Recumbents

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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.carbent4

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 larger area, supported by back and buttocks.

There is minimal weight on the hands so you should not suffer sore wrists or numb hands/fingers after a long ride.

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On a traditional upright bicycle, the body weight rests entirely on a small portion of the sitting bones, the feet, and the hands.

Early Recumbents

Recumbent bicycle designs were around from the 1860s of both prone and supine varieties can be traced back to the earliest days of the bicycle.

Before the shape of the bicycle settled down following Starley‘s safety bicycle, there was a good deal of experimentation with various arrangements, and this included designs which might be considered recumbent. Continue reading “Recumbents”

Coroplast Velomobile

Now this has possibilities:

SpearHead Velomobile

A coroplast velomobile kit for your trike.

Spearhead Coroplast Velomobile

Toxy ZR

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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 go to a conference in Rothenburg odT, Germany, just down the road from Germersheim where SPEZI is an annual event. With only a week between them I booked flights then we decided to fill in the week going to northern Iceland. This was a wonderful experience but unfortunately did not involve any cycling.

On our return to Germany we picked up our luggage including the Toxy and I had a great time exploring the cycling around Rothenburg.

The ZR is everything it promised, even coming with a hard case for travelling, though the suitcase weighs more than the bike, causing some overweight problems for flying.