Sunday, January 30, 2011

Darn it. That's why I ride a bent.

Darn it.

Yesterday I fell.  Thankfully it was in a bike lane and not in the middle of Second Ave.  But I think I broke a bone in my shoulder.  Maybe the scapula (shoulder bone), maybe that and a bit more.  Tomorrow I'm going to reassess it and (maybe*) go to the doctor. (*As in, "maybe I won't be a fool, and actually go see the doctor two days after the accident.")

It happened in a predictable way.

As one does, I was riding fast in the Second Ave. bike lane in the East Village.  Cutting with confidence through the slush and snow and over the ice.  Thought I was the boss, didn't I?  Feeling sure of my gear -- specifically my fat carbide steel studded tires -- as one does, before being reminded of how soft one really is...compared to asphalt.  Hit a patch of frozen slush which then lost cohesion.  And suddenly I was flying through the air, with the greatest of ease, down to the street, shoulder first.  Arm, hip, and leg impact next.

That should tell you something: I wasn't riding a bent.  And it should tell you something else: no matter how good your tires -- and I still love my Schwalbe Marathon Winters -- they only grip as well as the substance they're gripping to.  Ice, hey that's great.  But semi-frozen slush?  Look out.

Now, had I been riding a bent, I would have hit the pavement ass first, and from only two feet off the ground.  Instead, I was riding my beater diamond frame, an awesome Surly Cross Check as I usually do during the messy months, and so my shoulder  had a good six feet to travel down to the streetscape.  Of course, it was exactly as I always tell people; on a DF, it's usually the upper body that leads in a fall; on a bent, it's the feet and ass.  You're better off leading with your feet and ass.

Well, I got up and kept going.  And continued my day.  Saw friends.  Attended a discussion about the nature of reality (you don't miss this kind of thing when it's moderated by Deepak Chopra).  Had coffee.  Attended the Downtown Meditation Community's potluck.  And rode another 15 miles or so on slippery streets.  As a real man (a.k.a. idiot) does.  I still had full rotation of my arm and wrist, didn't hit my head, nothing obviously broken.  I could support my upper body on the handlebars w/o problem.  But all the while well aware: the body and mind can mask injuries initially (as it's supposed to do).

Thank God I didn't tear the merino.  (That's really amazing stuff.)  And thankfully my 800-fill down sweater was safely stowed in my rear basket.  That would have been a mess.

But today, darn it, the shoulder pain has increased, as it might for a broken scapula.

Friggn-A.  Like I needed a reminder.  If you're going to fall on a bike -- and everyone falls sooner or later -- it's better to fall from a bent, than a diamond frame.  Better to fall towards your legs and ass then towards your head and shoulders.

Go ride a bent.

Update: saw the MD, got X-rays. Nothing broken!  Just bone bruises.  As for tendon or ligament damage, I'm still waiting.  Maybe, just maybe I haven't blown my swimming season.

Robert Matson
New York City Recumbent Supply (TM)
The Innovation Works, Inc.
copyright 2011 Robert Matson

Friday, January 28, 2011

5,746 killed on NYC streets over 15 years. Please make it stop.

Councilman Eric Ulrich

Dear Councilmember Ulrich:

Thank you for dedicating your career to making New York a better place to live and work.

However, I have learned that your office has announced a proposal to mandate bicycle licensing.  Thousands of New Yorkers are likely to be killed and injured by this law, if enacted.  Surely, this is not the consequence you intend.

According to the facts from the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in the 15 years from 1994 up through 2009, 5,746 people were killed in the five boroughs of New York City in motor vehicle accidents.  Allow me to emphasize that: Five THOUSAND, seven HUNDRED and forty-six.
     Source: The U.S. Department of Transportation's
     National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's
     “Fatality Analysis Reporting System Encyclopedia” at

Considering that these 5,746 people were killed over a period of _ONLY_ 15 years, the mind boggles to contemplate the thousands upon thousands of New Yorkers who have been killed by our dangerous streets over the decades.

Experts in the field of transportation safety have ample evidence that bicycles and bike lanes create safer streets with fewer accidents to all street users.  The New York City Department of Transportation has
published data showing this is true in New York.

There is also testimony from experts showing that laws which inhibit the wide use of bicycles, such as bicycle licensing and helmet laws, causes a decrease in the number of cyclists (source: Transportation Alternatives).  Since a drop in the number of cyclists creates more dangerous streets for all street users, licensing laws have the unintended effect of increasing mortality -- deaths -- on city streets.

