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I developed a mad crush at the inaugural Recumbent Cycle-Con in California. You might even call it love at first sight. Here’s the object of my newfound affection:

It’s the brand new addition to the Greenspeed family of recumbent trikes, the Magnum. You can find initial reviews of it by Steve Green of Trike Asylum fame here, and first impressions from Bryan Ball of Bent Riders Online fame here.

I’ll be doing a review myself, the first 26.2 miles of which will be clocked via the burroughs and bridges of New York City during the most prestigious marathon in the world on November 6th when I ride as a member of Team Leary Firefighters Foundation.

Am I a lucky duck or what?

When I set eyes on the Magnum out by the test track of Recumbent Cycle-Con, I was first attracted by the sparkly purple paint color. I know, I know, I’m such a girl–I can’t help it! Then I noticed the beefy Big Apple balloon tires and the hardiness of the fame, the way the seat sat differently in its connection to the base. I was immediately intrigued by the obvious design differences. Not just in comparison to the rest of the Greenspeed line, but to all other trikes I’d ridden, and to every other trike I’d passed on down the line at Recumbent Cycle-Con. In fact, Greenspeed sat in the very last spot of test-riding booths, so I’d walked by everything on two, three and four wheels that was being exhibited.

While the effervescent royal color of the Magnum is what first captured me and drew me in closer, the paint job soon faded from focus as I took in the other details of the trike. With each new, closer inspection–I actually sat on the asphalt to examine the undercarriage better–I was seized with profound fascination, wondering how the trike would ride, how much comfort it might lend this ouchy body of mine, and whether it could possibly be fast and quick-handling given its appearance of sturdiness.

The short answer to those questions, and the teaser of my forthcoming review, is this. Greenspeed founder and designer Ian Sims has created what I believe is the first trike to truly be at home on both the shifting, rough, uneven surfaces of trails as well as the open road. I realize other trikes make the same claim, but so far I’ve not ridden one that lives up to the promise. So I’ll let you know how the Magnum fairs after thorough test rides on both roads and rocky trails.

The Magnum has some chief advantages for trail-riding. The ground clearance is phenomenal, a full 5 inches. For all it’s strength the trike responds with the precision of a much lighter vehicle. She won’t be the fastest horse in your stable but she is not–by any means–going to be hanging at the back of the pack. For all her strength, she’s quite lean.

The seat on this trike does what none other can accomplish: it adjusts not only in angle, but in height. Which means you can ride the Magnum with the seat at its lowest point, allowing you to go faster–or at its highest, giving you greater ease for getting in and out of the seat, and better visibility by others out on the road.

Most of all, or I should say best of all–for people like me, anyway–the Magnum manages a supreme level of comfort that rivals suspended trikes. But it does so without the added cost, weight, and possibility of malfunction (or replacement) of that additional piece of technology. I find this to be an absolutely revolutionary design feature.

Please support my ride in the NYC Marathon as a member of Team Leary Firefighters Foundation! You can donate right here 🙂

Luke & me with Deanna from the Greenspeed team

(photo courtesy of Travis Prebble, Recumbent Journal, Recumbent Cycle-Con photographer/videographer/reporter extraordinaire )

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