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Old 09-23-08, 08:54 AM   #1
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HP Velotechnic Speedmachine experience?

Anyone have one of these? Or have tried one? Other than a bit heavy, does it have any design flaws or compromises? Or anything I should look out for in buying a used unit?
I am intending to use it for wkend rides in an area w/ hills.
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Old 09-23-08, 03:41 PM   #2
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You buying the machine that was down in Huntsville, AL.? Looked like a great deal to me. Almost bid on it myself before it went to Ebay. Did appear to be a little chunky in the weight department. I think those are real sturdy, heavy duty bikes though.
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Old 09-23-08, 05:01 PM   #3
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You buying the machine that was down in Huntsville, AL.? Looked like a great deal to me. Almost bid on it myself before it went to Ebay. Did appear to be a little chunky in the weight department. I think those are real sturdy, heavy duty bikes though.
Thanks for the response. I bid on the Alabama one, but lost. I found another on the west coast.
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Old 09-24-08, 05:54 AM   #4
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Speedmachine was my first recumbent in 2002. It's a touring bike in my opinion. It is extremely comfortable and beautifully made. It was not fast, but the ride is smooth and luxurious. Not a mountain goat.
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Speedmachine was my first recumbent in 2002. It's a touring bike in my opinion. It is extremely comfortable and beautifully made. It was not fast, but the ride is smooth and luxurious. Not a mountain goat.
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Thanks for the response. What did you replace the Speedmachine w/? And what design differences could make a bent be better at mountain riding?
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Speedmachine sold and got a high racer. Better climber than the Speedmachine due to lower weight, and no suspension. In my opinion, the best design for fast day rides in varied terrain is a high racer (Bacchetta, Volae, RANS F5), provided you like a high bottom bracket. If not, low bottom bracket/long wheelbase bikes like RANS V3, or Easy Racers Tour Easy/Gold Rush can be good climbers. Between those two an option is a Lightning P-38.
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There is a speedmachine listed on the Seattle Craigslist.
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There is a speedmachine listed on the Seattle Craigslist.
Yes, I know. I am going to try one as well as Giro 20TT next week.
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Here is my Speedmachine.
http://www.evalbum.com/1262
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Very nice. What kind of riding do you do on it?
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Mostly upright!
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I got a Giro 20TT on Mon. Have only done one short ride and it is very nice.
Maybe today a longer one, but for sure on Sat.
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Brad.... Your ride is amaizing!!! I sent you an email. I have questions for you Sir...

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Here is my Speedmachine.
http://www.evalbum.com/1262
You need to bring that to Portland:
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Here is my Speedmachine.
http://www.evalbum.com/1262
That is a nice bike. I put a Rohloff on my Raptobike though it doesn't have a motor.

Here are the build plans on my Raptobike
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I don't have a tailbox at this time but I want one ...
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