Bicycles by Easy
Carl enjoying his new 27 lb Easy Racers Ti
Easy Racers 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 at $550. 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. Five 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 availability.
The EX (Expedition) has wider, medium-pressure 20" (405) front and 700c
rear tires and medium-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.
Easy Racers bikes are available in these sizes: S, S/M, M, M/L, L
All Easy Racers bikes have 27 speeds.
All S&S models have high pressure 20X1 1/8" front 700X28cm rear Presta
All EX models have high pressure 20X1.5" front 700X35cm rear American