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    recumbent waterbiking

    hi everybody
    I own an oldish m5 28/20; a Dutch recumbent, also called a 'Streetlegal', still a pleasure to ride.
    But may favourite now is the Open Waterbike. Ever tried recumbent bicycling on water? Some of the feelings are the same, some are completely new. The position is more comfortable, since you can sit higher than the crank axis. Cranking feels slightly different, you need to get used to it, but smooth (no hills there..) and pleasant enough. Also, you can make different encounters, see picture...
    I started a new collective project to diffuse recumbent waterbiking in a new fashion, it's called 'The Open Waterbike Project. Just believed you could be interested...
    Giuseppe 'Beppe' Carignani
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beppe C. View Post
    hi everybody
    I own an oldish m5 28/20; a Dutch recumbent, also called a 'Streetlegal', still a pleasure to ride.
    But may favourite now is the Open Waterbike. Ever tried recumbent bicycling on water? Some of the feelings are the same, some are completely new. The position is more comfortable, since you can sit higher than the crank axis. Cranking feels slightly different, you need to get used to it, but smooth (no hills there..) and pleasant enough. Also, you can make different encounters, see picture...
    I started a new collective project to diffuse recumbent waterbiking in a new fashion, it's called 'The Open Waterbike Project. Just believed you could be interested...
    Giuseppe 'Beppe' Carignani
    Founder, the Open Waterbike Project
    They've got some pedal boats in the local parks around here. You sit with feet and legs forward while pedaling. They move really slowly, but it's a nice day in the park. I never though of it as recumbent waterbiking...until now.
    When I ride, the troubles just roll off my back.

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    Open Waterbike Founder
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    waterbike's speed

    Well waterbikes ARE fast, and you feel the speed.
    Thought, on water it's different. Waterbikes come in two different types; fastest ones are hydrofoils, don't miss the video here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2UOH65QOI4

    Long distance waterbikes, by contrast, are not so fast, but designed for sustainable speed, lasting several hours. Speed at 150 W is 6 to 7 knots, that is 10 to 12 Kph or (I believe) 7 to 8 Mph. The ratio swimming/waterbiking is more or less the same as running/biking: it's the most efficient way to move oon water under human power.
    A couple of videos (not so impressive, but showing a more relaxed approach) cne be found here:

    http://www.openwaterbike.com/our-boat

    The concept is exactly the same as for recreational recumbent biking: fitness, tourism, even commuting.

    Greetings from old Europe...
    Beppe

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    Todo:

    1) Move far enough south for 12 month weather wimp cycling
    2) Visit http://www.openwaterbike.com/ and then perhaps http://www.openwatercycling.com/
    Last edited by gcottay; 09-08-08 at 03:39 PM. Reason: Beppe C.'s informative post
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    Open Waterbike Founder
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    open not open

    Quote Originally Posted by gcottay View Post
    Todo:

    1) Move far enough south for 12 month weather wimp cycling
    2) Visit http://www.openwatercycling.com/
    openwaterbikecycling is the website of a commercial product called the 'cadence', that is a pedal-powered canoe.
    The Open Waterbike Project ( http://www.openwaterbike.com/ ) is a project aimed at collective innovation and diffusion of waterbiking, 'open source' style.
    Open is not always open...
    Beppe

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