Velomobile Commute

24 09 2010

HP Velo Factory Tour…

23 08 2010

From BROL…

Making a Catrike…

14 07 2010

In the spirit of the Schwalbe and Rohloff videos I posted yesterday here are a couple about making a Catrike recumbent trike.

RAAM 2010 Recumbents…

16 06 2010


There are several recumbent riders racing the 2010 edition of Race Across America [aka. RAAM]Most notably Barbra Buatois the french rider shown above who is currently the 1st place female in the race.

Dana Liberman, owner of Bent Up Cycles and all around nice guy, is part of a 4 man recumbent men’s team.  They are going strong and currently in 3rd place for their division.

Photo: RAAM

Tim Woudenberg is racing solo on a recumbent in the men’s 50-59 age group. He’s currently in first place in that group.

Photo: Sandy Earl

Sandy Earl was racing in the solo women’s division, but has DNF’d – although it’s not yet clear what the reason was for her departure from the race.

No matter how the race ends for these riders just showing up ready to race RAAM is an amazing accomplishment.  It’s hard to fully grasp the effort and investment of time/$$ these folks will have put into this event by the time they cross the finish line.

BTW – there is also a trike rider on a mixed bent/DF team called Team FARA.

Going bent Ver 4.0?

14 06 2010

Catrike Expedition...

I’m starting to get the hankering to ride a recumbent again.  No specific goals this time other than to try something new and see what I think.  This will be my fourth venture into the bent world.

My Recumbent resume:

  1. Vision R40 SWB was my first bent. I never felt at home with the handling and sold it after 1 season.  Then I took a couple years off bents altogether.
  2. BikeE CLWB was my second bent and a lot of fun, but I got the dreaded recumbutt after more than an hour in the saddle and the performance was not remarkable.  I took another couple years off at this point as well.
  3. I started back up with a Volae Expedition high racer, then tried a Challenge Taifun and Fujin SL SWB low racers.  There was also a RANS Rocket SWB and a Challenge Hurricane in the mix for my riding partner.  I sold all my bents in late 2008 so I’m coming up on 2 years bentless.
  4. The question is what bent to get and why?

The two front runners for my next bent are:

The Catrike Expedition shown in the photo above.

  • I’ve always been intrigued by trikes and in particular the space frame design of the Catrike seems like a beautiful form and function mix.
  • I’m pretty sure the go cart like handling and low slung riding position will be a ton of fun.
  • This is about as different as it gets when it comes to my previous recumbents.

The RANS X-Stream shown in the photo below.

  • I’ve never really “got” the LWB style recumbents until I saw the X-Stream.
  • It looks fast, comfortable and easy to start/stop.
  • I like the higher riding position for mixing it up with traffic as well as for riding with folks on DFs.
  • My previous RANS Rocket was a sweet well made bent as was the RANS Street Crank Forward I had.

RANS X-Stream

I’m not in any rush to make a decision as I’ve got a busy summer ahead of me, but I thought I would throw out my ideas so far and get some feedback to incorporate into the process.  If you’ve got some thoughts about either bent or a totally different make/model I’m open to hearing from you.

RAAM 2010 – The Ataxians

11 05 2010

Tikit Hyperfold in a Recumbent?

2 05 2010

Hard to believe you can almost have the same crazy fast fold shown above with a Bike Friday Tikit in a lowracer recumbent….seeing is believing though…wow…=-)

…found via BROL and the Recumbent Blog