We bought our recumbents in the spring of 2015. Miguel bought an Azub Six, Eva went for a Streetmachine Gte from HP Velotechnik. We chose these two different brands after trying and comparing different models in two different shops (one in Switzerland, one in France – for such expensive bikes it’s worth taking a few daytrips to different shops to be able to test-ride several models). One year later, we left on our trip which would take us from Switzerland to Portugal, and then across South America. After cycling over 10’000 kilometres, we reckoned that it would be a good time to review our bikes in detail and compare the two brands. We tried to include information that might be interesting for people thinking about buying a recumbent for travelling, as this was the kind of information we were trying to find at the time. Continue reading “10’000km review: Azub Six vs HPV Streetmachine”
Already before our trip, when looking around for which is the best fuel to use with our camping stove, we got quite confused. The reason being that the name used for the same fuel is even more varied than the different electrical plugs and necessary adapters for each country.
This post serves to keep some technical information about our bicycles that we could not find on their websites nor in the bikes manuals.
- We asked both Azub and HP Velotechnik which chain they use on their reculements. We got a satisfying reply from HPV: they use KMC Z8 RB. Azub seems to have a similar chain.
- We’ve counted the number of links on our recumbent chains:
- Azub Six: 268 links (134 full links) + quick link
- HP Velotechnik Street Machine: 258 links (129 full links) + quick link
- The Rohloff cable length on Azub is about 200 cm, so the replacement needs to be the tandem size
- The longest brake cable on Azub is 180 cm, so standard cable set works
- The lenght of the replacement spokes we took are (never needed):
- Azub Six
- Front wheel 20′ with SON dynamo: 178 mm
- Rear wheel 26′ with Rohloff: 231 mm
- HP Velotechnik StreetMachine
- Front wheel 20′ with SRAM D7 dynamo: 170 mm
- Rear wheen 26′ with Rohloff: 236 mm
- Azub Six
In this rather technical post, we describe our experience travelling with our two recumbent bicycles by plane, in the hope that this may be useful for others.
We flew from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro with Royal Air Maroc, with a stopover in Casablanca, in October 2016, and on to Porto Alegre with LATAM. We flew back to Europe with LATAM in February 2017, from Puerto Montt (Chile) to Madrid, with a stopover in Santiago de Chile.
Packing the recumbent bicycles
For us there were two main issues when it came to the choice of packing: the maximum size, and adequate protection of the bikes. On the internet, we had read about people air travelling with recumbent trikes without dismounting or packing them at all. We feared that this might not be possible with recumbent bicycles: our seats are higher than trikes and thus increase the height of the recumbent, and a trike might more easily be assimilated to a mobility device rather than a bicycle. Continue reading “Flying with recumbent bicycles”
Or How Duct Tape got us back to Lisbon (without buying a new tyre)
“How many punctures?”
This is one of the most frequent questions we get on our trip. Until very recently, the answer was: “None”. Almost 10’000 kilometres without a flat tyre. People would stare at us in disbelief. Continue reading “Long Live the Duct Tape”