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Sit Down Bicycle
The first major change in the conventional bicycle in many decades has produced a vehicle that's reportedly safer, more efficient, and easier on the human body.
Developed by mechanical engineer David Gordon Wilson, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, its now in production in Wilmington, Mass. The rider sits low on a chair-type seat and pedals with his legs out in front instead of down. The new model bears the trademark "Avatar 2000 Recumbent".
The Avatar 2000 is the final result of thousands of miles of testing in all kinds of terrain and weather over a 10-year period . . . Key features of the new-style bike include:
• More efficient power delivery to the pedals because the rider pushes back into the seat with his hips. This takes strain off the back and arms.
• Wind resistance is lower.
The Avatar has 21 speeds and caliper brakes. It has a 63 in. wheel base and weighs 29 lbs.
At present, its being hand crafted because, the manufacturer says, "that's the only way we know to consistently deliver what we claim. As a result, initial production capacity will be limited to about 1,000 units per year."
The hand-crafted units have a price tag of $1,988 F.O.B. Massachusetts. A customer puts down 40% when he places his order and is guaranteed delivery in 6-9 months.
Interested readers can obtain a $2 informational package with details on the Avatar 2000 recumbent bicycle. Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Fomac, 40 Oakdale Rd., Wilmington, Mass. 01887 (ph 617 658-2478).

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