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Raven Goes To Amsterdam . . .
- To: "Ligfietsen" <nlhpv-mail at ffshq.IAEhv.nl>
- Subject: Raven Goes To Amsterdam . . .
- From: rlowell at pipeline.com
- Date: Mon, 1 Jul 1996 03:20:53 GMT
- Organization: FFS Headquarters, The Netherlands
- References: <199607010320.DAA00931 at pipe4.ny2.usa.pipeline.com>
- Reply-To: "Ligfietsen" <nlhpv-mail at ffshq.IAEhv.nl>
- Sender: ligfiets at ffshq.IAEhv.nl
Hello HPV folks:
I am planning a North European excursion with my USA made
Raven trike; it is quite a new design. Perhaps you saw my long posts
on its behavior on the IHPVA Trike list some months ago.
August 24 I expect to arrive in Copenhagen where I will bike with
a friend for the week and then spend a few days in Hamburg, DE.
So far, my plans after that are uncertain until I am able find out
more about the bike routes in the Netherlands.
Ideally, I would like to ride my trike from Hamburg to
Amsterdam along the R1 and LF4 or, if weather is likely to
be favorable in very early September, along the Northern
coast route, the LF1, I believe.
My trike is wide, just under a meter so there would be a
problem if sections of the route are too narrow for passing
others. Are the paths also used by skaters and dog walkers as
is generally the case in the USA? In comparing the two routes
or, if necessary, also the road, which is more beautiful, wider,
faster and has better surfaces?
I do not yet have bike maps for the Netherlands but I am
estimating from a small road map that the North Sea route might
be about 300 kilometers and the LF4 some 200 plus kilometers.
If I don t stop too often I should be able to average 60 to 100 a
day, so perhaps 4 days plus 2 or 3 days from Hamburg to the
LF1 or LF4. That would bring me to Amsterdam on the 11 or 12
of September, earlier if I must use the train for part of the trip.
Does this seem to approximate reality?
Equally important, would anyone want to see and ride this
one-in-front, FWD trike? Like the Flevo design it is without
a fork but steering is accomplished in a very different fashion.
I expect to stay at the Bike Hotel for a few days, wallow in
Vermeers, visit the IBC show, take a side trip or two and
oggle a Chinkara. Is the shop in Haarlem a good place to see
Dutch and German recumbents?
I am without a room reservation until I am more certain of plans.
I can supply the e-mail address of friends in Amsterdam
Are the bike route maps still only in Dutch? Are other maps
suitable or are the trails sufficiently well marked?
Any information you have time to send would be most appreciated.
rlowell at pipeline.com [Ross Lowell]
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