine? Thanks.
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Old 03-28-09, 10:25 PM
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Why a Tour Easy after an EZ Sport?

It'a a "no brainer"...if one has to ask, then one has never experienced the difference!

Woo Whooo! Beautiful and classic bent. Enjoy your find Lenny! Awesome! :=)
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Old 03-29-09, 09:27 AM
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It's a Tour Easy so you're going to need a rack, panniers, trunk bag, hydration pack... I have one of these for carrying my "stuff" on day trips: https://poweroncycling.com/itemdetails.cfm?id=584 It goes over the seatback bows on a coolback seat and works like a charm.
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Old 03-29-09, 07:34 PM
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Congrats--that was a good find! I have always wanted to try one. I wrote the following on my website over twelve years ago:
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Another recumbent?

This was the subject of a recent thread on the HPV mailing list. My choice for a second bike falls in line with the replies of some other P-38 owners. I'd love to try a Gold Rush Replica from Easy Racers. This the the bike which served as the basis for a speed setting machine that now sits in the Smithsonian Institute. Owners rave about the machine--almost as much as P-38 owners do! :-)
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Of course, now I want the Ti version!
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Old 03-29-09, 09:32 PM
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My co-worker's been riding one for 15 years with a front fairing. It's really a marvel of design. I've had it around the parking lot a few times and it has a real responsiveness to force on the pedals that is surprising considering how big a bike it is.

Enjoy it! Just add a front fairing so you too can hit 40+ mph on the downhills with ease
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