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Forum: Touring
11-15-04, 09:09 PM
Replies: 4,354
Views: 2,026,719
Posted By bentrider

My loaded Challenge Distance prior to a 1000km...

My loaded Challenge Distance prior to a 1000km ride through Virginia including the Skyline trail. Also used same bike for Gaspe Bay, Denmark/Sweden, etc.....
Don
Forum: Recumbent
11-15-04, 08:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,424
Posted By bentrider

I have 2 recumbents that I've used to tour with...

I have 2 recumbents that I've used to tour with since 1994. The old Haluzak was OK for short 1 week tours, couldn't haul much gear as it very unstable at speed. My other bent , Challenge Distance was...
Forum: Recumbent
11-15-04, 08:36 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,207
Posted By bentrider

There are stands that I have seen very alot of in...

There are stands that I have seen very alot of in Europe that people use for all their bikes , recumbents included. These lift the rear wheel completly off the ground, sort of like old motor cycle...
Forum: Recumbent
11-15-04, 08:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,057
Posted By bentrider

About 5 years ago my Haluzak seat broke also,...

About 5 years ago my Haluzak seat broke also, very close to a weld. It happened when I got off the bike and allowed a woman to ride the bike and it promptly cracked in half when she sat on it, she...
Forum: Recumbent
04-06-04, 07:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,579
Posted By bentrider

I use a yellow triangle on both my bents, plus a...

I use a yellow triangle on both my bents, plus a flag, plus lights front and back and I still screamed at by drivers that they can't see me on the road? And also yell at me to get off the road....
02-22-04, 07:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 623
Posted By bentrider

SRAM Dual Drive

I was thinking of converting my current SRAM 3x7 hub to a SRAM Dual Drive 3x9. The local bike shops don't think this is possible as it requires spreading the rear stays out by as much as 2.54 cm to...
Forum: Recumbent
01-25-04, 12:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,319
Posted By bentrider

first Recumbent

If at all possible find a local bike club that may have other recumbent riders within their organization. Ask to try riding their "bents" as one can get a good appreciation of different models and...
Forum: Recumbent
01-25-04, 11:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,935
Posted By bentrider

hills on Bents

Yes climbing hills on a recumbent is very difficult, at least the ones I've done. I've cycled hills in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Newfoundland, Virginia on loaded recumbents. The hills I encountered were...
Forum: Recumbent
01-18-04, 10:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,734
Posted By bentrider

Trainers and recumbents

This may make you a bit envious but I came across a Minuro Cycle Trainer in a dumpster in Toronto while on a trip and I backed in my big Bob Trailer Bag on the way back home and it works perfectly...
Forum: Recumbent
01-18-04, 10:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,696
Posted By bentrider

FWD SWB Articulated Frame Flevo bike

I have a friend who recently built his SWB, FWD and it has an articulated frame. The design is based on a flevobike racer that we saw when touring Holland in 2000. It has two small wheels (20" I...
Forum: Recumbent
09-25-03, 01:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 9,328
Posted By bentrider

On an unloaded bike ride I figure I average on...

On an unloaded bike ride I figure I average on local roads here a speed of 22km/hr (13.6mi/hr). Our roads here have mostly little or no shoulder and alot of potholes. I ride either a Haluzak Horizon...
Forum: Recumbent
08-11-03, 06:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 774
Posted By bentrider

Hello; Last year I rode the Skyline Trail plus...

Hello;
Last year I rode the Skyline Trail plus a small portion of the Blue Ridge also with four other fellow club riders from Nova Scotia.

I rode it with a loaded (30kg) Challenge Distance using...
Forum: Recumbent
06-12-03, 02:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,886
Posted By bentrider

ZZip Chopper Fairing on a SWB Bent

I finally decided to go hog out and purchase a ZZip chopper fairing to be used on either of my 2 SWB bents. I figured that the chopper version has shown to work on Haluzak's which I have (1994...
Forum: Recumbent
03-27-03, 03:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 770
Posted By bentrider

I have a generic cycle computer that I bought for...

I have a generic cycle computer that I bought for about $40 Canadian at a Canadian Tire store. It provides trip distance, total odometer, average speed (in metric and non-metric), time and has...
Forum: Recumbent
03-27-03, 02:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,067
Posted By bentrider

The first recumbent I saw was at an...

The first recumbent I saw was at an airshow....eh?

It was an American pilot of one those large miltary cargo planes that had his Ryan Vanguard stored inside and he wheeled the little beauty off...
Forum: Touring
03-18-03, 10:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,185
Posted By bentrider

I did the C&O trail with another 4 cyclists last...

I did the C&O trail with another 4 cyclists last year in August and it was very easy to do. Three of us had touring bikes, one had a mountain bike and I had a recumbent. I do believe though it could...
Forum: Recumbent
03-07-03, 03:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,038
Posted By bentrider

Check out this new JVC back pack boom box; JVC...

