Sat, January 19, 2008: First photos and short review
For a dear friend of mine I picked up an used Street Machine Gt in order to ship it later to her overseas.
It gave me the opportunity to review Street Machine Gt manufactured by HPVelotechnik.com:
I rode the Street Machine (short rider) from Bern to Lenzburg, apprx. 80km in about 4 hours, with a bit tail wind.
I was noteable faster than with my Fateba with alike distance and the same region. I noticed the lack of a head support caused me some strain around the neck, which bothered me more and more and got me tired. When I returned I made a head support using 0.5mm sheet metal and some foam, and painted black to match the recumbent.
HPVelotechnik.com also sells head support at € 60.
fast, faster than Fateba longrider due improved aerodynamic
rather comfortable laying or sitting (except head position)
ordinary bicycle travel baggage to be used
adjustable drive for different leg lengths
full suspension front and back
a bit cumbersome to climb and sit on, starting more difficult due short wheel base, general more unstable compared to Fateba
large turning radius despite of short wheel-base
adjusting drive/seat position requires extending/shortening chain too
Manufactured: 2000 (bought 01/2008, 3rd owner)
Price: CHF 1500 / ~ € 900 / ~ US$ 1200
Weight: ~23kg (15kg according HPVelotechnik.com, where this 7kg discrepancy comes from: no idea)