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COMPASS MAGAZINE > December 2009
 
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A new ride for a new life

Translated by Naomi Lai

A new ride for a new life

A new ride for a new life

A new ride for a new life

"Recumbent of speed and wonder" is the best way of describing the two recumbent bicycles--the GrassHopper and the PINO--being introduced in this month's edition.

Following our introduction to recumbent tricycles last month, we hope that everyone knows a thing or two about recumbent vehicles by now. Recumbent bicycles are the more representative and popular type of recumbent vehicle. With a lower profile, reduced wind resistance and larger wheels, these recumbent two-wheelers can travel at faster speeds than regular bicycles. In this issue, we specially introduce the GrassHopper and PINO from German brands HP Velotechnik and HASE. These two models are not only known for speed, but are also a favorite with long-distance touring cyclists. You can find travellers pedaling all over the world with their GrassHopper or PINO, from locations in Europe, Australia, Canada, America, Africa and China, to the Tibetan Plateau and Mongolia.

Differences between a recumbent bicycle and a recumbent tricycle:

Recumbent tricycles: Comfortable, stable, safe, fast and easy-to-handle qualities make them suitable for all ages.

Recumbent bicycles: Compared with recumbent tricycles, riding the GrassHopper recumbent bicycle requires some skill. Nevertheless, first-time riders will easily fall in love with these vehicles after a few tries and successfully find the right balance. The other recumbent bicycle noted here, the PINO, is unique for being one of the few tandem recumbent bicycles in the world. The back seat is designed like a regular bicycle's, while the front seat is designed to be an adjustable recumbent position. This combination adds comfort and ease of handling to the riders.

 

A new ride for a new life

A new ride for a new life

The GrassHopper is a classic recumbent bicycle model. Its specially-designed frame, plus its unique front and rear suspension, greatly increase the functionality of the bicycle while reducing the energy needed for pedaling. It is also designed with an adjustable seat for maximum comfort, making it a must-have in the recumbent world. The latest generation of GrassHopper comes with a foldable frame that reduces it to a size suitable for carrying on public transportation or being stuffed in the back of your car. To further cater to customer needs, the HP team also provides a choice of the stable "over-seat" or flexible "under-seat" steering, allowing buyers to customize according to their needs.

A new ride for a new life A new ride for a new life

 

A new ride for a new life

A new ride for a new life

The PINO is the world's most multi-functional and personal transportation vehicle, with the flexibility of being a family bicycle or a long-distance touring vehicle. Its aluminium alloy frame is comprised of two easily dismantled and reassembled parts for convenience during travel and insuring safety. The front body and the mesh chair can be adjusted according to the rider's height and shape for the most comfortable pedaling position. The special front and back seat design allows you to enjoy wonderful conversations and the scenery of long-distance travel with your companion or your family member.

The meticulous attention to detail characteristic of German engineering is clearly displayed in the appearance, quality, structure and technology featured in the design of their recumbent bicycles, bringing out the "personality" of the brand while allowing you to enjoy a touch of style and healthy living while riding the GrassHopper and the PINO.

We welcome anyone who is interested in these bicycles to come and experience for themselves the comfort and speed of riding a recumbent.

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