Charles Mochet's stroke of genius was to make what was the first performance Recumbent bicycle, or vélo couché, using a design which was based on half of a Velocar. This brilliant machine, called by the factory the 'Velo-Velocar', or 'V-V' for short, broke many world cycling records before being banned from competition by cycling's governing body, the UCI. at the behest of the makers of standard upright cycles.
Although road and track versions were built between 1933-1939, as well as a simplified road version called the 'Velorizontal', and record-breaking continued in non-cycling categories, the Recumbent impetus was lost until the re-discovery of the Mochet designs in the 1970's. Charles Mochet died suddenly in 1934 just after the UCI ban and the business was carried on by his son Georges, making mainly powered microcars from 1945. Georges Mochet died 2008.
Lean back and enjoy the ride; More and more cyclists are discovering that pedaling while reclining can eliminate some of the neck, arm and hand discomfort that can accompany upright riding.(SPORTS)
Apr 10, 1998; Don't laugh. Those cyclists riding by feet first say they are having more fun with less friction than cyclists on conventional...