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Forum: Recumbent
06-06-06, 11:34 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,667
Posted By erik forsgren

the new image of recumbents

I live outside Stockholm in a rich community called Lidingö where I have used my recumbents for my daily travels to work during four years now. When I started my travels four years ago I got scornful...
Forum: Recumbent
02-11-06, 12:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,343
Posted By erik forsgren

I would say that the Fujin from Challenge is the...

I would say that the Fujin from Challenge is the very bike for you, as you want a low fast bike. I have tested a lot of recumbents already and I think the best configuration of fast lowracer is that...
Forum: Recumbent
12-11-05, 10:17 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 14,348
Posted By erik forsgren

As far as I know the use of rear steering has...

As far as I know the use of rear steering has been used and is still used by some recumbentfans. How it works I don't know however.
Forum: Recumbent
11-05-05, 07:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 852
Posted By erik forsgren

If I were in your shoes I would consult a doctor...

If I were in your shoes I would consult a doctor who is expert on athletics. He would state the medical condition of your tendons and give you an appropriate trainingprogram and or traetment in order...
Forum: Recumbent
10-31-05, 12:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,456
Posted By erik forsgren

You didn't mention Hpvelotechnik's Grasshopper....

You didn't mention Hpvelotechnik's Grasshopper. It's a great bike, I tested it in Denmark once. Besides this model offers good adjustment possibilities. Another model cosidered to be a lowbudget bent...
Forum: Recumbent
10-27-05, 11:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,050
Posted By erik forsgren

Hello I have ridden my recumbents for three years...

Hello I have ridden my recumbents for three years now and I can tell you that the only occasion when I didn't commute was when there was a hurricane of 40 m/second. Normally a recumbent especially a...
Forum: Recumbent
10-23-05, 05:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,147
Posted By erik forsgren

Once you have decided on which bike you want you...

Once you have decided on which bike you want you only have to give the dealer your x-sem measure and your height and he will deliver the bike you want in less than 10 days. This goes for Optima,...
Forum: Recumbent
10-23-05, 01:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 916
Posted By erik forsgren

Hello Mars,I'm glad you like your new...

Hello Mars,I'm glad you like your new speedmachine. I can understand that you feel a bit uncomfortable in traffic now in the beginning visibility being the most urgent problem, but you will get used...
Forum: Recumbent
10-15-05, 12:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 950
Posted By erik forsgren

I ride one of my recumbents in the winter without...

I ride one of my recumbents in the winter without any problem. As I rode an upright before even in the winter I can assure you that a recumbent seems to be a better choise even in the winter owing to...
Forum: Recumbent
10-15-05, 12:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 950
Posted By erik forsgren

There is one measure of security that I would...

There is one measure of security that I would take if I were to build a lowracer recumbent. I would fasten a mast on the frame on top of which there would be no flag but twinkling lights, a white one...
Forum: Recumbent
10-08-05, 01:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 928
Posted By erik forsgren

I just read an article by John Forester on safe...

I just read an article by John Forester on safe bicycling and I very much agree on his ideas. If cyclists as a vehicular group want to survive in the traffic it is very important that they are...
Forum: Recumbent
09-28-05, 10:07 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,092
Posted By erik forsgren

I also took a bit of gamble when I got my first...

I also took a bit of gamble when I got my first recumbent. I had never tried a recumbent in my whole life. It took me a week to get used to the new way of cycling and I was improving my cycling...
Forum: Recumbent
09-26-05, 02:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 928
Posted By erik forsgren

I haven't studied JF so far, but I find him...

I haven't studied JF so far, but I find him interesting from your description. As for your question: How do I ride my Fujin in intense traffic, let me tell you this. I certainly follow the traffic...
Forum: Recumbent
09-26-05, 11:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 928
Posted By erik forsgren

What exactly is Vehicular Cycling?

What exactly is Vehicular Cycling?
Forum: Recumbent
09-20-05, 09:39 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,266
Posted By erik forsgren

This sudden change in behaviour might be caused...

This sudden change in behaviour might be caused by an electrical collar and the owner might have been hidden somewhere so you didn't see him. Or the dogs were trained to come back by means of that...
Forum: Recumbent
09-19-05, 12:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,666
Posted By erik forsgren

I think many of us who owns a recumbent have made...

I think many of us who owns a recumbent have made the same experience on our first trip on the recumbent. A friend of mine has got himself an Azub 4 bike and he fell off several times just as I had...
Forum: Commuting
09-19-05, 11:25 AM
Replies: 765
Views: 256,552
Posted By erik forsgren

To be honest I am not the least interested in the...

