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M5 celebrates 30th anniversary this month...

November 19th, 2013 

Speeding in hurricane-like conditions

October 29th, 2013To the top

Weather alert, wind force 11-12 on the Beaufort scale, Oosterschelde flood barrier closed, in short: ideal test conditions.

Speeding in hurricane-like conditionsIn 1998 I made a fast sprint along the Veerse Dam on my tailfaired M5 Carbon Low Racer. I hit 78,3 km/h (48.66 mph) back then. Now, over fifteen years later, on another bike, The M5 Carbon High Racer without any fairing but comparable weather conditions, wind speed and wind direction it's time for another try.

Towards the Veerse Dam things really took off while clearing a farm in severe side winds. The HED 3 rear wheel with the wide wing shapes gave me a hard time and I managed to keep more or less upright, standing on one leg with the bike almost flat below me. A moment later two lampposts smash to the ground one by one right behind me. Turbulent place.
On the dam itself, just after the last pedestrians bridge, is a slight bend going somewhat downwards and after that it's 300 metres full throttle dead straight. At the end I have a quick look at the meter and notice it peaked at 77.3 km/h (48.04 mph). But there are mitigating circumstances... By now I'm 57 years old, not well trained and riding without tail fairing.
The best news: riding back home with wind force 11 to 12 right against me still doing 28 km/h steady-on. Something only recumbent riders will ever experience!
Speeding in hurricane-like conditions

Globetrotter Arthur riding through Uzbekistan

October 7th, 2013To the top

1200 Silk Road miles in 4 days on the M5 Carbon High Racer

Globetrotter Arthur riding through UzbekistanSomething completely different than his "usual" return trips to Norway's North Cape: an Uzbek organized randonneur tour following large parts of the ancient Silk Road. In these regions, a recumbent is a unusual appearance and they do not even have a name for it.... For a first impression, see this video: >>

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As green as a lime

October 7th, 2013To the top

Bram's latest M5 Carbon High Racer

As green as a limeAfter two and a half years of commuting on an M5 M-Racer, the time has come for a fresh lime colored CHR. Equipped with M5's own 90 mm high carbon rims and hubs. Also, the latest M5 lightweight carrier is mounted (directly to seat). Especially designed to support top bags and also offers protection against splashing water from the rear wheel. Carbon crankset is from fellow recumbent builder "Lightning" from the USA.

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Remarkable! Oldest M5 customer perhaps also customer with highest number of kilometres?

September 24th, 2013To the top

Nevio Scagliotti (80 years of age) from Amsterdam rides his recumbents 25,000 to 30,000 kilometres per year, ever since 1987!

Remarkable! Oldest M5 customer perhaps also customer with highest number of kilometres?<br />
The former drummer of an Italian band from the notorious sixties already lives for 50 years with his born and raised Amsterdam wife in our capital. Weather permitting, he is riding his recumbent. Being an Italian, he only skips the cold winter months, so he covers his huge distance in just 8 to 9 months per year. His bikes are an M5 28-20 low bar from 1987 and an M5 Shock Proof from 2001. It always strikes me how well Nevio itself and these bikes still look like despite their truly bizarre mileages! The low bar version has travelled about 400,000 kilometres and the M5 Shock Proof about 300,000 km. This is close to a return ticket to the moon! These are distances which make you dazzle, especially when you hear the rider has turned 80 this year. Nevio has always been an avid (racing) cyclist, but when he saw a recumbent on a RAI exhibition he thought: "That's something for me!" Especially because he wouldn't suffer any longer from a painful crotch, neck or wrists. From that moment on a lot of trips in the vicinity of Amsterdam and many trips to his family in northern Italy were made. When asked how long he hopes to continue riding the recumbent he convincingly answers: "I feel good, so probably another 20-30 years..."
We'll attempt to follow future developments!
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