designs exclusive to Flying Furniture
Flying Furniture recumbent designs have evolved over the last decade or so
to equal the best in the world. They have been raced at Human Powered
Vehicle World Speed Championships and tackled the tough 200km Audax Alpine
Classic in Bright, Victoria which climbs four mountains! They are hand made by Ian Humphries in
These Flying Furniture models utilise the "Kingcycle" "n" handlebar style first used in Australia
by Ian Humphries on a custom made bike in 1996. The newer "M5-European" "T" handlebar is also available
on these models eg the new FLIGHT - the "T" or tiller style steering is better aerodynamically and very
very comfortable too - it has been widely adopted by many others too - the choice is yours to personalise
these custom bikes to your liking.
The Flying Furniture designs have
been proven safe, super stable and easy to ride on even the wettest and most
horrible of days in the rough and tumble of Sydney's, Melbourne's, Brisbane's, etc traffic and on extended
tours to remote places (Three riders cycled 2500km across Australia's
outback on Flying Furniture bikes during August 2000 and one was cycled 7000km across Canada).
The current total of countries that Flying Furniture bikes and riders have
conquered is over 20 - they are the bike of choice of Australian recumbent riders who tour! Two Australian
cyclists even finished the gruelling Paris-Brest-Paris Randonee in France, riding 1200km in 4days on the Flying
Furniture "PBP Special" model bikes.
designs are what recumbent bikes should be and fulfill the comfort, speed
and efficiency potential of this "easy rider" design! You will
almost certainly be faster than you are now while riding Flying Furniture
best designed and fastest bikes in the world are available from
Flying Furniture Cycles in Australia!
Cycles makes the following models:
"Tour" - click to see larger pictures (50
|| **NEW** "Flight" **NEW**
Special" A custom order for those who
travel regularly with their bike AND want to explore their world by bike!
Championship low racer" which packs into a bag for transport
is also available as a custom model - utilising many lightweight carbon fibre components and the latest
aerodynamic and racing ideas.
bikes are suitable for commuting, shopping, fast weekend riding
or extended tours!
start from A$2500. Custom cromoly racks, Rohloff 14 speed hub gears, disk brakes and a tailbox or rear
fairing are all popular options.
All of these
bikes can be fitted with tailfairings (including a folding luggage carrying
fairing for the PBP, touring and "Suitcase Special" bikes).
These bikes are light, efficient, elegantly designed and fast! Weight
has been optimised and can be as low as 9.0kg (9.0 to 13kg), yet they can still carry
a load of gear!
sized seat to fit the rider exactly (standard seat angle on "PBP
special" model is 30 degrees and on touring models 35 degrees with
other angles to order).
boom to adjust to correct leg length exactly.
and cool mesh seats.
seats and boom for easier transport on buses, trains and planes.
steering geometry for a very stable ride.
optimised design for maximum speed.
- Custom frame
lugs at stress points for strength and durability.
points for lights and two to four water bottles (but the use of a "camel
back" drinking system which hangs nicely in the tailbox fairing
efficient lightweight tailbox fairings with luggage capacity are an option.
"Rocket pannier racks" fit 100% waterproof Flying Furniture
"Rocket pannier bags". (These bags can be used with the tailbox
for extended touring with minimal alteration to the superb aerodynamics
of the bike
mirror for excellent traffic awareness is standard.
27 or 30 speed all derailleur gearing (I don't generally recommend internally
geared hubs or bottom brackets as these consume or lose a great deal of
rider energy and reduce the efficiency of the bike but if you like the idea of
a Rohloff hub with 14 internal gears I will bite my tongue and fit one for you :-)
to fit riders from 150cm to 220cm!
Some other options:
- Disk brakes
(a front disk is recommended for touring)
suspension located in the head tube is retrofittable to the touring
seat angles from 20 up to 45 degrees to custom order
- Pantour suspension hubs - to smooth
out road irregularities. A light and very active suspension system.