To be honest I am not the least interested in the debate on vehicular cycling versus invisible cycling I was only giving my piece of advice as to how you are to survive in urban traffic. I see too...
Forum: Commuting
09-18-05, 04:49 AM
Replies: 765
Views: 256,552
Posted By erik forsgren

I have commuted on a bike for 20 years now and I...

I have commuted on a bike for 20 years now and I can assure you that the most important issue is not the equipment of the bike or your clothing. The most important thing to survive in the jungle of...
Forum: Recumbent
09-18-05, 03:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,140
Posted By erik forsgren

I still consider a fall from a highracer to be...

I still consider a fall from a highracer to be safer than that from a DF.
Forum: Recumbent
09-18-05, 03:45 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,718
Posted By erik forsgren

A positive comment is always welcome. But the...

A positive comment is always welcome. But the fact is that we recumbentists have to put up with comments and questions, that are so common that you have to answer them ten times a day. Sometimes we...
Forum: Recumbent
09-17-05, 12:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,390
Posted By erik forsgren

I have never tried one of these beauties, but if...

I have never tried one of these beauties, but if I had the opportunity I would be very glad to try it. As far as I know there is an American who crossed all the United States on a Linear recumbent,...
Forum: Recumbent
09-14-05, 12:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,140
Posted By erik forsgren

recumbents and safety

I consider a recumbent to be by far safer than a traditional bike. The other day I got proof of that. I entered a sharp curve at 25 miles per hour. Normally I would have made it without a problem...
Forum: Recumbent
09-14-05, 09:51 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,879
Posted By erik forsgren

I have been commuting for three years now in...

I have been commuting for three years now in intense urban traffic and I must say I feel a lot safer and comfortable on my recumbents than I did on my DF bikes. I have fallen off my bikes many many...
Forum: Recumbent
09-13-05, 10:54 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,473
Posted By erik forsgren

The bikes they use in Tour de France cost 6 times...

The bikes they use in Tour de France cost 6 times that sum of money. If you get yourself a fullblooded recumbent lowracer, like VK2 or NoCom, Optima Baron, Fujin and the like you get the best bike...
Forum: Recumbent
09-11-05, 10:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,421
Posted By erik forsgren

Hello, As for history search for the Mochet...

Hello, As for history search for the Mochet history in google. As for speed they seem to be faster. In Switzerland where they hold competitions for uprights and recumbents in the same category the...
Forum: Recumbent
08-27-05, 11:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,130
Posted By erik forsgren

Most recumbents have seats of different sizes...

Most recumbents have seats of different sizes like Small Medium and Large. As for the boom it is normally adjustable owing to a telescopic construction of the thing. When it comes to the seat it is...
Forum: Recumbent
08-27-05, 09:47 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,628
Posted By erik forsgren

Why did you get a recumbent?

After having commuted on a df for several years I came to the conclusion that a df is not very comfortable. First of all I wanted a bike on which I could sit more upright. For the rest I was...
Forum: Recumbent
08-25-05, 10:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 999
Posted By erik forsgren

As I was cycling on my recumbent lowracer today...

As I was cycling on my recumbent lowracer today there was a horse, that almost threw its rider out of the saddle. I stopped put the bike at the nearest tree and let the horse pass me at two meters in...
Forum: Recumbent
08-23-05, 10:25 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,266
Posted By erik forsgren

Ok, Blazing pedals you have a point, there is no...

Ok, Blazing pedals you have a point, there is no reason for learning a dog to run around in a trafficated area for a titbit. But what I meant was that in the normal case you only have to show...
Forum: Recumbent
08-23-05, 11:37 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,266
Posted By erik forsgren

I see what you mean, because I was bitten by our...

I see what you mean, because I was bitten by our own german sheperd when I was a child and from that day until I met that dreadful greman pointer I hated dogs to the extent that I would kill any...
Forum: Recumbent
08-23-05, 09:54 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,266
Posted By erik forsgren

:D :D :D You must have had a very bad...

:D
:D :D You must have had a very bad experience of dogs and so have I before I understood how primitive a dog actually is and how to handle aggressive dogs. In our country there was a criminal...
Forum: Recumbent
08-22-05, 11:04 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,266
Posted By erik forsgren

[QUOTE=JCB]I live in rural Arkansas and as a new...

[QUOTE=JCB]I live in rural Arkansas and as a new rider, I am learning that when I go out for a decent ride it is common to interact with various varities of canines. Other than noticing they are...
Forum: Recumbent
08-19-05, 09:23 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,358
Posted By erik forsgren

I have said it before and isay it again: Any...

I have said it before and isay it again: Any cyclist is exposed to dangers in the traffic. I don't consider a lowracer to be different in that respect. But I don't consider a lowracer to be more...
Forum: Recumbent
08-17-05, 09:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 855
Posted By erik forsgren

When you have learnt to ride a recumbent and...

