This is a Double Vision made by
Advanced Transportation Products
(ATP). It is a short wheelbase
(SWB) underseat steering (USS) recumbent tandem. We bought
one used in 1998. We rode it on two tours, but quickly
found that we didn't have the time to ride three tandems. The bike is
incredibly comfortable, but we like to ride agressively and this tandem's
handling wasn't up to it. We sold it in the spring of 1999.
If you have one of these tandems, see important inspection
information on ATP's
This is Alan's single recumbent, also made by ATP. It is a Vision
R-44 SWB/OSS (over seat steering). This bike has a front
suspension fork and the frame was redesigned for 1999.
Vision is a great company to deal with. They exchanged
frames more than a year after I bought my 1998 suspended R-44
since I wasn't happy with the handling of that bike. This
frame was built up with the parts from the suspended R-44 (below).
There is also a review of this bike on this site.
My previous R-44
was a 1998 model with front & rear suspension. This
picture at left is from ATP's web site and shows the bike set
up with USS. Several reviews of this bike are linked from
the previous page.
This picture of Alan riding his first recumbent, an ATP Vision R-40 SWB/OSS,
was taken on a WHIRL
ride in January, 1998 in Rock Creek Park. This bike was
a 1996 Vision R-40 which is similar to the R-44 but without the
suspension. The R-40 has a larger diameter, heavier frame,
and less expensive components. This model can be converted
to LWB (long wheel base) and can be equipped with a 20" front wheel (as pictured here) or a 16" front wheel (for
Dawn's first recumbent was a Linear
Mach III compact long wheel base (CLWB). We sold it because
it didn't quite fit her right. (Not many recumbents are
well suited to a 5'00" rider.) She later got a Rans
Tailwind, which was a great
bike and was adjustable enough to fit either of us. The
Tailwind is sometimes described as a LWB, but seems to actually
fall somewhere between Compact LWB and LWB, having the characteristics
of both. The Tailwind is also one of the least expensive
recumbents on the market, and delivers much more "bike for
the buck" than a lot of others. Dawn eventually decided
that she preferred riding her Terry upright bike over the recumbent,
so we sold the Tailwind in 2000.
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