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Since the end of 2009, I have reported about news from the recumbent bike, trike and velomobile scene here. In 2012, the publishing activity decreased. On the one hand, family and real life work issues often had higher priority than the blogging. On the other hand, I had made it more complicated for myself as I started BentBlog.de as bi-lingual website. Every article had to be entered and formatted twice. Quite some time ago I also became a ligfiets.net editor and additionally entered my articles into the ligfiets.net cms (which is not as easy as wordpress…).

I now came to the conclusion that I will quit blogging here. The blog will remain accessible as long as I don’t have to spend too much work on keeping it up. There are a couple of articles in work which will either not be finalized or published on ligfiets.net only. Modifications to my a8 will be presented on a8.bentblog.de.

Thank you very much for your feedback and interest. Happy rides!

Chris

Is a Go-One Evo K just too big and slow for you?

Go-One Evo S Well Beyss, the manufacturer of the Go-one velomobiles now has a solution for this. Daniel Fenn, who had also been responsible for the development of the Evo K wanted to reduce the cross-sectional surface further and come up with a light velomobile for not too tall riders. Read More

RaptoBike Midracer Review – Part 2 – Riding Impressions

image013 Here is part 2 of René Freising’s RaptoBike Midracer review. Thank You, René. Read More

RaptoBike Midracer Review – Part 1 – Assembly

dscf3054 Back in June 2010 I visited RaptoBike. Arnold Ligtvoet proposed to send me a Midracer for review. After a couple of months waiting for that, I assumed that it was rather a cost-issue that prevented him from sending me a bike, not knowing that he was waiting for the frames from the welder in far-east. Finally I made a contact between Rene Freising who was looking for a brevet bike and who had already thought about a Midracer and Arnold. Finally, Rene bought a frame set and promised to write a review for BentBlog.de. Here is what he sent me:
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The Spezi 2012 is running!

This year, I did not approach the exhibitors of Europe’s biggest special bikes show, which new items they were going to bring to Germersheim. I did not have the time to. In spite of that, some manufacturers sent me some information and some rumors appeared in forum posts. So if you are looking for a reason to go to Spezi today (or if you do not want to go there or if you can’t, but you want to know what is shown there) read after the break..

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New Photos of the Alleweder A8 *update*

A8 Prototype In the German Velomobilforum they are called „Aluminauts“ at times. Velomobile riders (or wannabes) who are having a special relationship to the aluminium velomobile Alleweder in its different model generations. Whether it is the construction material aluminium or the fact that you can build an aluminium Alleweder on your own: For Aluminauts the AW has a special appeal.

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Alligt offers Sunrider-drawings for own projects

exploded-view-01 It was already mentioned in my interview with Leo Visscher and Dietrich Lohmeyer: Alligt and Akkurad are revising the Sunrider completely.

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Alleweder A8, Sunrider and a four-wheel vehicle. An interview with Leo Visscher and Dietrich Lohmeyer

Leo Visscher I had the great pleasure to interview Leo Visscher, the head of Alligt.nl and Dietrich Lohmeyer who is the boss of Akkurad.com.

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New entry-level HP-Velotechnik Gekko variant

HP Velotechnik Gekko There is a new version of the HP-Velotechnik Gekko trike. In contrast to the Gekko fx it is not foldable but separable. Read More

Tunbebug Shake: The safe way to listen to music while riding

tunebug-003 In every bicycle related forum you can find a thread of heavy discussions whether a bike helmet helps preventing from severe injury or not. At least in every German bicycle forum I know. I won’t repeat pro-helmet or contra-helmet arguments here and I will additionally not discuss why or whether I am wearing a helmet or not. However, there now is a new reason for wearing a helmet: The Tunebug Shake. Read More