I mentioned a while back that I was contemplating getting a recumbent so I can enjoy the reclined bike-style again….=-) I’ve been pondering what to get that would be interesting to ride and fit into my current bike mission profile. One bike that keeps popping up on my radar is the Easy Racer Gold Rush Replica like the one pictured above. It’s a long wheelbase recumbent that’s got a reputation for speed and solid climbing performance. It makes a great touring rig and long distance bike as David Cambon has proven on many occasions. The GRR is particularly suited for fast riding with a front fairing and body sock. Living in Victoria BC the warmth and weather protection these items offer is definitely of interest for year round riding.
It would be very interesting to see how an Easy Racer LWB stacked up against the SWB bents I’m used to riding – especially in the climbing department. They seem to offer a lot of potential benefits:
- efficient climbing for a bent
- high speed on downhills, flats and shallow climbs
- weather protection from fairing and body sock
- comfortable ride [due to long wheelbase and recumbent seat]
- easy to carry water and other supplies
- low BB makes starts and stops easy
- proven design
- great customer service
- 406 and 700c wheel sizes in common with bikes I already own
Configured the way I would need it a GRR would cost over $4K so I won’t be snapping one up tomorrow, but I will keep my eyes peeled for a good deal like a used bike in good condition. In the meantime I’ll work on getting a test ride in when I go to Seattle in March 2011.