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The a bit different bike - recumbent

Ergonomic vehicle in the non-virtual world (thus in First Life ;-). Not that it moves by its own, but even a cyclist without athletic ambitions notices the difference. For instance if one reaches an average speed of just above 20 km/h (12.5 mph) with the (race) MTB one will achieve close up to 25 km/h (15.5 mph). Provided that it is an adequate course, thus neither extreme off-road nor exclusively on tear by head wind.
Cycling on a recumbent stresses the legs, however, anyhow it goes easier. While one really feels a MTB tour of 100 km (about 62 miles), with the recumbent some additional ten miles are easily possible.
The faster one can cycle the more advantage lies on the side of the recumbent. A recumbent without fairing is somehow comparable with a racing bicycle. A completely streamlined recumbent is not to beat - almost any speed record is held by recumbents. But they have their weight and their price.


The advantages


The disadvantages




First experience: Quantum by Arved Klütz


Easy to handle - the full suspension Quantum of those times was really good-natured. In spite of the rather simple construction with a rubber buffer the rear suspension is very effective. Built with Al square tubes (unusual optics!) the Quantum is comparatively light but yet stable.
After two test rides in March 1997, in all 90 km (approx. 56 miles) on the road and gravel, I was sure: I need a recumbent even though I tipped over three or four times.

The present models look great, refer to the link on the left.


He is just sleeping during cycling: Radius Hornet Full Suspension

Radius Hornet

Especially on pavement riding the Hornet is more comfortable than a MTB and concerning cross-country capability it is in competition with a folding bike - so sufficient enough for gravel paths in the forest or if need be for field paths.
With approx. 17.5 kg (approx. 35 pounds) rather heavy (CrMo frame), but thanks to the in-ride lockable rear suspension (really recommended) slops up to 15% are to be mastered with bearable effort.
The deep located indirect steering gear is very agreeable - (nearly) always one gets one's feet on the ground just right in time. Besides it is a good protection against risk of injury when upsetting. Result: A great bike with a lot of intelligent detail solutions which is worth its high price.
Since April 1997 the hunter in the speed limit area »Zone 30«. And concerning distance, almost one time around the world.


Cycles with wolves: Tundra FS

Tundra FS 2007

Else often I'm on tour otherwise, when it is stormy weather or in snowy winters and for raging - live richly... However I've chosen the Magura HS 33 hydraulic brakes again. And meanwhile it's switched to a new frame of 2007.
Advantageous are the wiring exclusively at the upper tube, the damper position out of the splash region and, of course, the low weight Al frame.
The switch from Grip-Shift towards Rapidfire levers takes a bit of time. But the gear change works very fast and precisely. Besides the grip space and possibilities are slightly reduced. Therefore additional bar ends are recommended.
Really a very impressive vehicle, even hill-up. On tour since May 2003.


Just a matter of setup

Exact saddle height of the MTB - I have to look up it, too, e.g. according to Handbuch Radsport, BLV, 1994, p. 44:

saddle height = standover × 0.893


measured between top level of saddle and middle of bottom bracket.
And if no pocket rule is available at the moment? Adjust by just putting your heel on the pedal with unbend leg. Then your leg is not completely unbend when the ball of your foot hits the pedal.
You can calculate the frame height of a racer out of the standover by a factor 0.65 and of a MTB by a factor 0.61.


Last but not least

Tips for cycle around the Noris (Nuremberg):


Some selected bike tours (suitable for recumbent) in the Nuremberg region:


Enjoy these couple of links for some a bit different vehicles:




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