The 5,746 street users who were killed from 1994 through 2009 must not be ignored.  Being dead, they can not write you or your office, or march to City Hall in protest.  But it is a great injustice to forget or ignore them.

How many more New Yorkers must die, before we reach a consensus that safe streets are important, and that, as a community, we should pursue all efforts that create safer streets?

Bicycle licensing will cause fewer people to bike.  Fewer bikes will mean more dangerous streets.  More dangerous streets will mean thousands killed on New York roads.

New York does not need laws that result in deaths.  What we need, are leaders who will support and advance a readily acceptable truth: New Yorkers need laws that result in quality of life improvements.  We need safe streets.

I hope you will agree.

Please retract the proposal for bicycle licensing.  And please support the construction of safe streets and bike lanes.

Thank you for caring about New Yorkers.

Respectfully yours,

Robert Matson
Member: New York Cycle Club and Transportation Alternatives


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Robert Matson
New York City Recumbent Supply (TM)
The Innovation Works, Inc.
copyright 2011 Robert Matson

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Mandatory: spend 10 minutes to save lives; possibly your own.

In the here-and-now presently-apocalyptic world of Cyclists vs. Shysters, two new fronts have opened.  Read on.

In order to ensure you continue to get life-saving bike lanes, you need to spend 10 minutes today to tell your council member what you think.  (Suggestion: you want bike lanes because they decrease injuries and save lives for ALL street users -- motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, skaters, dog walkers, dogs, cats, you name it -- and you want them fast, before the next 100 people needlessly die on New York City roads.)

Here are some facts so you better understand just how serious this business is:
Browse around here:
Here's an article at on the subject
See my previous blog entry: Get involved in local politics to improve street safety.

And here are the two stories and what you should do:

New York Cycle Club Alert: Where You Can Help

Issue: Queens Councilman Eric Ulrich has announced a proposal for citywide bike licensing.

Action needed: Email the Councilman (e-mail address: eulrich [at] council [dot] nyc [dot] gov) and tell him why this scapegoating of all cyclists for the bad habits of a few is wrong.  Mention you are a member of New York Cycle Club to show that, all together, we have clout.

Central Park Alert: The past week has seen a ticketing blitz by police directed at Park cyclists running red lights. This has occurred regardless of hour or density of traffic, pedestrian or otherwise, leaving a number of our members with $270 fines.

* * *

Councilmembers James Oddo and Vincent Ignizio (Staten Island, Republican) are demanding new bike lanes be subject to a lengthy and unnecessary review process.

Paul Steely White
Executive Director,
Transportation Alternatives ("T.A.")

Dear T.A. StreetBeat Reader,

As reported by the New York Post, Staten Island Republican Councilmembers James Oddo and Vincent Ignizio are demanding that all new bike lanes be subject to a lengthy -- and highly unnecessary -- review process. Councilmembers Oddo and Ignizio's proposal would put a snarl of red tape and potentially years of waiting time between New Yorkers and life-saving improvements to their streets.

Take Action:

Send Councilmembers Oddo and Ignizio a fax and stand up against a long, drawn-out review bogging down life-saving bike lanes. Tell Councilmember Oddo and Ignizio that New Yorkers need bike lanes. We will not stand for their attack on safe streets.

T.A.'s legal committee is fast at work on an official answer to this nonsense. Meanwhile, before other Councilmembers begin blaming every other traffic jam on bicyclists, we need you to tell Councilmember James Oddo that obstructing the installation of bike lanes will only make our streets more dangerous for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists alike.

On Manhattan's 9th Avenue, a parking-protected bike lane and its accompanying pedestrian islands reduced injuries for everyone by 56 percent. That's drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists, all safer because of a bike lane. Because bike lanes make streets safer for pedestrians and drivers too, their timely installation is integral to making our streets safer for everyone.

T.A. needs your help to defeat this attack on bicycling before it gets started. Stand up for your right to bicycle in a safe lane! Send an e-fax to Councilmember Oddo now!

Paul Steely White
Executive Director,
Transportation Alternatives

Councilmembers Here!

Not sure who your councilmember is?  Find out here:

To e-mail your councilmember, find their name and e-mail address below.  You could also pick up the phone and call their office.  I'm not certain how to address them, but try "Your Honor" -- can't be too far off -- and let me know how that goes.

