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Early Recumbents

Geared recumbents , as distinct from early front-drivers , first appeared in the 1890s, soon after the pneumatic-tired safety bicycle. Charles Challand , a professor in Geneva, built what was probably the first geared recumbent (Swiss patent 11,429 of 1895, British patent 6,748 of 1896). He called it the Normal Bicycle, because the rider‘s posture …

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Wax-based chain lube

In a previous post I mentioned paraffin wax was claimed to be the most efficient chain lube. I tried straight paraffin wax and found it less than ideal: too sticky and hard to use. I just came across a recipe that uses other ingredients to make applying the wax mush easier. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ1xBLthKnPWxfCYCDXBUFg

The First Recumbents

Geared recumbents , as distinct from early front-drivers , first appeared in the 1890s, soon after the pneumatic-tired safety bicycle. See Early Recumbents Jan Heine has discovered recumbents. “While the racing world outlawed recumbents soon after Francis Faure set an hour record on a recumbent in 1933, cyclotourists and randonneurs couldn’t have cared less about what the Union Cycliste …

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Ketogenic Diet for Randonneurs

Can I really fuel my rides purely by burning fat rather than carbs (or, technically, glycogen) and do so more efficiently and with greater recovery? Doctors used the ketogenic diet in the 1920s as part of a therapy plan for people with epilepsy, although the origins of ketogenic medicine may date back to ancient Greece. For randonneuring …

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