It's that time of year again, when our bike suppliers bring out new models...so that adds to our labor of love work load :) I'ved decided to expand our line-up and give some exposure to couple of companies without any representation here in the US. Nazca-Ligfietsen has a very nice line of steel touring recumbents...handmade in The Nethelands, and Tri-Sled from Austrailia who has just introduced their new RotoVelo velomobile and has a couple of rugged touring trikes. Both are established brands in their home countries, and have peaked my interest enough to learn more.
I'd heard the name Nazca, sparsely used awhile back on the BentRiderOnline message boards, until recently when a Spinsider (code name for our special customers :) wanted to trade his beautiful Silvio in on something else with more carrying capacity...but planned to keep his Nazca Fuego...hmmm, what gives. This lead me to a weekend of deflecting my domestic duties and instead did a load of YouTubing, and Googling that opened my eyes to their unique product offerings. I sent an email to Nazca and posted on BROL, but got no response for a couple of days. Picked up the phone at 2:30am one morning, and tried to dial direct...but AT&T put me though to an agent to setup a International plan. Finally called and got a busy signal several times, and then finally got through. Monique answered...in Dutch of course (tried not to giggle), and I went on to follow-up on my email inquiry. Now it's been several dozen emails later, and I have 3 of their frame sets on order. The frames will actually breakdown into a suit case w/o the wheels, and can ship in a Postal approved size carton, reducing the shipping expense.
Here is their dual 700c high racer...to go
A black satin Nazca Fuego with some admirers
A fire red Nazca Fuego...in action
A apple green Nazca Gaucho 28...you'll have to tell traditional bike riders to Moooove over and suck the hind tit eh
A Gaucho 26 on tour
The biggest chunk of web work has been with the Nazca recumbents page being launched a few days ago: http://www.spincyclz.com/Nazca_Recumbents.html
...and to the RANS Crank Forward page, adding their new 2011 offferings http://www.spincyclz.com/RANS_CrankForwards.html
The Cruzbike page is next http://www.spincyclz.com/Cruzbike_Recumbents.html
...then the Tri-Sled HPV page http://www.spincyclz.com/Tri-Sled_HPVs.html
Initial RotoVelo Spec's
With regards to Tri-Sled, I met designer Ben Goodall at Interbike a few years back, and proposed having him build up a couple of Nitro's, the dual 16" 9spd FWD core chassis of his two-wheeled record ready HPV.
My enthusiasm waned after he said these little bikes were a bit twitchy above 30mph, and a real handful if an avoidance situation occurs. Just recently Ben has released a prototype batch of their new kayak bodied rotationally molded (rotor molded) RotoVelo, and the "innnernet" started a'buzzin. He is about mid way through his second batch and sorting out costing and shipping fee's before this pods can leave the mother-ship for world cycling domination (or just for all-weather commuting, pace-line wreaking, or enclosed cycle touring)...