Back in 1934, recumbent bikes were banned from competitive racing, essentially because it was considered that they gave an unfair advantage in respect of aerodynamics.
Suffice to say they were fast, and as technology evolves are becoming ever faster still.
Couple that speed with a sensation of flying on your back just a foot or two above the road, and it's an exhilarating ride.
Brighton E-bikes were recently delighted to be invited to update a Linear LWB recumbent from the late 1980s, into a modernised, motorised, refreshed version.
Requiring a little more planning and time in the workshop than usual, the Linear was upgraded to Shimano XT 9 speed transmission with a new Tiagra hub in a Mavic Open Sport 700C rear wheel.
A Bafang BBS01B 36V 250W crank-drive motor was fitted, along with a Samsung cell 36V 11.6Ah battery.
The addition of a 42 tooth Lekkie Bling Ring, and the gearing is a perfect balance of speed and climbing ability.
It's quite a machine, and certainly one to consider for some long distance touring.
Test rides and demonstrations by prior arrangement.
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01273 9307000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org