MATHIEU EUGENE            
GALE BREWER                   
MARGARET CHIN                
LEROY COMRIE                   
LEWIS A. FIDLER                
HELEN D. FOSTER              
Daniel R. Garodnick              
James F. Gennaro                   
VINCENT IGNIZIO              
ROBERT JACKSON             
LETICIA JAMES                  
PETER KOO                          
G. Oliver Koppell       
Karen Koslowitz         
BRAT LANDER           
Stephen Levin           
Melissa Mark-Viverito 
Darlene Mealy           
Rosie Mendez            
JAMES S. ODDO        
Domenic M. Recchia, Jr
JOEL RIVERA             
Ydanis Rodriguez       
ERIC ULRICH             
JAMES VACCA            
ALBERT VANN            
Mark Weprin              
RUBEN WILLS            

Stand up for safe cycling, today.

Robert Matson
New York City Recumbent Supply (TM)
The Innovation Works, Inc.
copyright 2011 Robert Matson

Monday, January 24, 2011


This video is making its way around the recumbent community.  Suckers?

I don't speak Russian, so I don't know what President Yeltsin is saying.  However, I didn't see a single image of him on a recumbent.  Therefore, I assume the video is a joke.  If someone can provide evidence of the contrary, send me the evidence.

Robert Matson
New York City Recumbent Supply (TM)
The Innovation Works, Inc.
copyright 2011 Robert Matson

staying in shape over the winter

Cripes it's cold in New York right now. You Minnesotans probably consider us wimps.  But I'm not listening.

I'm still out and riding every day but I must confess: it's not on a recumbent. I'm riding my "fast beater bike," a Surly Cross Check with 40mm Schwalbe Marathon Winter studded tires (got 'em for sale if you want 'em). I find it easier to balance the Cross Check on the slushy stuff and I just can't stand making a mess of my Rans Rocket so, for now, I'm unbented.  Unfortunately, this means my recumbent muscles are at risk of getting weak.

So, how do I stay in shape over the winter?

In my daily "commuter" cycling -- I'm usually in a rush.  Combine that with studded tires and you're talking a workout.  I also get in some walking and hiking to keep those muscles awake.

Above all else, though, I swim.  Winter and spring are the racing seasons for U.S. Masters Swimming and I swim every weekday and enter roughly one meet per month.  That keeps the cardio strong.  And since my event is the individual medley, the various kicks work a wide range of leg muscles.

Of particular note, though, is that I like jumping rope, whether while running or in place.  It's amazing cardio exercise, but also great for the legs.  I particularly like that I can test the strength of my individual legs by jumping just on one leg, then the other, and then work harder on the weaker leg.

I know people who like lunges.  And burpees are great (and hard) too, though I tend to lose interest after a short time (probably because they're so hard).  And lunges sometimes hurt my knees.

And if, after all that, you're feeling cabin fever but don't want to mess up your bent with all that salty slush, well, then just go out for a cold weather jog.  You'll feel wonderful when you get back home.  And you'll feel even better once those warm April days hit.

Robert Matson
New York City Recumbent Supply (TM)
The Innovation Works, Inc.
copyright 2011 Robert Matson

Friday, January 21, 2011

Do you ride a bike? No? Then don't introduce laws that effect cycling.

Let's hear it for more responsible law making: lawmakers shouldn't be permitted to introduce (or vote on?) laws unless they know something about the subject.  I.e., A New York City city council member shouldn't be permitted to introduce laws that effect bicycling unless he/she actually rides a bike.

It's blatantly unjust that lawmakers try to create laws against things they dislike, but which they know nothing about.  A law maker should be personally aware of how dangerous the roads are for cyclists before he/she attempts to make them still more dangerous.

Robert Matson
New York City Recumbent Supply (TM)
The Innovation Works, Inc.
copyright 2011 Robert Matson

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Loaded Tours Ready to Ride (LTRR)

A friend just sent me a nice link with a list plus details for off-road bike tours.  The list is missing New York's Erie Canal Tow Path, but otherwise it looks like a very nice bunch of rides.  For us New Yorkers, the relatively nearby Great Allegheny Trail sounds fantastic.  I know the Alleghany Mountains a little bit, having spent six days backpacking through them, and can attest to the area's beauty and generally good weather.  Best of all, for recumbent riders, many of these rides are on rail trails or canal tow paths, so you may expect some fairly flat riding.

