Opinions please...which SWB/USS?

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  1. Cjw

    Cjw Guest

    Middle-age male (6'1" / 210) seeks new recumbent. Average non-athlete type, will ride for enjoyment
    and excercise. Paved roads (not necessarily smooth). Mostly a weekend warrior.

    I have enjoyed test rides on both a Horizon and an R-40, and (years ago) have extensive time on a
    Vanguard. I'm convinced that this time around I want a fully suspended SWB/USS.

    My initial thoughts are an R-50 or a StreetMachine GT. I welcome all opinions on these bikes (pro or
    con), or any others that I should be considering.

    High-importance items on my list include reliability and ride comfort. I'd like to say money is no
    object, but that would be a lie.

    Thanks for your help!
     
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  2. <Chas>

    <Chas> Guest

    "cjw" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > Middle-age male (6'1" / 210) seeks new recumbent. Average non-athlete
    type,
    > will ride for enjoyment and excercise. Paved roads (not necessarily smooth). Mostly a weekend
    > warrior.
    >
    > I have enjoyed test rides on both a Horizon and an R-40, and (years ago) have extensive time on a
    > Vanguard. I'm convinced that this time around I want a fully suspended SWB/USS.
    >
    > My initial thoughts are an R-50 or a StreetMachine GT. I welcome all opinions on these bikes (pro
    > or con), or any others that I should be considering.
    >
    > High-importance items on my list include reliability and ride comfort.
    I'd
    > like to say money is no object, but that would be a lie.
    >
    > Thanks for your help!
    >
    You can't go wrong with the Horizon, if your feet touch the ground! Seriously though, either the
    Vision or the Haluzak will be a great bike. The HPV is a little heavier then either I think and may
    therefore affect climbing performance. The reliability of the Haluzak bikes is legendary. I know of
    one ARBR denizen who rode his HHR across country twice with absolutely no service.

    <Chas> whose feet barely reach the ground Haluzak Hybrid Race -- the inline wheelchair
     
  3. Bentbiker

    Bentbiker Guest

    i'd put the www.organicengines.com Vapor on your short list. Lower seat height than both you're
    looking at, and IMO a better seat.

    cjw wrote:
    > Middle-age male (6'1" / 210) seeks new recumbent. Average non-athlete type, will ride for
    > enjoyment and excercise. Paved roads (not necessarily smooth). Mostly a weekend warrior.
    >
    > I have enjoyed test rides on both a Horizon and an R-40, and (years ago) have extensive time on a
    > Vanguard. I'm convinced that this time around I want a fully suspended SWB/USS.
    >
    > My initial thoughts are an R-50 or a StreetMachine GT. I welcome all opinions on these bikes (pro
    > or con), or any others that I should be considering.
    >
    > High-importance items on my list include reliability and ride comfort. I'd like to say money is no
    > object, but that would be a lie.
    >
    > Thanks for your help!
     
  4. Leigh Hunt

    Leigh Hunt Guest

    "cjw" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > Middle-age male (6'1" / 210) seeks new recumbent. Average non-athlete type, will ride for
    > enjoyment and excercise. Paved roads (not necessarily smooth). Mostly a weekend warrior.
    >
    > I have enjoyed test rides on both a Horizon and an R-40, and (years ago) have extensive time on a
    > Vanguard. I'm convinced that this time around I want a fully suspended SWB/USS.
    >
    > My initial thoughts are an R-50 or a StreetMachine GT. I welcome all opinions on these bikes (pro
    > or con), or any others that I should be considering.
    >
    > High-importance items on my list include reliability and ride comfort. I'd like to say money is no
    > object, but that would be a lie.
    >
    > Thanks for your help!

    I bought a Streetmachine GT last Autumn, and have been very pleased with it. I use it for a hilly 10
    mile commute in Surrey, UK.

    To start with it is a little heavy, but this is compared to my mountain bike - I'm not sure how
    it compares to other recumbents. This was quite noticeable on a couple of hills, but I still
    get up 100 m
    climb (1in 6 in places) along the way.

    Goes down hills very nice and steady – feels much safer than my mountain bike. It will quite happily
    freewheel down Reigate Hill at about 47mph – though to be honest I can't really peddle much faster
    than this safely anyway!

