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    Moulton bike at Battle Mountain World HPV Speed Challenge

    If you haven't heard of it before, there is an annual competition at Battle Mountain, Nevada for speed records on human powered vehicles. It's going on right now. A friend of mine is entered there on a tandem and just (unofficially, pending decision on wind) set a world record for tandems at 70mph!

    I also saw a picture of a Moulton there! Someone named Jim Glover on a faired Moulton. He went 40mph yesterday. Does anyone have more information about the rider or the bike?


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    A guy was seen on a maroon Moulton converted to a recumbent flying along AT 99MPH!

    Does anyone know who that might be?


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    Some guy and his team competed in the race across america
    starting from the SF Presidio in the 80's

    IHPVA has a website , if he won the category You can find it there.

    anyone best Whittingham's speed from a couple years ago?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mulleady View Post
    A guy was seen on a maroon Moulton converted to a recumbent flying along AT 99MPH!

    Does anyone know who that might be?

    Gotta be someone with big calves!

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    Another picture of the bike at Battle Mountain:


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    Quote Originally Posted by SesameCrunch View Post
    Another picture of the bike at Battle Mountain:


    Here's MORE INFO

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    Holy smokes! look at the size of that chain ring.

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    Super! Thanks Bruce!

    I loved this line from the writeup - "The transmission consists of 86 and 82 tooth chainwheels, driving a close-ratio 9, 10, 11, 12 tooth block, thus giving a gear range of 116 - 162".

    162" gear inches - just right for the quick trip to the supermarket....

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    In a parallel thread on the Moulton Yahoo Group, here is what Doug Milliken had to say today..

    "Jim Glover and Will Kennedy are both at Battle Mountain, supported by my friend
    (and Will's father), Dave Kennedy. They are both riding "Aero" fairings, which
    are part fabric and part rigid.
    * Jim has one of my Aero IV fairings on my heavily modified AM7. This
    combination won a lot of hpv races (in its day) including a 24 hour race with
    Gerry Tatrai.
    * Will has a similar fairing but assembled by the Kennedys, uses the same belly
    pan parts made with the 'Liner molds.
    Family business kept me home.

    At least one of the pics linked below has an incorrect caption, it confuses the
    Aero with the 'Liner. 'Liner II (of three total) is the one that holds the
    normal riding position speed record, set at sea level in 1986. It is at the
    museum at BoA."

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    Quote Originally Posted by SesameCrunch View Post
    Super! Thanks Bruce!

    I loved this line from the writeup - "The transmission consists of 86 and 82 tooth chainwheels, driving a close-ratio 9, 10, 11, 12 tooth block, thus giving a gear range of 116 - 162".

    162" gear inches - just right for the quick trip to the supermarket....
    Just needs to hire me to flex my calves lol!

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    still looks like a lot of frontal area..

    but I guess anything better will be a different category.

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    Surely looks ugly but thats blazing fast
    Current: 2012 Tern Link D8 w/Brooks B17

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    Quote Originally Posted by mulleady View Post
    A guy was seen on a maroon Moulton converted to a recumbent flying along AT 99MPH!
    Anyone got any more information about this? Seems a bit of a stretch. And how would one convert a Moulton to a recumbent, I'd be very interested in this...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawrencehare View Post
    Anyone got any more information about this? Seems a bit of a stretch. And how would one convert a Moulton to a recumbent, I'd be very interested in this...
    That comment was an inside joke... Mullie sold SCrunch a maroon TSR-30 a few years back.. SCrunch went to England and picked it up personally .. SCrunch now rides recumbents frequently ... great stories buried somewhere in these archives..

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceMetras View Post
    That comment was an inside joke... Mullie sold SCrunch a maroon TSR-30 a few years back.. SCrunch went to England and picked it up personally .. SCrunch now rides recumbents frequently ... great stories buried somewhere in these archives..
    I refer to Mulleady as Frankencalves as a result of him snapping a chain when we sprinted from a traffic light. Geeez...

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    Back on topic - my friend just cracked 72 mph on his tandem recumbent. Another world record.

    World record for a single rider HPV is 83mph set in 2009.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SesameCrunch View Post
    Back on topic - my friend just cracked 72 mph on his tandem recumbent. Another world record.

    World record for a single rider HPV is 83mph set in 2009.
    Amazing level of speed

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    Quote Originally Posted by SesameCrunch View Post
    Back on topic - my friend just cracked 72 mph on his tandem recumbent. Another world record.