Bicycle Tours On Car Free Paths

So...what are you waiting for?  Spring?!  :-)

Robert Matson
New York City Recumbent Supply (TM)
The Innovation Works, Inc.
copyright 2011 Robert Matson

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Recumbent Bike Winter Sale (but first this news)


|| Hilarious article about New York City recumbent riding ||
|| in Recumbent Journal. ||
Recumbent Journal, Sunday January 9, 2011
"Big Apple Traffic, Cobbles Hobble Bentrification" by Chris Malloy

** Studded Winter Tires **
I'm trying to keep studded tires in stock through February.  That said, every Schwalbe dealer in the country is backordered.  I still have 26" studdeds and 700c studdeds.  Get them while it's cold.

__The_Third_Saturday_Grant's_Tomb__bent rides are now joint rides with the Metro Area Recumbent Society and the Appalachian Mountain Club.  Cool, eh?  New York Cycle Club members will also soon be (officially) joining in.  I'm rather pleased about this because it broadens participation in the ride and welcomes the "bent curious" as well as the "simply bent." :-)  If you haven't been out for the ride in a while, I hope to see you soon.  It's a wonderfully pleasant training ride that is right outside our doors.

^^ Tours ^^
I plan to lead a week-long tour upstate this summer.  The route is beautiful with magnificent views (that's bent rider speak for "expect hills").  I'll have more details in the spring, but I tell you now so, if you're interested, you can start  Days will be 60 - 80 hilly miles.  I'd be interested in hearing from prospective participants as to whether they'd prefer to rough it with a fully-loaded tour or stay at hotels or B&Bs along the way.  Advantages to both.

(For indoor training, I recommend the 1-Up trainer:

## Trikes ##
I still don't know what to make of them for urban riding, but I'll tell you, that new fast-folding Gecko from HP Velotechnik is really something else and it's priced to move (but is still made in Germany).  If most your riding is on greenways or country roads, do not overlook them.

HP Velotechnik trike designs continue to be somewhat unique for many reasons, not least of which is that their trikes have a surprisingly high seat height compared to other brands.  The Scorpion fs, for example, is the same head height as a Corvette.

Everyone loves trikes on greenways and bike paths.  Do we have enough bike lanes in NYC now for trikes to feel safe on the roads?  Maybe soon.  At any rate, they outsell two-wheeled bents everywhere else in the country so I'll be bringing them in as fast as people want them.

-- Help Stop the Backlash against Cycling --
NYC's boom in cycling has lead to some backlash from a very vocal minority.  Some of their complaints are justified (about cyclists violating road rules).  But some are dangerously wrong-headed and involve fabrications of fact (there's a group saying the Prospect Park West (Brooklyn) bike lane makes the street more dangerous and they want it removed.  Truth: the accident and speed data shows it's made the street dramatically safer).

Last week, the NYC Dept. of Transportation announced at the NY Cycle Club meeting that it is taking the politically necessary route of working with the police to enforce road rules for cyclists at the same time that they remain fully committed to building out hundreds of miles of bike lanes.

Please: Ride according to the road rules.  Join Transportation Alternatives (  And follow TA's lead in taking action to preserve and improve the cycling boom in the city.  This is important for improving the quality of life for all city residents.

That's all folks.  Have a great winter!

All best,

Robert Matson
Tel: (646) 233-1219
Hours: M-F, 10am-6pm; Sat-Sun. by appointment.

copyright 2011 Robert Matson

Urgent: More Prospect Park West bike lane hearings and protests. Get out there.

This THURSDAY, JANUARY 20th at 6:30 PM, Brooklyn cyclists need YOU!

This just in from Transportation Alternatives:
* * *

Just because there's slush on the ground and you may not be riding along PPW lately, the lane still needs your show of support. 

This THURSDAY, JANUARY 20th at 6:30 PM, DOT will report on its PPW findings and we are certain that many, many bike lane opponents are set to come and speak against the lane; We need YOUR voices and bodies there! 

PPW is tremendously safer now and works better to accommodate all its users. Don't let selfish desires and dangerous double parking rule the room. 

Come out and support PPW.;



- Presentation by representatives for the Department of Transportation on their
findings and recommendations regarding the Prospect Park West bicycle lanes and
traffic calming project installed in Summer 2010.
Park Slope Anti-bike activists are still trying to get rid of the bike lanes.  Get involved.

Robert Matson
New York City Recumbent Supply (TM)
The Innovation Works, Inc.
copyright 2011 Robert Matson

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wake up! Get up! Stand up! Stand up for cyclist rights!

