Vision R40 w/hardshell seat

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Vision R40 w/hardshell seat

Post by "A" on Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:49 pm

Still a work in progress with the rear rack arrangement, but the hardshell seat offer narrow profile, eccential for inner city traffic.







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Re: Vision R40 w/hardshell seat

Post by Nightturkey on Thu Jan 22, 2009 11:38 pm

Sweet-looking ride there, bro.
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Re: Vision R40 w/hardshell seat

Post by R42Pilot on Fri Jan 23, 2009 12:45 am

I miss my R42. Great bike, reasonably fast.... Sigh.

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Re: Vision R40 w/hardshell seat

Post by "A" on Thu Feb 05, 2009 2:23 pm

R42Pilot wrote:I miss my R42. Great bike, reasonably fast.... Sigh.

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How fast you travel is mostly depended on your "engine", not so much the bike.
I keep up with my local roadies on group rides, usually averaging 16-17 mph over 2 hour ride near Valley Forge National Park area, not exactly "flat" in terrain.

Most roadies "attack" at the base of a hill and "run out of puff" along the way, because they can not sustain the burst of speed as they get out of saddle. I usually ride up to them and make sure they notice me along them while I give them a subtle, yet noticable, sustained push while riding up the hill, not to increase their speed, but enought push for the suffering rider to take it easy for 10-15 pedal strokes; that's far more friendlier than blowing pass them huffing and puffing.. usually that generate enough amazement that they start to change their minds about having a recumbent rider along in their group ride.

On the flats, I always start in the back of the line.. as riders peel off the front to go to the backend, I usually ask them if they want to go ahead of me or draft behind me, usually they are breathing too fast to give a clear responce, by the time I moved to the front of the paceline, most of them have pretty tired legs, I usually keep the pace for 50 pedal strokes then increase the pace up to 26+ mph over the distance of a 3/4 mile.. that usually is enough to make the group wonder what kind of performance enhencement drug I'm taking. Most of the time I don't get a comment, but once in a while I get a "nice pull", that's when I know that I've been accepted to ride with the group and made some friends of roadies on my recumbent.
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Re: Vision R40 w/hardshell seat

Post by R42Pilot on Thu Feb 05, 2009 5:30 pm

"A" wrote:
R42Pilot wrote:I miss my R42. Great bike, reasonably fast.... Sigh.

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How fast you travel is mostly depended on your "engine", not so much the bike.
I keep up with my local roadies on group rides, usually averaging 16-17 mph over 2 hour ride near Valley Forge National Park area, not exactly "flat" in terrain.

I rode mine with a roadie club and had basically the same experience as you. I still ride with a roadie club.

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Re: Vision R40 w/hardshell seat

Post by rsyb on Fri Feb 06, 2009 3:24 pm

nice mod with the hardshell seat!

mine has uss and is in lwb mode right now. switch it around once in a while just for grins.
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