    Build quality is excellent. I'm 6ft 2, about 13 stone, and find the seat extremely comfortable – but
    it's important to make sure you get the right seat size – I think there's 3 or 4 different sizes.

    I find the USS very comfortable, and a very natural place to hold by arms. The only problem is
    mounting stuff on the handlebars – but I've managed to get an extended bar end mirror and Air Zound
    horn on it and they don't get in the way.

    I'd say full suspension is a must on a recumbent – but then I haven't ridden one without it, so I
    could be wrong.

    If money were no object – I'd go for the disc brakes, and hub dynamo lighting system (I did). If
    money were totally irrelevant – I'd go for the Rohloff 14 speed hub gear (I didn't L) – it would
    address one of the cons – if you stop in the wrong gear you can't just lift the back wheel and spin
    – though I guess this holds for most recumbents.

    Andy Welch posted a good review of his test ride on a Street Machine, which helped convince me…
    http://andywelch.homestead.com/SMRoadTest.html

    Hope this helps,

    Cheers, Leigh.

    To email - replace google with leigh.
     
  5. bentcruiser

    bentcruiser New Member

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    IMHO, you're looking in the right direction. The HP Velotechnik is a great suspended bike. I have ridden one and one of its direct predecessors (Nils Palm Wind).

    They have a smooth ride and great reliability.

    Derek


     
  6. Gary

    Gary Guest

    > Seriously though, either the Vision or the Haluzak will be a great bike. The HPV is a little
    > heavier then either I think and may therefore affect climbing performance. The reliability of the
    > Haluzak bikes is legendary. I know of one ARBR denizen who rode his HHR across country twice with
    > absolutely no service.
    >
    > <Chas> whose feet barely reach the ground Haluzak Hybrid Race -- the inline wheelchair

    And then there's this Visionary who did it on an R44: http://www.uky.edu/UKAcrossAmerica/

    <Gary> who's not really all that connected with the ground, who just converted his R44 from
    USS to OSS.
     
  7. Kurt

    Kurt Guest

    Looks like the Vapor is OSS only, didn't see an USS option.

    Kurt

    "bentbiker" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > i'd put the www.organicengines.com Vapor on your short list. Lower seat height than both you're
    > looking at, and IMO a better seat.
    >
    > cjw wrote:
    > > Middle-age male (6'1" / 210) seeks new recumbent. Average non-athlete
    type,
    > > will ride for enjoyment and excercise. Paved roads (not necessarily smooth). Mostly a weekend
    > > warrior.
    > >
    > > I have enjoyed test rides on both a Horizon and an R-40, and (years ago) have extensive time on
    > > a Vanguard. I'm convinced that this time around
    I
    > > want a fully suspended SWB/USS.
    > >
    > > My initial thoughts are an R-50 or a StreetMachine GT. I welcome all opinions on these bikes
    > > (pro or con), or any others that I should be considering.
    > >
    > > High-importance items on my list include reliability and ride comfort.
    I'd
    > > like to say money is no object, but that would be a lie.
    > >
    > > Thanks for your help!
    > >
     
  8. Bentbiker

    Bentbiker Guest

    Dan offers a linkage USS set up, mine's on the way!

    Kurt wrote:
    > Looks like the Vapor is OSS only, didn't see an USS option.
    >
    > Kurt
    >
    > "bentbiker" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]...
    >
    >>i'd put the www.organicengines.com Vapor on your short list. Lower seat height than both you're
    >>looking at, and IMO a better seat.
    >>
    >>cjw wrote:
    >>
    >>>Middle-age male (6'1" / 210) seeks new recumbent. Average non-athlete
    >>
    > type,
    >
    >>>will ride for enjoyment and excercise. Paved roads (not necessarily smooth). Mostly a weekend
    >>>warrior.
    >>>
    >>>I have enjoyed test rides on both a Horizon and an R-40, and (years ago) have extensive time on a
    >>>Vanguard. I'm convinced that this time around
    >>
    > I
    >
    >>>want a fully suspended SWB/USS.
    >>>
    >>>My initial thoughts are an R-50 or a StreetMachine GT. I welcome all opinions on these bikes (pro
    >>>or con), or any others that I should be considering.
    >>>
    >>>High-importance items on my list include reliability and ride comfort.
    >>
    > I'd
    >
    >>>like to say money is no object, but that would be a lie.
    >>>
    >>>Thanks for your help!
    >>>
    >>>
    >>
     
  9. Greg Dunn

    Greg Dunn Guest

    Seems like he ought to mention that on the web page for the vapor!

