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Recumbent speed...

...with the rather nifty looking Windcheetah trike.




Nice to see innovation in bike design. Even if the design in question is actually 21 years old...

One for lproven and camies.

If only I had £3K + VAT to spare...

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quercus
Feb. 19th, 2005 06:37 am (UTC)
I commute in a veritable jam of windcheetahs. They're all over Bristol.
camies
Feb. 19th, 2005 10:21 am (UTC)
I very much like Windcheetahs. Spent some time poling about Norfolk lanes on one a couple of years ago, back when Bikefix were still doing test weekends. With that lowslung seat and the joystick you can do all the fanboy 'road missile incoming!' bit.
Not sure I'd want to ride one in town though ... a bit too low. And, as you say, £3k, though less expensive recumbent trikes do exist.
natf
Feb. 19th, 2005 02:17 pm (UTC)
less expensive recumbent trikes do exist

Ooh! Please do tell!
quercus
Feb. 19th, 2005 02:57 pm (UTC)
Recumbent trikes are all a bit pricy. But if you just want the low wind resistance of a recumbent, look at the two wheelers - most of those are a lot cheaper. They're eaasier to fit through gates, stiles and cycle path chicanes too. Not quite as low and fast as a trike, but still better than an upright.

Unless you climb hills. I've still not ridden a recumbent you could climb on.
natf
Feb. 20th, 2005 01:03 am (UTC)
I need a trike - I have M.S. and can no longer balance on two wheels...
lproven
Feb. 22nd, 2005 08:14 am (UTC)
Hill climbing? Bollocks. Just a matter of willpower. I've done Ditchling Beacon the hard way about 3-4 times on my Linear, and that's a big, heavy LWB 'bent, for a 2-wheeler.
camies
Feb. 19th, 2005 03:22 pm (UTC)
The Stein Road Shark, for example; about £1400 though ISTR it used to be a lot less than that. Or the ICE-Q (yes, there is also one amusingly (?) called the ICE-T). I didn't say they were cheap, just less money than the Windcheetah, and as Quercus says, some two-wheelers cost less still. Unfortunately the exemplary BikeE - a recumbent for £500 upwards - is no longer in production.
natf
Feb. 19th, 2005 02:15 pm (UTC)
If only I had £3K + VAT to spare...

Oh yes. I could exercise in the fresh air without falling off a bike (MonSter). I miss cycling...
sethop
Feb. 19th, 2005 05:45 pm (UTC)
A friend of mine is very into recumbents - builds em, travels everywhere on em, goes shopping with them, moves house with them (this apparently requires a fairly sizable bike trailer and some good gearing ratios)

He also takes a lot of photos of them, which can be seen here:

http://www.mozbike.com/
snowking
Feb. 20th, 2005 04:19 am (UTC)
The Bat-Cycle!
lproven
Feb. 22nd, 2005 08:12 am (UTC)
:¬)

But see my comment to bloodnok here.
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