equipment

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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Nazca Gaucho HiRacer 28

I visited SPEZI in 2018 and enjoyed the spectacle of the place. I am still looking for a simple, lightweight machine that will easily pack into a suitcase for travelling. The Zox caught my eye and I was impressed by a short ride around the test track. They are not the most elegant of designs, …

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Why Not a Recumbent?

I have been reading a book by Robert Penn called “It’s All About the Bike” which a friend gave me last week. Penn has been a life-long cyclist and rode around the world in his late twenties. The book is the story of his love affair with cycling and the journey to build his dream bike. …

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