New recumbent

Discussion in 'Photo Gallery' started by mcd, 8 Oct 2007.

  1. mcd

    mcd Well-Known Member

    It's taken a while, but my new recumbent has finally arrived:



    It's not super light - but at 7Kg lighter than 'the horse'* and with a stiff frame it's a very different ride. Not as harsh as I was expecting - even on 120 psi tubs! What you see is how it came out of the box - I've still to play around with the seat and stem angles, and the chain routing. The big question: is it any faster?

    (*my other recumbent - an HPV StreetMachine)
  2. andharwheel

    andharwheel Senior Member

    Frozen North
    Nice bike. A M5? It just looks fast!
  3. betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    Very nice: but what's the gearing? For a fast-looking low-racer, the chainrings don't look very big.
  4. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    jesus christ
  5. starseven

    starseven Guest

  6. cannondale boy

    cannondale boy Über Member

    somewhere in fife
    Don't see him...could you point him out for me :biggrin:
  7. col

    col Veteran

    Very sleek looking,how much did it cost?
  8. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    Carbon bent with Zipps......what ever next........

    Looks cool !
  9. starseven

    starseven Guest

    I'm certainly no expert on recumbents, but that's a very sleek looking bike!!
  10. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    South London
    Wow, that is a gorgeous bike, and it looks the dogs particulars! What made you choose a mid/high racer over a low racer?

    Big rear wheel means you don't need big chainrings. We have big chainrings on our Hurricanes because of the tiny 406 wheel, each turn of the 406 doesn't go as far as a rotation on a bigger wheel.
  11. OP

    mcd Well-Known Member

    Its good to know that a bike can go down well here even if it is a bit different (and in a photo with dodgy skirting board :biggrin:)

    Col - Cost? It's not for sale!:biggrin: With all the extras, about the same as a near top of the range Italian road bike - about what I got paid last year for working overtime & being on-call. Not the cheapest bike around, but it is very nice.

    BentMikey is correct about the chainrings - the wheels are 700c, so standard ratios can be used. A slightly larger chainring might be a good idea - but I'll wait until I've earned it by running out of gears with the current one!

    Low racers v's high racers: it is said that low racers have better aerodynamics but aren't as good on hills. Most of my riding is on hilly roads with traffic and with riders on normal bikes - being higher makes it easier to see / be seen, and is more sociable. The larger wheels on a high racer roll better over rougher road surfaces and there is a bigger choice in wheels & tyres/tubs ( including the disk my wife uses for time trialling - I might need to do a bit of her ironing through :biggrin: ).
  12. betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    I know about gearing. It's just that the wheels just didn't look 700c at least from my and that perspective.
    I want one.
  13. NickM

    NickM Veteran

    Found this thread at last... Gordon Bennett! Not to mention Phwoarrrr!!

    So... where will the camping gear go??

    And... tubs? You nutter! That's me pushed one place further down, then...

    PS don't forget you'll need a chainguard for Hillingdon 2...
  14. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    South London
    You mean I'm going to have to race against that? Crickey, that's given me the sh!ts!!!!!
  15. OP

    mcd Well-Known Member

    NickM - Chainguard? Yes I remembered that - I was attacking a not-so-high-tech bit of ply with router at the weekend.

    bentmikey - ohhh, but just imagine the satisfaction when you overtake me! Gone are the days when I could say "ah, but they were on a faster bike"
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