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    Recumbent virgin

    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)
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    horizontally adapted bentrox!'s Avatar
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    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:

    http://www.challengebikes.com/NewCha...kes/models.htm

    I don't know of a recumbent shop in Scotland, however, Bikefix has a good website and is UK-based:

    http://www.bikefix.co.uk/bikefix.html

    Another UK-based outfit sells Optima (Dutch) and HPVelotechnik (German) at:

    http://www.kinetics.org.uk/html/gallery.html

    Good Luck!

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    Eddie,

    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.

    John
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    1964 Flying Scot Continental (531)
    1995 Cinelli Supercorsa (Columbus SLX)
    1980s Holdsworth Mistral fixed (531)
    2005 Dahon Speed 6 (folder)
    (YES I LIKE STEEL)
    2008 Viking Saratoga tandem
    2008 Micmo Sirocco Hybrid (aluminium!)
    2012 BTwin Rockrider 8.1

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    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.

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    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.
    plus je vois les hommes, plus j'admire les chiens

    1985 Sandy Gilchrist-Colin Laing built 531c Audax/fast tourer.
    1964 Flying Scot Continental (531)
    1995 Cinelli Supercorsa (Columbus SLX)
    1980s Holdsworth Mistral fixed (531)
    2005 Dahon Speed 6 (folder)
    (YES I LIKE STEEL)
    2008 Viking Saratoga tandem
    2008 Micmo Sirocco Hybrid (aluminium!)
    2012 BTwin Rockrider 8.1

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