Deja Vous

This was my first recumbent, on which I completed PBP in 2003. The handling was excellent but the narrow high-pressure tyres gave it a harsh ride on rough roads and was almost impossible to ride on unsealed surfaces. The tailbox helped streamline the bike and also provided a large storage space which, along with the…


The right time to quit

RandonnĂ©es can be tough, but riders who prepare well can usually finish within the time limit. We all have times when we are not feeling good and may be tempted to give up. Pushing through those periods makes the difference between success and a DNF. Ed Bernasky says about his PBP2019 ride: The decision to…


Sleep on 600Ks and longer

Here’s John Hughes’ advice: Take a sleep break if you can – you’ll ride better the following day. Danny Chew used to take 3 hour sleep breaks on RAAM while his competitors were only taking short breaks or not stopping. As a result he was fast enough to win RAAM twice. . If your event…


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…


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.