|Andy Van Herwynen sent in these photos of
this, his first, recumbent and is fired up! Here is what he had to say
about this bike...
"This is my first SWB build, first put on the road back in 2003. I welded it up from a scrapped Murray MTB and thrift shop Timberline hybrid bike. I got real lucky on this bike as it was not jigged at all. I laid it out on the garage floor, and after a LOT of careful spacer placements and MANY measurements I welded it up. HA! It actually tracks quite well."
"Last year I updated the
derailleur, shifters, handlebar and seat after riding the RAGBRAI and
after attending the Recumbent Rally in Stevens Point, WI. It rides on
20" front and 700 rear, 100psi tires. I have maybe 300 miles on it,
and maybe $200 in cost to build it. Now I'm building my next bike,
modeled after a Volae Expedition, and welded up in a proper jig. The
next bike will all scratch built, no scrap parts or frame
June 2010 - Andy's second short wheelbase recumbent, "Raggi II"
like a great bike ... and it has some tough miles on it to prove it!
"Now I am on my second season of riding my
first scratch-built SWB (his first was built
from a donor bike, ss), named
Raggi II. I completed the bike only two days before RAGBRAI 2009. With
only five test miles on it, I entered the first day of RAGBRAI with
maybe seven miles of seat time before the big long climb out of Council
Bluffs. Having a MUCH stiffer frame and seat mount made that long climb
much easier, though the bike was up to it much more than I!
You can contact Andy at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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