    World record for a single rider HPV is 83mph set in 2009.
    Was that Tom & Phil on 'Glow Worm'?

    http://www.recumbents.com/wisil/whpsc2012/results.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by mulleady View Post
    Was that Tom & Phil on 'Glow Worm'?

    http://www.recumbents.com/wisil/whpsc2012/results.htm
    Yes, Phil is my neighbor and friend. I wish he were my riding partner, but he's too fast for me to keep up. There is a century that we like to ride from our house to Santa Cruz and back. It's just under 100 miles and 5,000 ft of climbing. My best time is 5:38, Phil's best is 4:13. That's just a hair under 25 mph for 100 miles with over 5,000 ft of climbing!!! It's not fair.

    By the way, if you come visit me in California, you and he will have to compare calf muscles. I think yours is bigger...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SesameCrunch View Post
    Yes, Phil is my neighbor and friend. I wish he were my riding partner, but he's too fast for me to keep up. There is a century that we like to ride from our house to Santa Cruz and back. It's just under 100 miles and 5,000 ft of climbing. My best time is 5:38, Phil's best is 4:13. That's just a hair under 25 mph for 100 miles with over 5,000 ft of climbing!!! It's not fair.

    By the way, if you come visit me in California, you and he will have to compare calf muscles. I think yours is bigger...
    I have got fitter but I have a long way to go to match that kind of cadence I'm sure! I did the fastest time in Reading Oracle shopping centre on a virtual cycle challenge 60 second sprint. That included included all the young personal trainers from the local fitness centre as well as members of the public for a whole week! 100 miles and 500 feet I'd need a lot more practice to see where I'd stand lol! Even 5:38 seems a darned good achievement to me! I have yet to cycle a full century!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceMetras View Post
    Here's MORE INFO
    Same bike, same rider, whats 25 years when we have red bull now?

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    Next time on Thunder Mountain a carbon recumbent called Sesame will take the challenge! Time for Alan to go into training lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SesameCrunch View Post
    Yes, Phil is my neighbor and friend. I wish he were my riding partner, but he's too fast for me to keep up. There is a century that we like to ride from our house to Santa Cruz and back. It's just under 100 miles and 5,000 ft of climbing. My best time is 5:38, Phil's best is 4:13. That's just a hair under 25 mph for 100 miles with over 5,000 ft of climbing!!! It's not fair.
    Congrats to your buddy, SC! And in case anybody still thinks they "only" cracked 72, it looks like they ended up with a hair over 73 by the end of the event

    Hey, I have to break into this thread to say that I attended this year as a spectator and it was a total blast- anybody who gets a chance really ought to go check it out. Since my friend and I were going to be there for a few days, we made it known that we were available to help in any way posible and were promptly drafted into the unofficial volunteer corps. in addition to the boring aspects (traffic control, setting up and taking down signs) they let us in for some of the more exciting stuff too- got to catch for a lot of runs (including the Glowworm), helped out in a few launches, and due to a fortunate communications eror, I even ended up as the radio guy in a chase car for one run- wild stuff! To volunteer (they`re very grateful if you do), just go to any of the post-sesion meetings, which are open to the public. They do a quick discusion of what went wrong and what went right, then read out all the official times for that session, then schedule volunteers for all the needed positions at the next sesion.

    All the riders and crews are EXTREMELY open about thier bikes and their methods, very willing to show off their amazing gear and explain how it works to spectators or even to their own competition. Hell, they even help each other with repairs and other problem solving.

    Short vid of a Glowworm launch- one of the pushers is actually the designer and builder of two other bikes in the competition:
    https://plus.google.com/photos/10232...194?banner=pwa

    Lots more pics posted and linked to on the WISIL website:
    http://www.recumbents.com/wisil/whpsc2012/pictures.htm

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    Dutch team is going at it with their NL University engineering department behind it..

    No window to see where you are going, just to get the aerodynamics a little better.

    there is a couple cameras on top, and you drive by the monitor.

    Very Low racer.. recumbent.

    Like Lindbergh's airplane.. there are only a couple wee side windows.

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    It's too bad that Obree wasn't able to make it to Battle Mountain with his wild machine. Apparently he's gonna make a run of it somewhere in the UK soon:

    http://www.humansinvent.com/#!/8856/...great-britain/
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