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Old 06-07-09, 07:34 PM   #1
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What style of recumbent is this?

I'm new to this forum, so if this is a common style of bent, please be kind.

Today I saw a recumbent, but instead of pedaling with his feet, he was "pedaling with his hands". That is, he was moving a bar like contraption up and down with his hands. The bike had pedals and crank, but he was not using them. It looked like a short wheelbase recumbent in all other respects.

What was that? I'm just curious. I was going to ask the rider, but he turned and went in another direction, before I could ask.
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Old 06-07-09, 07:39 PM   #2
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Could it have been a handcycle that had been converted from a recumbent?
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Could this be what you saw?

Its the Angletech Quadraped. You can read about it here, http://www.angletechcycles.com/bikes/trikes/index.htm scroll to the bottom of the page.
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Or maybe a rowbike LINK1 or a rowing bike LINK2. Wikipedia LINK3
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Could this be what you saw?

Its the Angletech Quadraped. You can read about it here, http://www.angletechcycles.com/bikes/trikes/index.htm scroll to the bottom of the page.
Nevermind the bottom of the page...........that 3 wheeler at the top is STUNNING.
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It wasn't a row bike.

It wasn't exactly a quadraped, since the quadraped looks to be like the hands and feet work together. His feet pedals were definitely not moving. If it is possible to ride the quadraped feet - hands independently, then that was it.

If I see him again, I'll definitely follow him this time and ask.
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Most likely you did see a rowbike but there are other versions for someone who does not have the use of their legs. Google on Varna, major maker of handcycles. I've only seen two in Las Vegas, one temporarily ridden by a regular recumbent cyclist who had broken his leg on a fall from his recumbent. His was a Varna. They are high end trikes - fast but expensive. The other was a lady from Canada who had come to town in the winter a year or two ago to escape the cold and to ride. She could manage a sustained 10 mph or so on a level stretch as we rode together for a few miles. She was a parapalegic. The more impressive group was several guys near the beach in San Diego. I wouldn't challenge them to a race as it was pretty obvious that they would win hands down (no pun intended).
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The Quadraped can be pedaled by just the feet or the hands separately.
I also found this on You Tube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKySxy1dVjU
The person who put the video put this link up also. www.skywheel.kr But its in Korean.

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I'm new to this forum, so if this is a common style of bent, please be kind.

Today I saw a recumbent, but instead of pedaling with his feet, he was "pedaling with his hands". That is, he was moving a bar like contraption up and down with his hands. The bike had pedals and crank, but he was not using them. It looked like a short wheelbase recumbent in all other respects.

What was that? I'm just curious. I was going to ask the rider, but he turned and went in another direction, before I could ask.
Two or three wheels?

If three wheels, that's a somewhat common "handcycle" like a Freedom Ryder: http://www.freedomryder.com/

I've seen pictures of a two-wheeled hand-powered cycle, but I can't find an Internet reference right now.
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It was a three wheeler, but it was not a skywheel.

The skywheel seems a lot smaller than the one I saw.

I wish that the websites that sell these things had videos of their bikes in operation.
I looked for a video of the quadraped, but could not find one.

The freedom ryder is also a lot smaller than the one I saw.
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