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Old 10-29-12, 04:55 PM
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Hi new to the forums.
So I'm a big guy 265 6 foot. I've been looking at my local Craigslist and have a line on 4 diffrent Recumbent bikes
1) terratrike path 3 speed for $500.00.
2) EZ-1 Super Cruiser for $200.00.
3) BikeE CT with an XL frame for $400.00.*
4) Llinear Recumbent for $350.00. It's the folding kind I belive.
I had a hip replacement 2 1/2 years ago so a regular bike doesn't work to well for me. My commute is about 4 miles each way with a few minor hills.*
I'd appricate any opinions for the best fit for me.*
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Old 10-29-12, 05:01 PM
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2) EZ-1 Super Cruiser for $200.00.
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Old 10-29-12, 05:03 PM
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Can you tell me why?
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Old 10-29-12, 05:50 PM
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I had the EZ-1 sx and I am 6' 200 lbs,,I was IMO about max size for that bike.
The seat would go back more tho,,

You do know how to measure right ?
I sit the bike,
rear end back against the seat back,
pedal at the farthest point,
Heel on the pedal and leg straight at the knee,

then when you put the ball of your foot on the pedal you should feel right,
slight knee bend..

The boyz at:
https://www.bentrideronline.com/messageboard/index.php

they really know bents,,,,they really really know trikes,,,,
I cannot Imagine a 3 speed trike on anything but flat lands,
the E bike felt super small to me, did not like at all.
Number 4,,, not a clue...

You need more info,,trikes are cool,,,

I moved up to the Tour Easy,,love it...
Below Is my EZ-1 set up for me:::

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Old 10-29-12, 06:08 PM
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If it fit, I'd say go with the EZ-1. Next,the Bike-E (again, if it fit - I think an XL frame would fit.) I would not recommend the Linear or the Path.
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Old 11-01-12, 12:23 PM
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So I've had a couple of private messages asking for the link to the linear sale. But it won't let me send a private message so here's the link now.
https://albuquerque.craigslist.org/bik/3371847627.html
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Old 11-01-12, 04:22 PM
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Still can't send private messages.
Vegastriker, so does it look sound and sound like a good deal?
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Old 11-03-12, 03:49 PM
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
If it fit, I'd say go with the EZ-1. Next,the Bike-E (again, if it fit - I think an XL frame would fit.) I would not recommend the Linear or the Path.
I am with Blazing pedals...the EZ-1 or BikeE! but lean toward the BikeE myself being a BikeE rider It's built like a tank but only weighs 29# [aluminum frame] and the XL is rated for either 300# or 350# and should readily fit your height. [I like the Black Powder-coat too! ] I even take mine on gravel trails on occasion. BUT, BikeE went out of business in 2002! but most stuff is off the shelf except seat related. I replaced both SRAM twist-grip shifters from Amazon! Still I doubt I would trade it for anything less than a Bacchetta Giro ATT or a Tour Easy! The EZ-1 price is a bit better though and from the craiglist it is as old as the BikeE [10 years] so the price a real positive for the EZ-1 as a first recumbent. My BikeE was only $300. Being general purpose, neither is what you call a fast bike but either would be good for basic commuting! Pricing and actually sitting/riding the bike are probably the two main considerations. Both have very good seats.

Can't tell without a ride!

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Old 11-04-12, 12:25 AM
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Thanks for the info. I still haven't made a decision on what I'm getting yet.
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To expound on my short answer:

1) terratrike path 3 speed for $500.00.
I don't think there would be a problem for your weight, but it's only a 3-speed. Believe me, that would make it only suitable for parking lots and extremely flat MUPs.

2) EZ-1 Super Cruiser for $200.00.
Good starter. Probably the easiest of the bunch to learn how to ride. Good seat height. Should easily handle your weight. But the bike is heavy. I'd point out it's not very fast, but then none of this bunch are.

3) BikeE CT with an XL frame for $400.00.*
Basic BikeE, reasonably easy to ride although some find it a bit nervous. Bike-Es strongest point was its friendliness to parking lot test rides. At $400 it is probably a bit overpriced. I'd expect to pay $300-350 for one in good shape.

4) Llinear Recumbent for $350.00. It's the folding kind I belive.
Older models, which this probably is, were noted for squeaky frames and with wimpy stays. Fortuitously for me, when I was researching for my first bent, a dealer made a presentation to my club at a membership meeting. The price was great -- about half the price of a V-Rex; but seeing one in person convinced me it would not hold up for me (I was 180 at the time.) I would definitely not recommend for heavier riders.
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Old 11-09-12, 06:00 PM
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The EZ-1 is a good bike. I'd pick one up right now for $200 if there was one near me.
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Old 11-09-12, 09:09 PM
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Parts for the EZ-1, unlike some parts for the BikeE, are still available. Seat mounts are one example.
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Old 11-09-12, 09:25 PM
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Unfortunately I was too tall for the EZ. With the seat all the way back I couldn't get full leg extension. and my knees actually hit the handle bars.
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