When you have learnt to ride a recumbent and discovered the great difference in comfort and speed, you will ask yourself "Why ride a DF?"
Forum: Recumbent
08-16-05, 10:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,762
Posted By erik forsgren

I think you might get a kit from Radius. They use...

I think you might get a kit from Radius. They use a broad metal-ring of aluminium attached around the frame to support the whole steering system. This system is much better in terms of negociating...
Forum: Recumbent
08-16-05, 11:31 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,762
Posted By erik forsgren

No It is the other way around: My Marco was...

No It is the other way around: My Marco was originaly outfitted with indirect steering with a stick coupled to the handlebar and front fork. But unfortunately the steering system went broke, so I had...
Forum: Recumbent
08-13-05, 02:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,762
Posted By erik forsgren

On my first recumbent I used a type of indirect...

On my first recumbent I used a type of indirect USS steering used on many USS recumbents today. Notice the stick that is linked to the fork and attached to the handlebar as well.
Forum: Recumbent
08-13-05, 01:12 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,273
Posted By erik forsgren

I think you get a very quick answer to that...

I think you get a very quick answer to that question if you try a recumbent and learn how to ride it.
Forum: Recumbent
08-13-05, 01:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 833
Posted By erik forsgren

I recently taught a youngster the noble art of...

I recently taught a youngster the noble art of riding a recumbent. He learnt his lesson in less than 30 minutes. This is what I taught him: Sit down on the bent while using the brakes. When you are...
Forum: Recumbent
08-04-05, 11:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 918
Posted By erik forsgren

If you want a racer with the best aerodynamic...

If you want a racer with the best aerodynamic features, I would say that a lowracer with above seat steering is the best option. But in terms of manoevrebility I would certainly choose an underseat...
Forum: Recumbent
08-03-05, 09:39 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,273
Posted By erik forsgren

I agree very much to everything you have said....

I agree very much to everything you have said. I'm also very pleased to see someone on a bike irrespective of type. Ride on your bike and leave your car in the garage is my device.
Forum: Recumbent
07-31-05, 08:42 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 12,892
Posted By erik forsgren

Who cares where it comes from? A much better...

Who cares where it comes from? A much better question is why this anger? Because I can hardly tolerate intolerant ignorant stupid people who tell you a lot of nonense about things they don't...
Forum: Recumbent
07-30-05, 12:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,570
Posted By erik forsgren

I think all this talk about speed is somewhat...

I think all this talk about speed is somewhat uninteresting. A far more interesting question on recumbents is how far can you go without being exhausted. In terms of length I think a recumbent...
Forum: Recumbent
07-30-05, 12:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 893
Posted By erik forsgren

One of the best built recumbents on the market is...

One of the best built recumbents on the market is Azubbike4. I tried it in the Czech Republic when I was there and as far as I am concerned this is one of the most well built and adjustable bikes...
Forum: Recumbent
07-30-05, 11:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 954
Posted By erik forsgren

First of all I want to remind you that riding a...

First of all I want to remind you that riding a recumbent irrispective of what model you choose is a challenge for a beginner,because how much training you have got on a ordinary bike( a DF) is of no...
Forum: Recumbent
07-29-05, 11:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 777
Posted By erik forsgren

I can tell you that I have travelled on a...

I can tell you that I have travelled on a lowracer-recumbent on the most dangerous and most trafficated roads in Europe for a month almost every day without having any problem with visibility. It's...
Forum: Recumbent
07-29-05, 10:56 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,273
Posted By erik forsgren

What is the reason that makes you prefer recumbents?

I have met some people that use a recumbent for medical reasons, but I must admit they are quite few. Most of the people I know who ride a recumbent are just passionate bike riders in general who...
Forum: Recumbent
07-29-05, 10:13 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 12,892
Posted By erik forsgren

I just returned from the Czech Republic after a...

I just returned from the Czech Republic after a trip on a lowracer around the whole country. If any of your friends are capable of handling those rough roads I would like to see them. As for their...
Forum: Recumbent
06-04-05, 02:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,265
Posted By erik forsgren

I commute everyday to work on my two-wheeler...

I commute everyday to work on my two-wheeler recumbent, a challenge fujin, but the risk of theft is minimal because noone exept a bentrider can ride away with it. As for a trike the problem is worse,...
Forum: Recumbent
05-29-05, 12:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,732
Posted By erik forsgren

[QUOTE=Orcish]I have the same problem. I rode all...

[QUOTE=Orcish]I have the same problem. I rode all the time growing up, even had a LeTour and Viscount at one time. Got away from it after high school - college. After I found out I was diabetic,...
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