Testrides at Göteborg meet

Discussion in 'Recumbent bicycles' started by Mikael Seierup, Aug 10, 2003.

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  1. The meet was held yesterday and was great fun. They had arranged a 200 m sprint and an exibithion
    since this coincided with Göteborg-kalaset (a festival). At this exhibition that took place on a
    very hot plaza (28-29C) I got to ride a few unusual recumbents.

    First was the Cannondale Easy Rider. Yes, I know its not all that unusual in the States. However
    since it probably cost the poor owner in the region of 4500 usd to get it to Sweden I think I'm
    justified in calling it that. I also know they dropped the name but this one had it written on the
    frame. ;-)

    It looks great but was rather smallish. Light for a fully suspended recumbent. The seatback was
    reclined all the way which isn't really much. Still it turned out to be enough to cause me trouble.
    On my first ride the seat was too far forward so my legs hit the handlebars if I was not careful and
    this affected handling somewhat. Moving the seat meant that the handlebars were too far away when I
    was leaning back so turns became a bit dicey. I'm no stranger to the superman position since I use
    it on my TE-clone, but this was too much. Maybe fooling around with the handlebars would have
    resulted in a better fit but I was just riding it around the plaza cobblestones and grass. A nice
    little bike but there was nothing remarkable about it. It would certainly make a nice commuter but
    the price would still scare me away. ;-) (If anyone near Göteborg fancies one it was up for sale for
    24.000 SEK. Contact HPV-Vest via the Swedish HPV-homepage.)

    Second bike I tried was a Jouta delta. Its a FWD, mid-/rearsteered trike. This was actually for sale
    too. But for a very modest amount. Pic here: http://www.liggister.org/ (Choose KÖPES BYTTAS SÄLJES
    from the menu on the left. Its the first or second bike. Big yellow bananaseat.)

    Now this was fun. It was pretty light for a trike and with the big wheels it took off like a rocket
    (not RANS mind) and handled fine on the grass around the plaza. It has USS and was very responsive
    to the touch. The rear wheels are rather close together so I was advised not to make sharp turns at
    speed. (The guy dispensing this advice apparently learned this the hard way. ;-) ) But leaning into
    turns wasn't a problem and I could easily see myself tearing around on one.

    As for the 200 m sprint I did a rather dissapointing 52 kph or so on my VK. The tailfaring flexed
    just enough to hit the wheel producing some impressive loud bangs when I honked the pedals and that
    made me ease off. So I was beaten by a Zephyr with a Novosport tailbox. (...the horror... the
    horror ;-) )

    Regards Mikael
     
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  2. > However since it probably cost the poor owner in the region of 4500 usd to get it to Sweden I
    > think I'm justified in calling it that.

    Ooops. Was thinking BigHa prices here. I mean in the region of 3000 usd to buy on in Sweden. Maybe
    more though since he was asking about 3200 for it.

    M.
     
  3. Mikael Seierup wrote:

    >Second bike I tried was a Jouta delta.
    <snip>
    >Now this was fun. It was pretty light for a trike and with the big wheels it took off like a rocket
    >(not RANS mind) and handled fine on the grass around the plaza. It has USS and was very responsive
    >to the touch. The rear wheels are rather close together so I was advised not to make sharp turns at
    >speed. (The guy dispensing this advice apparently learned this the hard way. ;-) ) But leaning into
    >turns wasn't a problem and I could easily see myself tearing around on one.

    Used to have one of those; possibly the only trike that can turn inside its own length! If you lean
    out of the seat far enough it goes round corners just fine; always reminded me of sidecar racing...

    Mark van Gorkom.

    P.S.: passed through Göteborg once and would still be going around in circles there if I hadn't
    brought a GPS!
     
  4. "Mark van Gorkom" skrev

    > Used to have one of those; possibly the only trike that can turn inside its own length! If you
    > lean out of the seat far enough it goes round corners just fine; always reminded me of sidecar
    > racing...

    How did you like it? Good and bad things? Its pretty cheap so I am toying with the idea of
    buying it.

    Regards Mikael
     
  5. Mikael Seierup wrote:

    >How did you like it? Good and bad things? Its pretty cheap so I am toying with the idea of
    >buying it.
    >

    Well, as you noticed it is quite light and nippy, but it really needs a committed and rather
    acrobatic rider; the delta configuration just isn't as stable as a tadpole, and the front part of
    the bike doesn't lean into corners far enough. But if your willing to practically throw yourself out
    of the seat at every corner, great fun can be had! It is VERY low; this helps in cornering, and
    makes it faster, but makes it noticably less visible. Riding on the edge of a cambered road can be a
    PITA, and you'll hit EVERY bit of glass on the road, but that goes for all trikes (and with modern
    kevlar belted tires, who cares about a bit of glass?) Didn't like the original seat much; mine came
    with the flevobike seat, wich was sowewhat better. And my left leg used to rub against the front
    fender. Apart from these (mostly minor) niggles, its an enjoyable runabout, and definitely Something
    Completely Different, even among 'bents.

    Mark van Gorkom.

    P.S.: just had a look at the picture, and it dus look a bit different from mine (wich had a rear
    rack integral with the frame, and was a bit lower, I think).
     
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