bikes

Recumbents

A recumbent bicycle places the rider in a laid-back reclining position. Recumbents come in many different sizes and configurations usually with either two or threes wheels. Most recumbents are rear-wheel-drive but there are many FWD models available. A well designed recumbent is far more comfortable than an upright bike; the rider’s weight is distributed comfortably over a …

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Custom Lowracer FWD

I first spotted the Toxy ZR online in about 2005 and commissioned a friend to make me  a similar machine but it never really handled satisfactorily. It was decidedly scary at speed.

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Toxy ZR

I picked this up at SPEZI 2013 in Germany whilst travelling with my wife for a nearby conference. I first spotted the ZR online in about 2005 and commissioned a friend to make me  a similar machine but it never really handled satisfactorily. It was decidedly scary at speed and I lost confidence in it. My wife decided to …

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Why a Recumbent?

When I started randonneuring I quickly realised that there had to be a better experience than suffering saddle sores and neck pain, not to mention nerve damage resulting in lingering finger numbness.