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Quest Velomobile Recumbent Trike human powered vehicle faster than racing bike
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Quest 383 fully operational and in good working order but with no foam cover.
Marathon plus tyres on the front.
Continental on the rear.
No squat suspension design.
Approximately 25,000km.
New suspension springs and serviced 22000 km
Any questions call me on 07842669498 any reasonable hour 9-10 

If you're looking for the ultimate in terms human powered transport it's hard not to encounter the quest in your search for the ultimate in speed comfort and reliability.
The full suspension and aerodynamic shape make this machine extremely capable at covering large distances efficiently. Last year I used this machine to tour 
across America covering an average of 120 miles a day the total crossing took four weeks and I stress this was a tour not a race. This demonstrates the speed 
and capability of these machines to pass over mountain ranges. 
If you come from a cycling background and have not yet experienced riding a Quest the first thing you will notice is the insane amount of speed. 
When starting off is not much faster possibly a little slower than a normal bike but what you come to 
realise is that the speed just keeps building and building to get addicted to the  speed there is something all the more enjoyable cutting through the air
at 30+ miles an hour than pedalling hard to achieve the low 20s. For those of you who like figures the speed at 250 W power output is 50KM a little over 30 
miles an hour compared with 29KM for a good road bike. It's quite comical when lycra clad roadies try and keep up with you.

People often ask what's it like up hills because you would think that weighing 34 kg hills would be a problem. While there's no denying it's a little slower 
than 4 kg road bike on steepest of hills. Howeve rover any typical journey where total elevation is approximately neutral the quest is still much faster particularly 
on rolling hills. It is simply amazing how much you can use your momentum and speed you built up to even out the speed differential on steep hills. 

The quest I'm selling is instantly equipped with 27 speed derailleur but I rarely ever use the bottom ring. Rear cassette is 11-34  front is 48,36,22 currently setup 
with 135 mm cranks. I am 6.1" And find shorter cranks a massive advantage in being easier on the knees at low rpm and enabling high-speed 
spinning. Incidentally I have  170 mm standard cranks as well but you will need to fit them.
The quest has been recently serviced and new suspension springs have been fitted.
 It is advisable to have some mechanical background or know somebody who is able to repair bicycles as although the maintenance is minimal relative to the mileage covered. Being a mechanical device the Quest can sometimes require some attention manuals for maintenance can be found on the Internet and there is a massive community of people willing to help you with problems which can be located in various Internet forums all that's required is a little googling.

Another point worth mentioning is I do not have the cover. I have not bothered to replace it because I never used it I always found it too hot and although the idea was to protect you from the rain you still managed to get wet if it was raining badly. 
I would strongly recommend getting a versatile roof which can be fitted to the quest for those who intend on having something with ultimate weather protection. 
My experience is that riding with the cover on just traps too much heat therefore I recommend getting the roof instead of replacement cover however this is 
your choice and both are available. The versatile roof is available for €200
Unfortunately the high price and low production rates makes these machines extremely hard to come by this to my knowledge is the second one which has been listed on eBay in approximately 5 years. New they cost €5950    CLICK HERE   I'm not looking for that much for this one because it second hand. However don't expect to be picking it up on the cheap because of the limited availability of these vehicles. They hold the value extremely well and that's one of the advantages of buying this second-hand it's already taken the depreciation from new.

 Many are shocked that people can spend that much on a bicycle but when you consider it as a form of transport it really compares favourably with the car.  The depreciation is minimal and if you were to buy it I wouldn't expect you to lose much of it at all if you try to resell it. Secondly no fuel tax or MOT you could probably ride this thing for a few months and the savings would be greater than any loss you could possibly incur reselling it. And thirdly there's the health benefit if you don't have time to go to the gym why not use that time you spend in the car giving yourself a workout in the evening and morning. 

This not only saves you gym membership but all of a sudden that time you were wasting driving is used developing a healthy lifestyle. I list these points because I've often encountered people who think it's crazy to spend that much on a bike, but really they haven't thought about the situation and their argument is not based on any rational thinking. Once you get over the initial shock price thinking about it as something that can save you money and develop your health at the same time is completely sensible.

Another aspect is safety in this machine you're much more visible than a cyclist due to its large yellow shape and I've had experience of riding normal bicycles for many miles and I can confirm people give you much more room when riding the quest. If you don't like attention than this machine certainly isn't for you as everyone will be talking about what it is there is no doubt about that. Some people try and make the argument that it can't be seen because it's lower than normal bike but that doesn't really make much sense when you consider many road markings are well below that height and perfectly visible. My personal experience and that of many other riders is your more visible on this machine than a normal bike. 

If it so good then why are you selling? Well I've moved to London and you really do need a place to store something like this and although I'd much rather be 
riding around London in this thing with some protection around me is not really practical from a storage point of view. So rather than just have it sit in the shed at my parents place I thought I would put it on eBay and see if somebody can make good use of it. 

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