Check out this new JVC back pack boom box; JVC RSWP1 Back Pack Radio at ONLY $191 (cough.... sputter, gag!). You could attach it to the back of the seat maybe.
Forum: Recumbent
03-07-03, 03:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,259
Posted By bentrider

There are several European recumbents popular in...

There are several European recumbents popular in North America; Optima, Challenge, HP Velotechnik, M5 ...etc

I would also look at those recumbents with larger wheels both front and back 26"x26",...
Forum: Recumbent
03-07-03, 02:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 935
Posted By bentrider

In reference to a class of bike "Rhino" there are...

In reference to a class of bike "Rhino" there are quadcycles (4 wheels) some have 26" mountain bike tires, disk brakes all 4 wheels.
Forum: Touring
03-07-03, 02:29 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,859
Posted By bentrider

Unfortunately one can not ride the "link" as we...

Unfortunately one can not ride the "link" as we call it by bicycle. They offer a multi-passenger van with bike trailer to haul pedestrians and cyclists back and forth. You wouldn't be able to see...
03-04-03, 02:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 416
Posted By bentrider

Yo Patrick; There is a company called "Crate...

Yo Patrick;
There is a company called "Crate Works" that make a strong chloroplast case of different sizes for different bikes. They also sell them with little wheelies for lugging the thing around...
Forum: Touring
02-26-03, 03:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,516
Posted By bentrider

http://www.americruiser.com/AsSeenOnTV.htm ...

http://www.americruiser.com/AsSeenOnTV.htm

How to take a dog for a ride!
Forum: Touring
02-26-03, 03:02 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,859
Posted By bentrider

Howdy; In August/03 our cycling club has a tour...

Howdy;
In August/03 our cycling club has a tour from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Prince Edward Island, thence to Magadalen Islands for a few days, back to PEI and across it to the "fixed link" over to...
Forum: Touring
02-26-03, 02:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 332
Posted By bentrider

hello; Before 911, I found that some airports...

hello;
Before 911, I found that some airports had what was called "left luggage" areas. In these places you could stash articles up to 30 days for a small fee (bike boxes about $20.00 Canadian for 3...
Forum: Touring
02-26-03, 02:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 692
Posted By bentrider

Hello; I did Holland / Belgium in 2000 and it...

Hello;
I did Holland / Belgium in 2000 and it was like cycling heaven to me, it was AWESOME. Some of the cycling pathways were as wide as the highways here. We started in Harlem and rode around for...
Forum: Touring
02-17-03, 11:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,425
Posted By bentrider

I have two side bags rated at 72 liter total, a...

I have two side bags rated at 72 liter total, a rear rack rated at 40 liter, and a rear BOB trailer bag rated at 150 liter. I carry way too much stuff when I tour, but I always seem to use every...
Forum: Touring
02-12-03, 04:07 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 311
Posted By bentrider

Bike Ride Through Africa

Here is an interesting site of a group of cyclists cycling from Cairo,Egypt to CapeTown,South Africa. They started in January 2003 and are planning on finishing by April 2003.

They are being...
Forum: Recumbent
02-12-03, 03:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 842
Posted By bentrider

In answer to your question on shipping a bike in...

In answer to your question on shipping a bike in a box;

It cost me approximately $80.00 to ship it by the air carrier I was using at that time (Canada 3000, now defunct) and the same on the way...
Forum: Recumbent
02-10-03, 01:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 842
Posted By bentrider

Hello and welcome to B.F.; I've ridden a bent...

Hello and welcome to B.F.;
I've ridden a bent since 1994 and now own two (Haluzak Horizon and Challenge Distance). I primarily do touring with them having gone to Holland, Belgium, Gaspe Bay-Quebec...
Forum: Recumbent
11-19-02, 05:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,028
Posted By bentrider

The underseat steering shifter I've found...

The underseat steering shifter I've found personally good were the Bar Con style . They suited me very well and always seemed bang on in their gear shifts. One problem though to consider is the gear...
10-21-02, 02:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 12,810
Posted By bentrider

When I set out to do my first century my first...

When I set out to do my first century my first goal was to finish it with most of my body parts still working. After that I kind of set a personal goal to ride my century in around 8-9 hours total...
10-21-02, 02:22 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 14,346
Posted By bentrider

On my loaded bike (40kg) I did reach speeds of...

On my loaded bike (40kg) I did reach speeds of 86km/hr which come to think of it it was pretty stunned of me. I had to slow down as I was going faster than the cars were.

On a flat with the wind...
10-21-02, 02:13 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,972
Posted By bentrider

When I don't go on a bike tour I find I can drink...

When I don't go on a bike tour I find I can drink as much a 5 cups of coffee a day at work and about 4 on the weekend. However when I cycle I find I can't cycle very well with the stuff as it acts...
Forum: Touring
10-21-02, 02:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 510
Posted By bentrider

F.Y.I. a web site that offers sag supported...