    --
    Greg Dunn

    "bentbiker" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > Dan offers a linkage USS set up, mine's on the way!
    >
    > Kurt wrote:
    > > Looks like the Vapor is OSS only, didn't see an USS option.
    > >
    > > Kurt
    > >
    > > "bentbiker" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > > news:[email protected]...
    > >
    > >>i'd put the www.organicengines.com Vapor on your short list. Lower seat height than both you're
    > >>looking at, and IMO a better seat.
    > >>
    > >>cjw wrote:
    > >>
    > >>>Middle-age male (6'1" / 210) seeks new recumbent. Average non-athlete
    > >>
    > > type,
    > >
    > >>>will ride for enjoyment and excercise. Paved roads (not necessarily smooth). Mostly a weekend
    > >>>warrior.
    > >>>
    > >>>I have enjoyed test rides on both a Horizon and an R-40, and (years
    ago)
    > >>>have extensive time on a Vanguard. I'm convinced that this time around
    > >>
    > > I
    > >
    > >>>want a fully suspended SWB/USS.
    > >>>
    > >>>My initial thoughts are an R-50 or a StreetMachine GT. I welcome all opinions on these bikes
    > >>>(pro or con), or any others that I should be considering.
    > >>>
    > >>>High-importance items on my list include reliability and ride comfort.
    > >>
    > > I'd
    > >
    > >>>like to say money is no object, but that would be a lie.
    > >>>
    > >>>Thanks for your help!
    > >>>
    > >>>
    > >>
    > >
     
  10. Greg Dunn

    Greg Dunn Guest

    I wonder why Bill Haluzak hasn't created a version of his seat like the Organic Engine's, with a
    downward-curved front. Seems like the major knock on the Haluzaks, for years, has been the problem
    of getting one's feet on the ground when stopped, and it looks like a simple modification like that
    one could go a long way to solving the problem. Modifying the front to give it more of a v-shape
    would go ever further. It can't be that hard.

    The only thing that stopped me from buying a Horizon three years ago when I was stopping for a
    recumbent was the toe-touch problem. Otherwise I *loved* the bike!

    --
    Greg Dunn

    "bentbiker" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > i'd put the www.organicengines.com Vapor on your short list. Lower seat height than both you're
    > looking at, and IMO a better seat.
    >
    > cjw wrote:
    > > Middle-age male (6'1" / 210) seeks new recumbent. Average non-athlete
    type,
    > > will ride for enjoyment and excercise. Paved roads (not necessarily smooth). Mostly a weekend
    > > warrior.
    > >
    > > I have enjoyed test rides on both a Horizon and an R-40, and (years ago) have extensive time on
    > > a Vanguard. I'm convinced that this time around
    I
    > > want a fully suspended SWB/USS.
    > >
    > > My initial thoughts are an R-50 or a StreetMachine GT. I welcome all opinions on these bikes
    > > (pro or con), or any others that I should be considering.
    > >
    > > High-importance items on my list include reliability and ride comfort.
    I'd
    > > like to say money is no object, but that would be a lie.
    > >
    > > Thanks for your help!
    > >
     
  11. Snowman

    Snowman Guest

    I solved the problem by loosening the front strap so my feet could touch the ground. This was well
    within the limits of the velcro strap.

