2007-01-28 Monty is two years old and already a pensionist.While I do enjoy riding the bike now and then it has drawbacks that limits its usage as a bring-along-bike.When parted the frame is bulky and I have not found a way to make the frame parts hold together while carrying the bike onboard buses and trains. In a mood of resignation I bought myself a Brompton, Concerning transportability the Brompton is excellent. It folds rapidly into a small package. For a foldable it behaves well on the road. The B is ideal on short trips like shopping or a daily commute. But it isn't a recumbent. After a while I suffer the usual uncomfort on different parts of my body. The upright position makes it slow when windy, giving me plenty of time to dream about a new and better design for a foldable recumbent. So I believe this is not the end of the Monty story. I will try again.
Brompton versus Monty. I am afraid Brompton is the winner except regarding comfort. And if I may say so, Monty has a more compact and exciting design.
But when folded Monty takes farewell of compactness. Brommie wins game set and match.
Longest trip yet with Monty: 90 km. We kept good pace through the blazing
sun at around 30 km/h. All was fine until the bottom bracket turned loose.
Had to take the train back home. Impressions: Monty is not the best long
distance bike but with different gears, narrower tyres, a higher bottom
bracket and 3,5 kg shaved off from the weight ... hm,
2005-06-11 A recumbent lifeboat. If my regular recumbent bike would fall to pieces while on the road I can switch to Monty. With rear wheel detached the small bike easily fits on my one wheeled Yak trailer.
without a recumbent.
2005-05-29 Some show cycling for the public. The bike is so small and low you don't see much of it when ridden.
The photo was taken at Dockan in Malmö by Sverker Fridqvist.
2005-05-17 The steering pivot is an ordinary bottom bracket in it's shell. The pivot fork has slots where the axle is pushed into. The axle is held in place by crank bolts in each end. This way there is very little load on the bolts.
2005-05-10 After a couple of new weldings to stabilise the seat I mounted mudguards and did some painting. Monty is ready to meet the world. All is fine except the bike is not as small as I had hoped for when folded/separated.
A front mudguard (fender) is essential unless you want your face sprinkled with small stones and muddy water.
2005-04-29 The first few rounds around the workshop while weldings are still warm. The bike behaves well and seems easy to handle.
All the vivid test riding made some tack weldings fall off. The picture and this film was taken before giving Monty the final touch. Camera: Jan-Inge Ljungberg.
2005-03-17 The making of a jig can drive you crazy but making a bike without a jig is crazier.
Beginning of 2005 Some sketches were drafted.