Last night, New York City Dept. of Transportation Senior Policy Advisor Jon Orcutt spoke to the New York Cycle Club.  He had several vitally important messages for cyclists:

- The NYC DOT is 100% behind improving bicycle infrastructure.  There are wonderful projects in the works and we are going to see a huge growth in cycling AS LONG AS the Bloomberg administration is in office.  For example, the new bike share program is going to be huge and run by experienced international vendors.  The bike parking plans are everything we could hope for.  And much, much more.

- When Mayor Bloomberg leaves office, there is no assurance that the next mayor will be in favor of cycling (during the last election, Bloomberg's opponent said he planned to remove bike lanes).  Furthermore, a VERY vocal minority is speaking out against cyclists.

Therefore, in order to maintain the advances, cyclists _MUST_ get involved in local politics and advocacy and actively work to protect cyclist rights.  We CAN NOT AFFORD to sit on our asses and passively accept the favors.  Active engagement includes: writing letters to the media; on-street protesting against laws that hurt cycling; community advocacy; joining and attending community board and city council meetings; joining and funding advocacy groups (such as Transportation Alternatives and Bikes Belong); observing all street laws; doing anything else you can think of that promotes cycling, STOPS backlash, and helps solidify gains.

- The New York police dept. has been directed to ticket cyclists regularly.  No one wants to hear this.  But the status quo, of cyclists riding however they please, is entirely unsustainable from any perspective, especially the political and practical.  The administration, which supports cycling 100%, can not be seen to condone or coddle law breakers.  Also, in the political realm, it is impossible to argue that cyclists should not be ticketed until after all the motorists start driving properly; it's not going to happen.  Orcutt did not give a time table for this, but presumably this more aggressive stance starts immediately and we'll see abundant ticketing in the spring, as cycling picks up.

- All this goes for New Jersey cyclists as well.  YOU MUST GET INVOLVED IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS.  NOW!


RIGHT NOW: Stop bitching about the unfairness of it all and how motorists do the same stuff and get away with it.  This accomplishes nothing and creates a culture of apathy.  THIS WILL KILL CYCLING.

TODAY: 1) join Bikes Belong and Transportation Alternatives and pay at least double the basic joining fee, if not more; and 2) make a commitment to get personally involved in grass roots advocacy.

TOMORROW: 1) write your local city council member and mayor in support of cycling and bike infrastructure; 2) find out when your community board and city council next meet and make a commitment to attending the meeting in order to personally, face to face, voice your support of cycling.

THE NEXT DAY: 1) write your local news organizations in support of cycling and safer streets; 2) Volunteer with a cycling advocacy group to help their efforts.

FOREVER: Obey the road rules, engage in the community.  (Law breakers will never gain the hearts of the community, which is what we need to do.)  Never let up.  Once a month, _DO_ something that supports cycling in the political and public realm.

Orcutt's bio (he's also a cyclist).

NY Cycle Club meeting summary
(Hey, look, it's Robert Matson in the red shirt, front row.)

Bikes Belong:

Transportation Alternatives:

Robert Matson
New York City Recumbent Supply (TM)
The Innovation Works, Inc.
copyright 2011 Robert Matson

Friday, January 7, 2011

Race Across the West -- get involved.

Chris Malloy, publisher of Recumbent Journal ( is looking for a few good women and men to crew for him during the Race Across the West.  I've never worked with him, but I have spoken with him and he sounds like a good guy.  Consider it.

If you're interested, drop him a line.  He sent me this note where he summarizes his needs.

Race Across the West ( is an 860 mile non-staged race with a 90 hour time limit.  I am racing in the Solo Recumbent category, the only one so far.  Racers need at least three, preferably five people for crew support during the race.  The time would be June 13th in San Diego to about June 21 to leave Denver.  The race starts June 15th.  I have a crew chief and could use a mechanic and general crew members.  This is very much a team effort.  The crew is just as sleep deprived and overworked as the rider, but their legs don't hurt as much.  I can pay expenses during the race if you can get yourself to San Diego and home from Denver.  Reply to

Chris Malloy
Bozeman Montana

Let me know how it goes.

Robert Matson
New York City Recumbent Supply (TM)
The Innovation Works, Inc.
copyright 2011 Robert Matson

Studded tires for winter riding - trying to keep them stocked

Hi Folks,

I'm trying to keep studded tires in stock for your winter riding pleasure.  My favorites are the Schwalbe line up.  There's just nothing better.  However, the USA warehouse is back-ordered on several models.  Long and short, call or write and ask me what I've got in stock before you drop by.

