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Old 01-28-14, 10:35 PM   #1
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Found This On A Public Auction Website

Hi all,

I know absolutely nothing about recumbent bikes, and have never been on this part of the forum. But, I found this on a public surplus auction website. I thought it was pretty cool, and I have no idea if this is a common thing in the world of recumbent bikes.

Someone should buy it!

http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/auc...ew?auc=1055451

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Old 01-29-14, 06:44 AM   #2
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That is an interesting find.

Anybody in/near Salt Lake?
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Looks to be an engineering student project. It is not uncommon for engineering students to build such HPVs. I occasionally used to see the engineering students at UNLV riding a tandem recumbent in which the second rider faced backwards. It was different. Commercial Velomobiles cost $$$$ so it will be interesting to see the final price.
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What I think that is, is that ASME has competitions, where teams at different colleges will build HPV's and compete with them. Be aware that it is likely to be set up specifically for that event, and not for any other purpose. So if the competition is on flat land, it won't have gearing for hills. It likely isn't set up at all for rain, either. On the Battle Mountain HPV's, I think they have a very large turning radius, sort of like a rail dragster, intended for steering on a straight road, not for going around corners. And of course, no cargo room. May be built for one size rider. Rear visibility may be zero.
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What I think that is, is that ASME has competitions, where teams at different colleges will build HPV's and compete with them. Be aware that it is likely to be set up specifically for that event, and not for any other purpose. So if the competition is on flat land, it won't have gearing for hills. It likely isn't set up at all for rain, either. On the Battle Mountain HPV's, I think they have a very large turning radius, sort of like a rail dragster, intended for steering on a straight road, not for going around corners. And of course, no cargo room. May be built for one size rider. Rear visibility may be zero.
The ASME competitions are run on short courses with lots of turns, so it should be maneuverable. They're also required to switch among several riders during the competition so size adjustments are built in.

https://www.asme.org/events/competit...nge-%28hpvc%29

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Hi all,

I know absolutely nothing about recumbent bikes, and have never been on this part of the forum. But, I found this on a public surplus auction website. I thought it was pretty cool, and I have no idea if this is a common thing in the world of recumbent bikes.
Come down to the Human Power Challenge (in Portland over Memorial Day weekend) or the Recumbent Retreat (Fort Stevens on the coast in August) and we'll show you what's up in the world of recumbents. Don't be frightened- we don't bite.
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Looks to be an engineering student project. It is not uncommon for engineering students to build such HPVs. I occasionally used to see the engineering students at UNLV riding a tandem recumbent in which the second rider faced backwards. It was different. Commercial Velomobiles cost $$$$ so it will be interesting to see the final price.
i saw one design where the FRONT rider sat backwards and there were two sets of cranks on the spindle. the guy in back had underseat steering. very strange.
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