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Windcheetahs

Posted: 23 May 2019, 9:51pm
by belgiangoth
Windcheetahs are lovely - but no longer in production and there is a real derth of information about them online. I'm surprised that some basic stuff - such as how to correctly size them for a rider - has not survived; or some sort of production order so that you have a clear idea of what you are buying.
e.g. someone is selling this on the 'bay
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/recumbent-tr ... ctupt=true

Great job of taking lots of pictures, but without some basic information who's going to trek to Lowestoft?

Re: Windcheetahs

Posted: 24 May 2019, 8:35am
by pjclinch
belgiangoth wrote:Windcheetahs are lovely - but <snip>

Great job of taking lots of pictures, but without some basic information who's going to trek to Lowestoft?


people who aren't that far from Lowestoft, I guess?

I've had a go on two and they were in traditional army sizes: too big and too small, and as noted there isn't much adjustment so I guess you bought them in the right size. But if I was within 100 miles of it I'd be tempted to go and have a look, and that's a fair swathe of country.

Pete.

Re: Windcheetahs

Posted: 24 May 2019, 2:00pm
by hercule
I saw that one; no idea about production serial numbers but it looks to me like it has 17” wheels so is one of the early ones. That looks to me like the Wolber tyre Moulton fitted to his early AM bikes (I know, ‘cos I’ve got one!); AM allowed Mike Burrows to use them, I don’t think any other machine used that size of tyre. So that means it’s an early Mike Burrows built one, but I’ve no idea about dates!

Re: Windcheetahs

Posted: 24 May 2019, 10:02pm
by belgiangoth
pjclinch wrote:But if I was within 100 miles of it I'd be tempted to go and have a look, and that's a fair swathe of country.


That part of the country has no roads or trains. Even if I could drive there at 50mph I wouldn't spend 4 hours of my life on the off chance the bike fits.


hercule wrote: So that means it’s an early Mike Burrows built one, but I’ve no idea about dates!


But, does that mean it's a better bike or a first design concept model? If this were a Moulton we'd know what size shoes the guy who brazed it wore!

Still no-one seems to know how to size these things, other than to say that there's not much room for error!

Re: Windcheetahs

Posted: 25 May 2019, 11:53am
by hercule
Hidden in all of this is one of the gems of eBay... someone selling something they don't really know about, they might be asking a totally ridiculous price, or it might be a bargain. A bit of expert knowledge and willingness to travel might snag you a bargain.

There was a very nice ICE trike for sale near me, BIN price was very good, they were a long way away from major population centres, I thought I was on a dead cert. Sadly someone bagged it whilst I was prevaricating. :roll:

Re: Windcheetahs

Posted: 25 May 2019, 11:59am
by Bonefishblues
I drove 700 miles to pick up a broken canoe the other week, sight unseen. Admittedly it was free, but it could have been fit only for firewood. Sometimes one takes a chance.

The renovation's coming along nicely :D

Re: Windcheetahs

Posted: 25 May 2019, 12:28pm
by firedfromthecircus
Bonefishblues wrote:I drove 700 miles to pick up a broken canoe the other week, sight unseen. Admittedly it was free, but it could have been fit only for firewood. Sometimes one takes a chance.

The renovation's coming along nicely :D


Lapstrake?

Re: Windcheetahs

Posted: 25 May 2019, 1:27pm
by Bonefishblues
firedfromthecircus wrote:
Bonefishblues wrote:I drove 700 miles to pick up a broken canoe the other week, sight unseen. Admittedly it was free, but it could have been fit only for firewood. Sometimes one takes a chance.

The renovation's coming along nicely :D


Lapstrake?

Yep :)

Re: Windcheetahs

Posted: 25 May 2019, 8:13pm
by firedfromthecircus
Bonefishblues wrote:
firedfromthecircus wrote:
Bonefishblues wrote:I drove 700 miles to pick up a broken canoe the other week, sight unseen. Admittedly it was free, but it could have been fit only for firewood. Sometimes one takes a chance.

The renovation's coming along nicely :D


Lapstrake?

Yep :)


Nice.
It was local to me but I didn't think I could do it justice. I hope you can, and post about it in that other place. :wink:

Re: Windcheetahs

Posted: 25 May 2019, 8:54pm
by Bonefishblues
Repaired by a professional, painted, starting to rub down the wood, so well on its way I'd say :)