Thursday, April 1, 2010

New Butterfly Folding Recumbent

If you ride in NYC it's hard not to notice all the folders!
Seems like they're all over the place. This is a new Recumbent Folder that would be very useful to have in any big city urban area. Now there's no excuse not to go Recumbent!

Everyone who rides recumbents knows how great they are- until you have to transport them. Their length & bulk just don’t fit into cars or onto racks very well. Air travel is especially challenging. I've designed & built a recumbent that rides like a typical short wheelbase bike but also folds up in about a minute to fit in the trunk of your car. With a little more disassembly, it will also fit in an airline legal suitcase for air travel without the oversize luggage surcharge- I’ve taken it to Germany (for the folding recumbent contest at SPEZI), Singapore, & to a tour in New Mexico. Specs of the bike are:

Weight: 33 lb (15 kg)

Wheelbase: 40” (102 cm)

Wheels: 20” front & rear (406 mm ETRTRO)

Gearing: 3 x 9, 22 to 103 gear inches

Frame material: Chrome-Moly Steel

Seat: Foam bottom, mesh back:

Seat slides 6” (15 cm) to fit X-seam range 40-46” (102-117cm

Folded size (quick fold): 38” x 27” x 18.5” (96.5 x 68.6 x 47 cm)

I’ve started a company (Butterfly Bicycles LLC) to go into limited production of my folder- customers welcome!

One of my bikes is on display at RBR in State College, PA;

Rich Sadler (

"The Ride to Martha's Vineyard 2010"

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