    Snowman Haluzak Horizon Hybrid 2002

    "Greg Dunn" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > I wonder why Bill Haluzak hasn't created a version of his seat like the Organic Engine's, with a
    > downward-curved front. Seems like the major knock on the Haluzaks, for years, has been the problem
    > of getting one's feet on the ground when stopped, and it looks like a simple modification like
    > that one could go a long way to solving the problem. Modifying the front to give it more of a
    > v-shape would go ever further. It can't be that hard.
    >
    > The only thing that stopped me from buying a Horizon three years ago when I was stopping for a
    > recumbent was the toe-touch problem. Otherwise I *loved* the bike!
    >
    > --
    > Greg Dunn
    >
    >
    > "bentbiker" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]...
    > > i'd put the www.organicengines.com Vapor on your short list. Lower seat height than both you're
    > > looking at, and IMO a better seat.
    > >
    > > cjw wrote:
    > > > Middle-age male (6'1" / 210) seeks new recumbent. Average non-athlete
    > type,
    > > > will ride for enjoyment and excercise. Paved roads (not necessarily smooth). Mostly a weekend
    > > > warrior.
    > > >
    > > > I have enjoyed test rides on both a Horizon and an R-40, and (years ago) have extensive time
    > > > on a Vanguard. I'm convinced that this time around
    > I
    > > > want a fully suspended SWB/USS.
    > > >
    > > > My initial thoughts are an R-50 or a StreetMachine GT. I welcome all opinions on these bikes
    > > > (pro or con), or any others that I should be considering.
    > > >
    > > > High-importance items on my list include reliability and ride comfort.
    > I'd
    > > > like to say money is no object, but that would be a lie.
    > > >
    > > > Thanks for your help!
    > > >
    > > >
     
  12. M..Leuck

    M..Leuck Guest

    "Snowman" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > I solved the problem by loosening the front strap so my feet could touch the ground. This was well
    > within the limits of the velcro strap.
    >
    > Snowman Haluzak Horizon Hybrid 2002

    Thats something I didn't try (it wasn't my bike) but I still don't like the "horns" of the seat
    frame sticking out the sides
     
  13. Tom Sherman

    Tom Sherman Guest

    bentcruiser wrote:
    >
    > IMHO, you're looking in the right direction. The HP Velotechnik is a great suspended bike. I have
    > ridden one and one of its direct predecessors (Nils Palm Wind)....

    The Nils Palm Wind was a (unapproved) clone of the first generation HPVelotechnik Streetmachine, not
    a predecessor.

    Tom Sherman - Various HPV's Quad Cities USA (Illinois side)
     
  14. Bentbiker

    Bentbiker Guest

    as Ed McMahon used to say to johnny "you are correct sir" also the nils palm gecko was a knock off
    clone of the now HPVelotechnik Wavey

    Tom Sherman wrote:
    > bentcruiser wrote:
    >
    >>IMHO, you're looking in the right direction. The HP Velotechnik is a great suspended bike. I have
    >>ridden one and one of its direct predecessors (Nils Palm Wind)....
    >
    >
    > The Nils Palm Wind was a (unapproved) clone of the first generation HPVelotechnik Streetmachine,
    > not a predecessor.
    >
    > Tom Sherman - Various HPV's Quad Cities USA (Illinois side)
     
  15. Scott

    Scott Guest

    I'll throw in my 2 cents for the Haluzaks. I've got a somewhat customized Horizon--disk brakes and
    light weight AMP suspension fork.
    W/any suspension fork, however, the Haluzaks will give a very nice ride. I rode a Lightning Phantom
    before, and the rough roads, cattle guards, etc. that I have to deal with around here were
    sometimes pretty traumatic! I've found the Horizon to be very comfortable--and, as noted, a good
    deal lighter than the Street Machine. I now blast over those cattle guards and other rough patches
    with abandon. They are now non-events. I suppose the SM would be even smoother, but I just can't
    fault the ride quality of the Haluzak w/front suspension. To save even more weight, you could go
    with a Pantour front hub.
    X/the flex in the rear fork, a Pantour in the rear seems overkill--though if your roads were REALLY
    bad, that would be an option, too.

    Oh, one concern, however: The Haluzak does not carry heavy loads too well on that rear fork. For big
    tours, a two-wheeled trailer seems to be the best option. For heavy touring without a trailer, the
    SM might be a better choice as I've heard it carries big loads very well.

    But, really, they are both great bikes. I'd love a SM, too! I'm also lusting after a Longbikes
    Slipstream...and others. Sigh, so many bikes, so few dollars...

    Scott Haluzak Horizon Greenspeed tandem
     
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