This is a photo of the inimitable Neile Weissman, ride leader extraordinaire, on a winter ride on his mountain recumbent.  Could he be scouting a ride for the New York Cycle Club (  His bike is the original Rans Enduro that was discontinued for some mysterious reason.  Great bike for mountain riding.  Closest we have to it are the HP Velotechnik Street Machines or the Volae 26x26 Expedition series bents.  It takes some work to set up the Volaes with fat studded tires AND fenders (just studs, no problem).  And however much I love Street Machines, which easily take studs and fenders, I'd prefer a dual 26" for mountain riding.  Still, this is a good example of the SM's flexibility and another reason it's one of the world's best bents.

Robert Matson
New York City Recumbent Supply (TM)
The Innovation Works, Inc.
copyright 2011 Robert Matson

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Car racks for recumbent bikes

Are there any special considerations when buying a car rack to carry a recumbent bike?  Even though this is New York City, where many cyclists don't own cars, I still get a fair number of inquiries about car racks to carry recumbents.  To respond to those inquiries, I plan to update this blog post when I receive notes from riders who have successfully used racks and recommend them.

One of my customers loves this brand:
I especially like these racks because they don't require a lot of upper body strength to hoist the bike onto the rack.  Made in the USA.

Lightfoot Cycles has a nice article about car racks.

Rack for a Cruzbike: Hollywood Racks

A few recumbent riders find Hollywood Racks work well.

David D. wrote me the other day:


I have been enjoying my [Cruzbike] Quest bike. I wanted to give you some feedback on what I discovered about bike racks to carry the quest.  Thule has a hitch carrier that has a spring loaded upside down U-shaped arm that will hold the front wheel and I believe that it has movable wheel wells. This carrier functions to hold the bike in a similar fashion to carriers I have seen on the front of some buses. I don't know the model number but I was able to mount the bike on one at a show room.

The rack I did buy was somewhat less expensive but seems to work quite well is made by Hollywood Engineering Inc. ( My rack is  Model HR1000R - two bike capacity MSRP $319.99.  It works pretty well, will hold two recumbents securely with minimal mounting effort. To use it for my Quest I remove the two finger nuts which hold the seat to the horizontal bike tube.  I will take a photo of the bike on the rack and forward it later.

Photos of David's rack:

David D. writes: "As promised here are photos of the Quest [26] on the rack. Notice the seat is released from its attachment to the horizontal bar so that the padded arm from the rack can capture the bar to secure the bike. Also the crank extension bar is shortened maximally. The wheel wells are movable and have attachments to adjust for very small tires if necessary."

He continues, "The second photo shows both the quest and my wife's bike."

A customer who bought an HP Velotechnik Street Machine Gte uses a Thule rack:

"Attached are the pics of the bike on the car.  My kids spend about 3 hours on saturday mornings at a kind of extra-school thing about 15 miles from home, and I drove there with the bike on the rack so I could go for a ride.  You'll see the pic that we took with it on the rack in brooklyn, with the seat, and then one I did at home without the seat.  I found that I needed the seat off to accomplish the most interesting picture ... the SMGTe as one of FOUR bikes on the rack.  I think that this was only do-able because my kids bikes are small (16 inch wheels), and that once they move the bigger bikes I'll need to take everyone's wheels and pedals off but it should still work.  The recumbent's handlebars are the biggest problem.  I also attached a pic of how I attached it to the rack ... with the seat off and needing to fit all 4 bikes, the center of gravity is WAY off and it was stressing that rubber safety belt.  I used some sailing line that's meant for heavy loads and tied it with a square knot (gets tighter as pressure is appplied but still easy to untie), so that it was that line rather thant he rubber belt was taking the weight.

"I smudged out my license plate number in case you want to send the pics to customers who ask whether the bike can go on a rack.  I can't endorse that the method is for every rack, car, or person, but it worked for me!  Also, my wife's car - the MDX - is particularly wide.  If I try to put it on my car, which is small, I may want to angle it differently so that it doesn't "stick out"...."

- Tim M.

Wow, now that's a load o' bikes!

If you have a good rack solution for your bent and would like to share it with others, please send me photos, brand and description so I can post it.

All best,
Robert Matson
New York City Recumbent Supply (TM)
The Innovation Works, Inc.
copyright 2011 Robert Matson