Some of the (more successful) hpvs that I have built (Israel Urieli)

I bought my first touring bicycle as a 50th birthday present to myself and discovered that I was above the age that I could contort my body to that ridiculous position, and maintain it on a long tour. I suffered wrist pain, lower back pain, "tokhes" pain (Yiddish for "backside"). I subsequently tried Moulton bicycles, which were then the only touring bikes available with front and rear suspension, but with no relief. There seems to be a fundamental incompatibilty between the seat of a regular upright bike and the human anatomy. I then discovered recumbents, but was put off by the unastheaticly long chain and lack of portability of all the available recumbent designs. It seemed ridiculous to me that one would need a van to transport a recumbent to a point of departure, so I decided to design my own. I went to visit the guru - Don Harse, and threw myself at his feet "Teach me" was all that I could utter, and he did. Within a few months I had built my first recumbent design, posthumously named "Legbreaker 1" (1993). Spending a sobering 6 months on crutches I decided to discontinue that series and start the Grasshopper series.

The underlying theme of all my bike designs can be summarised in the following seemingly conflicting requirements:

Grasshopper 1 (1994)

Grasshopper 5 (2000)

Trip to Ireland (Summer 2000)

Trip to Tuscany, Italy (Summer 2001)

Cycling a little bit of Brittany & Canal du Midi (Summer 2003)

Banff (Canada) and Northwest USA (Summer 2004)

Paris, Yiddish in Brussels, Cycling in Brugge (Belgium) (Summer 2005)

Cycling The Golden Ring of Russia (Summer 2007)

Summer 2008:

Cycling Chicago and Madison, WI (Summer 2010)

Cycling the Loire River Valley, France (and visiting Chateaux) (Summer 2011)

Cycling the Longleaf Trace, Hattiesburg - Prentiss, Mississippi (Winter 2011)

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