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Old 07-29-13, 06:23 PM   #1
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This is interesting.

1932 Mochet Velocar Modele Sport Recumbent Prototype
http://thecabe.com/vbulletin/showthr...bent-Prototype
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Old 07-29-13, 06:31 PM   #2
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Pretty cool, had no idea they made bents that long ago.
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Old 07-30-13, 07:55 PM   #3
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It is indeed. Thanks for sharing.

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Old 07-31-13, 06:56 AM   #4
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Of course they made them that long ago. The racing version of the Velocar is THE reason why recumbents were banned by the UCI in 1934. Anyone interested in the history of recumbents should read, "Winning Forbidden."
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Old 07-31-13, 07:07 AM   #5
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Yes the UCI was bought off by the French bike manufactures back in '34. The English and a few others wanted to accept bents but the French didnt.

The stiff necked fools in the UCI still keep up that farce that bents are not "real" bikes. They claim that it is the racer not the bike that should determine who wins a race. However is all racers could chose the bike they want to ride, the race would still be fair. They could simply ride a bent on more or less flat areas, and ride a DF in the mountains.
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Yes the UCI was bought off by the French bike manufactures back in '34. The English and a few others wanted to accept bents but the French didnt.

The stiff necked fools in the UCI still keep up that farce that bents are not "real" bikes. They claim that it is the racer not the bike that should determine who wins a race. However is all racers could chose the bike they want to ride, the race would still be fair. They could simply ride a bent on more or less flat areas, and ride a DF in the mountains.
Same BS going on today. E.G. the 2013 RAAM. The winner is whoever crosses the finish line first.
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Old 07-31-13, 10:03 AM   #7
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Interesting chain management, I liked the fat tires, drum brakes I think I could see. Looks like Gardner Martin may have fashioned the Tour Easy partially from this very early long wheel base recumbent. It looks very comfortable and heavy.
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