Recumbent - Recumbent virgin
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Sounds quite attractive ( and I wish I knew of one :)) but I should explain that since seeing a recumbent on a ferry crossing the Amstel in Holland this year I've been kind of bitten by the bug.
It was a small wheel short wheelbase recumbent, with suspension, triple chainset and a joystick type steerer. i don't know what it was called but it had a yellow moulded (fibreglass) seat and did not look home made.
I tried to track down a recumbent shop in Amsterdam this week when i was there but with no luck
Anyone have a clue what it could have been? Where could I try a recumbent (in or near Scotland)
10-09-01, 12:37 PM
I've seen photos of the joystick SWB recumbent you describe. I think it may be a Challenge Twister (or Wizard) from Challenge Bikes, a Dutch company:
I don't know of a recumbent shop in Scotland, however, Bikefix has a good website and is UK-based:
Another UK-based outfit sells Optima (Dutch) and HPVelotechnik (German) at:
Thanks for the great info!
Kinetics are based in Glasgow, about 40 miles from here, and when I looked at the Dutch site, I think the bike I saw was a Challenge Taifun or Hurricane.
I'll certainly be looking into this further.;)
10-11-01, 02:44 PM
There is an excellent bike shop in Droten, Holland in Flevoland approximately 1/2hour by train from Amsterdam. They have alot of different bents (Challenge, Flevobike, Optima) and you test ride them over a number of days with a group of riders.
That is where I bought my Challenge Distance and I found Gerrit very helpful.
Next time I'm in Holland (probably early next year) I'll try to look them out.
I was in Flevoland earlier this year and was shocked at the effect Fot and Mouth had had.
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