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Thread Starter 
Any recumbant riders here?

I had the Sun EZ3 Tadpole Recumbant Trike back ordered for 3 months. I finally got the call on Saturday from a cycle shop in Columbus. This bike rocks ! I added rear rack and saddle packs. You can also order a trailer unit for long hauls 0and touring. I threw in a rectracable cockpit arm with speedomoter, altimeter, weather unit and radio. I will make good use of this touring Yellowstone and the Mountain roads on my photo trips.

Very easy handling trike but you need to go easy on the steering column and watch the cornering as you can go up on one wheel in a hurry if you hit a turn too hard at speed. You have to do a lot of leaning and differential braking when steering on steep sections. This thing can also go fast in a hurry. Without disk breaks this thing wouldnt stop on a steep section. I hit 50 MPH on a downhill section of a back road where a pal and I went to bike today. The best part is the relaxtion. With hands off the steering the bike will go straight and you can just sit back and relax and look around, grab a snack from the travel bag etc.

Also with the recumbant pedal position you get a good workout on leg muscles you never knew you even had.

I can't wait for next weekend. Sorry I am still all wired:
post #2 of 15
Yep. They're good.
post #3 of 15
Any opinion on the shammyless bent-rider shorts (with optional privacy panel)?

Is it time to give up on Lycra (and jerseys) entirely?
post #4 of 15
EZ3 good & reasonable enough cost so that you don't feel guilty about adding on some cost for accesories that you really need.
post #5 of 15
SkierXMan, I've never ridden one, but I hear you can't climb as well as on a traditional bike because you don't have the assistance of gravity driving your body weight into the pedals. Any thoughts on this? Thanks.
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
Rick...actually it is less strenuous to climb for a couple of reasons. First you push back in the chair and use the seatback as an anchor when pedaling for power(something you can't do for leverage on a conventional bike). The leverage far outdoes the gravity assist. Secondly if it is too steep and you run out of steam simply set the brake locks in place, sit back, relax, and take a breather. You would have to be going up a really steep grade to have any troubles. As long as you keep the pedals spinning in low gear it will inch along with relativley little effort. GIven the 50 pound weight of the trike I was quite surprised how easy it was to navigate the steep grades compared to a conventional bike. You won't go as fast on climbs as a standard bike but it really is relativley effortless on climbs and you expend little energy.
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
Do you have one Steve? The reason I purchased it was because of the $1000 price tag. I always wanted one but really couldnt justify shelling out $3000 a couple years ago. The Cattrike looks like a good model as well but I have been waiting for this model for a few months.
post #8 of 15
Nope. Greenspeed instead. EZ3 wasn't being made at that time. Sclumpf mountain drive gives you a few more gears to climb with. But expensive as are the other gadgets that you can add. Another good trike is the one from Hastings, Michigan- wizwheels with an adjustable seat back. George Carlin says we want a ride- not a nap. Hopefully, in a few years, some of these will become more plentiful as well as dealers. I originally got this for the oldest daughter's rehab help. She met a tree skiing in Wi., not good. I felt that keeping her on three wheels a foot above the ground was a good thing. A kid on a bike cut in front of her, she locked up a disc brake, flipped over, and broke lights off. She's hard to save from herself, but doin fine now. Running , jumping, and throwing at Augustana College. Can't believe that she & her twin brother actually lived to get that old.
post #9 of 15
Thanks for the feedback X. Looks like a fun machine. Enjoy! When I get a chance I think I'll test ride one.
post #10 of 15
I got the trike from the Hostel Shoppe in Stevens Point, wi. Good place to look for recumbents. Also they're on the web.
post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 
I was browsing their website recently. They have a big selection with lots of high end bikes. There is a shop in PA that also has a large recumbant selection. Its hard to find a local shop here where you can actually demo a bike though. Usually if a local shop has any recumbants in stock its a Sun long wheel base model. My brother in law is a big rider and has a new Bachetta Aero he dropped a few grand on. I tried it out on Sunday and it is fast and nimble-a bit too nimble for someone inexperienced like myself.
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
You should try it out Rick. Its worth the time even if you arent seriously considering buying one. You will probably want it though after you ride it. I was skeptical about performance when I tried it but was really surprised when I rode a trike out in Wyoming on a recent trip. I was hooked and went shopping for one when I got home. It really is an awesome bike for touring and you can easily sustain cruising speeds the same as with an upright with less effort and more comfort. The biggest enjoyment for me is just being able to actually enjoy the scenery from a reclined position without having to lift and pan your head while worying about running off the road. For pure speed and extreme performance though the 2 wheel short base models are the ticket.
post #13 of 15
My wife like the vision with underseat steering. Too bad they're gone. Many of these companies have good ideas, good products, high prices, and low sales. Some just can't seem to make it over the hill. Recumbents of all types seem to be a niche market. Yes, I felt like an idiot for spending so much for a greenspeed, but they're still around and I really got it for the daughter purpose. I don't care much for uss, feeling like a boulder balancing on the edge of a 2x4, but she doesn't like the laidback feeling with her head so reclined. Need to make a headrest with a rod and part of an old foam swimming noodle. Something different for everyone's needs. I think Trek & Cannondale make very good bikes, but neither have made very much of a dent in recumbents. Strange.
post #14 of 15
so ... heh ... thirsty? try my CamelChest!
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