Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Escape New York!, First Flight for Ornithopter!, Fall Foliage!

Robert with HP Velotechnik Street Machine Gte.

Escape New York and photos of the fun.

We had a great time at Escape New York, one of the jewels in the crown of the New York Cycle Club.  We had a small recumbent display with an HP Velotechnik Street Machine, a Volae Tour, and Rick Horan brought a Flevobike Green Machine. Dan (blue Volae Century) helped too!

I thought you might enjoy some photos showing the "action" from our bent stand at Escape New York.  Thanks to the organizers and all the riders!

We had a great time, met a lot of nice people, and saw some old friends too.

(These are from two riders' Flickr and Smug Mug streams, so links may get broken over time.  If they do, and you notice it, I'd appreciate it if you'd let me know.)

This guy looked like he'd be fast regardless of what he rode. (Am I grabbing a screwdriver out of the air with my back turned? I don't think so....)

Robert, eating Siggi's skyr (yogurt). Don't try this while you're riding....on a diamond frame.... (or anything else, really). (I actually got to meet Siggi Hilmarsson himself and fitted him on a Street Machine Gte!! Man, that guy is TALL (like 6'6" or so)!

The Flevobike Green Machine.

Hee hee: could this be a future proud owner of an HP Velotechnik Street Machine Gte? (Obviously, this photo may not be published and/or republished without explicit permission.)

More, and more!

There's Peter!

Check out this helmet.

Here's the whole bunch of 'em.  And the other bunch.

First Successful Flight of the Snowbird Human-Powered Ornithopter

Interestingly, but not shockingly, the Snowbird ornithopeter uses Derk Thijs’ Rowingbike mechanism instead of a bicycle mechanism.

Lazily, I shall simply point you to the organization's website:


Successful Flight of the Snowbird!!!!

Wed, 09/22/2010 - 11:22

On July 31st and August 2nd, 2010 the Snowbird succeeded in completing several sustained flights!! On the longest flight the altitude and airspeed were maintained for 19.3 seconds, setting a world first, and achieving the age-old aeronautical dream of self-powered flapping wing flight! The accomplishment of our goal is a success shared by all, and I must thank everyone who was involved for their help, sponsorship, advice, or simply for their interest in our project, which has motivated us when times where hard.

Please check out the media section of our website for pictures and video.

Fall Foliage Map

It's soon to be here, folks.




Robert Matson
New York City Recumbent Supply (TM)
The Innovation Works, Inc.
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