Bicycles by Easy
Carl enjoying his new 27 lb Easy Racers Ti
has been continuously building recumbent bicycles longer than anyone
else in the world! Gardner Martin started with the Chromoly Tour Easy in
the late 70s, adding the Aluminum Gold Rush Replica (GRR) in the late
80s and the titanium Ti Rush in the late 90s. All Easy Racers' bikes are
comfortable recumbents with an easy to get used to rider position and
stable handling. They feature over seat steering (OSS) and triple crank
sets, offering a wide range of gears. They use a standard, inexpensive
Greenfield kickstand, unlike some recumbents that need custom, expensive
(and sometimes hard to find) kickstands. All Easy Racers' frames,
handlebars and seats are manufactured in the USA. The EZ-1 was US made
till the mid 90s, now it is imported, like all the Sun recumbents bikes.
Gardner designed the recumbents for Sun. He told me when he sent a
prototype overseas it always comes back heavier. The EZ-1 is an OK first
recumbent but kind of heavy and slow. Many riders find it a bit
unstable. Because it is imported, it is one of the cheaper recumbents
available. The lower seat height and long wheelbase of the Tour Easy and
GRR give them excellent high-speed stability. On the other side of the
column, their length can make "U" turns, storage and transport awkward.
Many rear mount auto racks can carry the Easy Racers bikes. Roof racks
may need a tandem mount. We are the largest Easy Racer dealer in NYS and
stock the Tour Easy and sometimes a Gold Rush Replica recumbent. We can
special order the Gold Rush or TI Rush.
Options available for an Easy Racer include racks, bags, kickstands,
speedometer etc. Zzipper fairings fit the Easy Racers with a good,
inexpensive mount, unlike some recumbents where the mount can cost as
much as (or more than) the fairing itself. Fairings reduce wind
resistance, keep you warm and dry and are easily removed for transport.
They also are noisy, scratch easily and add a bit of instability in
strong, gusty wind. I use a fairing in cool or wet weather but not on
nice summer days.
Bob has ridden his Tour Easy EX 15,000 miles and is still going strong!
The US made Tour Easy, Gold Rush
Replica, Fold Rush and TI Rush are relatively long LWBs. Their length,
low pedals and a fairly low seat yield excellent high-speed handling.
Three standard frame sizes are available to fit riders 5'2" to 6'4".
They are available in two versions, the Expedition (EX) and as the Speed
& Sport (S&S).
The S&S is the slightly faster of the two. Narrow, high-pressure
20x1/18" (451) front and 700c rear tires combined with higher gearing
make the S&S ideal for the rider who wants a comfortable replacement for
his road bike. The S&S is not a race bike, none of the Easy Racers are.
They are quick, comfy, super stable touring bikes. There are only a few
20x1 1/18" road tires made to fit the front. This size tire is not easy
to find replacements for, especially on a tour. Most small shops will
never have heard of this size and will not have any tires that will
work. The 700c rear is easy to find. This is a fast touring bike for
pavement and small to medium hills and excels on century rides. It can
be geared down for large hills. We recommend the EX model for front tire
The EX (Expedition) has wider, medium-pressure 20" (405) front and 700c
rear tires and lower range gearing. It is good for the rider who wants
to do long tours with gear, ride dirt roads, climb the biggest hills,
worry less about flats or just have a good selection of front tires
available. Its low gears are even lower than some mountain bikes, making
it a good climber. The 20" front tire and touring 700c tires are both
easy to find replacements for, even on tour. Even small shops in small
towns should have tires that will work till you can find just what you
want. The EX is an excellent bike for self-contained touring.
We can custom set up your Tour Easy EX with wider tires and high gears
or narrow tires and medium gears if that best suits your riding. Both
the EX and the S&S now come stock with the cool back seat. It uses a
Lycra covered foam seat base but an airy mesh back on an aluminum frame.
Most riders consider the cool back more comfortable, particularly in hot
weather. The Cobra seat is their performance seat. It has a Lycra cover
over foam on a rigid carbon fiber/Kevlar base. Being stiffer makes it a
bit faster. The bottom of the cobra is wide but the back is narrow,
5"-6" wide. It is the faster of the two Easy Racers seats but may leave
your back sweaty, as it is unventilated. A Tour Easy, GRR or TI Rush can
be switched from one seat to the other without modification.
As always we recommend test riding a dozen or more bikes before picking
your favorite but if you do not have an Easy Racer dealer in your area
we can ship you a bike.