The History of Flying Furniture...
high performance recumbent bikes which are easy to ride
After building a good
number of recumbents for myself, studying other designs and riding perhaps
one hundred or so other recumbent bikes and trikes I could easily recognise what
was/is good and what was/is bad in a design. Very few manufacturers seem to understand
how to design and build an easy to ride, easy to handle, weight-optimised,
comfort-optimised, fast bike or trike. I saw that even in 2002, buying a bike was
still a potential minefield and so decided as an enthusiast to begin my
own business to sell and produce the best ones around. I aim to supply
elegantly designed, lightweight, efficient, aerodynamically optimised
and excellent handling recumbents. And they should be beautiful bikes too! And they are
the M5 and Optima's and now others that I sell and recommend.
Riding my own bikes
almost every day and in all weather, for more than 10,000km a year, has been
invaluable "research time". This is just one advantage to not
owning a car for over 10 years. I used the knowledge I gain from my experiences to
incorporate improvements into each model I design and build and sell. I have even designed
and built a separable recumbent touring tandem which has been ridden across
Australia and a touring trike with its own folding rear fairing which fits into just one bag for travel.
Some good recumbent examples? The "PBP special" recumbent bike is one that should be VERY easy and VERY predictable to ride even after you've ridden 500km with minimal sleep during the long distance Audax events (see www.audax.org.au). M5, Optima, Velokraft and Bacchetta have a proven racing history. M5, Optima and HPVelotechnik have a proven touring history. Just look at the list of brands in the left hand margin to see what works and works well. Simply avoid the rest. Email me if you still find the number of choices available a little bewildering or confusing. I do have the expertise and experience to help you choose the the right bike and/or trike for your exact needs. Just ask the person you are thinking of buying a recumbent from whether they have designed, built or advanced any HPV design to see if you are talking to a proper specialist recumbent retailer interested in getting you the best bike or trike your budget allows or a "salesman" who couldn't care less what you buy as long as they get your money. I do have the expertise and experience to help you choose the the right bike and/or trike for your exact needs, whether it be racing, touring, commuting, something else or a combination of purposes.
racing history of the Flying Furniture race team:
2001 World Championships
So, in 2002 I began to import the premium quality M5 and OPTIMA bikes for sale, which have "won" several world records and have been used for many many race and championship wins overseas. The M5 Carbon Low Racer is at the pinnacle of HPV low racer design. Additionally you can also choose from the popular Optima range of bikes and trikes and now a few other excellent brands as well. I recommend in particular the Optima Baron low racer - one of the fastest "street" racers around, useful as a tourer and fast Audax bike and commuter and also very successful in races worldwide! A very tasty mix!
Of course, as an alternative, Flying Furniture has its own custom designs, made in Australia. These designs complement those of M5, Optima, Velokraft and Bacchetta perfectly and my bikes are especially well tailored to Australian conditions. And I make one model pretty close to the ideal Paris-Brest-Paris / touring in France machine. Contact me to come and see for yourself and ride away on the best of the new wave of cycling!
for more information about any of the bikes you see on this site,