F.Y.I. a web site that offers sag supported tours of PEI;
http://www.atlanticcanadacycling.com/pei/

Gary Conrod is the operator and he offers a reasonable tour for the money.
Forum: Touring
10-21-02, 01:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 510
Posted By bentrider

I'm with Halifax, Nova Scotia Velo Bicycle Club...

I'm with Halifax, Nova Scotia Velo Bicycle Club and I've cycled PEI a number of times. Yes there are some hills in PEI but not that many and not really big ones. The summers can be very warm on...
Forum: Recumbent
10-16-02, 02:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 880
Posted By bentrider

I have one bent that has a small 20" front and a...

I have one bent that has a small 20" front and a 26" rear (low weight at less than 30lb). At high speed I find this bike is somewhat wobbly and requires full attention to steer. The bike also does...
Forum: Recumbent
10-08-02, 01:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,671
Posted By bentrider

While riding in Newfoundland I had a couple...

While riding in Newfoundland I had a couple worthy comments worth repeating;

"Surprising what you see on the road when you don't have a gun!"

A woman berating her dog that had given chase to...
10-04-02, 01:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,069
Posted By bentrider

I've seen many in Europe and there is an adapter...

I've seen many in Europe and there is an adapter kit to change one into a recumbent style. It's neat to see people approach train a station in Europe, hop off the moulton and than pick it up by a...
Forum: Touring
08-23-02, 02:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 868
Posted By bentrider

I use a set of foldable-slicks by Vredestein for...

I use a set of foldable-slicks by Vredestein for my recumbent. They are 26" x 1.3" and I understand they use them on their racing bents in Holland. They can only be pumped up to 70lb but it suits me...
Forum: Touring
08-23-02, 02:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 592
Posted By bentrider

For what it's worth in 2000 I did a tour starting...

For what it's worth in 2000 I did a tour starting from Amsterdam , through Holland, down to Mastricht, caught a train (check into 5 day train passes) to Brussels where I spent 2 days than unto west...
Forum: Recumbent
08-23-02, 01:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,142
Posted By bentrider

I have toured with my bents in a number of...

I have toured with my bents in a number of locations where there are steep hills and carrying a very heavy load (40-45kg) and the one thing I eventually found the most useful for those ardous climbs...
Forum: Recumbent
06-26-02, 01:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,556
Posted By bentrider

I have found in starting a USS (under seat...

I have found in starting a USS (under seat steering) SWB on a hill was somewhat a bit more difficult than a ASS SWB. I have the bike in the lowest or near lowest gear to start with and apply a steady...
Forum: Recumbent
05-30-02, 11:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 880
Posted By bentrider

We do have one woman in our club that rides a...

We do have one woman in our club that rides a faired greenspeed trike ($10,000), has internal front crank gear you change by clicking a button with the heel. So small only she can fit into it.
...
Forum: Recumbent
05-30-02, 11:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 627
Posted By bentrider

I currently have two SWB recumbents; A Haluzak...

I currently have two SWB recumbents; A Haluzak Horizon above seat steering (ASS) (was below seat last year) and a Challenge Distance ASS.

I have ridden LWB and I felt them a little twitchy in...
Forum: Touring
03-06-02, 04:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 715
Posted By bentrider

The problem of storing a good bike box is one...

The problem of storing a good bike box is one that confronts all world touring cyclists.

I would first check to see if the airport you arrive in has a place for "left luggage". This is a place...
Forum: Recumbent
02-04-02, 10:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,261
Posted By bentrider

I'm convienced or it may be an illusion that the...

I'm convienced or it may be an illusion that the larger the rear drive wheel the speeder you could be. I also think if the front wheel is also larger 24" or 26" you well also find this somewhat more...
Forum: Recumbent
02-04-02, 10:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,007
Posted By bentrider

I see that speed seems the prioity factor in your...

I see that speed seems the prioity factor in your "bent" choice.

For speed and size of wheel (700c)the "Tour Easy" (LWB) is a choice to consider that satisfys at least two of your criterion,...
Forum: Recumbent
10-11-01, 01:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,126
Posted By bentrider

There is an excellent bike shop in Droten,...

There is an excellent bike shop in Droten, Holland in Flevoland approximately 1/2hour by train from Amsterdam. They have alot of different bents (Challenge, Flevobike, Optima) and you test ride them...
Forum: Recumbent
10-11-01, 01:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,585
Posted By bentrider

I have two bents, one I purchased in California...

I have two bents, one I purchased in California (Haluzak, Horizon)the other in Holland (Challenge, Distance). I have toured with the Haluzak in Holland, lots of fun.

I would recommend looking into...
Forum: Commuting
10-02-01, 05:16 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 10,228
Posted By bentrider

I have two recumbents to choose from when...

I have two recumbents to choose from when commuting to work, a distance of approximately 80km round trip, usually goes to 100km as I take my time going home. Needless to say I don't do this all that...
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