In April 2004 at the Special Bike Fair Germersheim "SPEZI 2004" a Folding Recumbent Design Contest will once again take place. All designers of foldable or separable recumbents and semi-recumbents may participate - one-offs, conversions, prototypes or production machines.
Place and time: Saturday 24th April 2004, 3 PM, Hall 3 (foyer)
Competitors and jurors meet at 11:30 AM at the same location
Unlike the first contest in 2002, where focus was on suitability for travelling, this time the essential virtues of folding bikes will be stressed:
easy, fast folding and unfolding action
small package size when folded
easy to carry
... and all combined with good ride quality. The overall theme is suitability for riding and use on public transport, not for long distance touring.
The 2004 contest gives special emphasis to folding concepts and their execution. So we will not judge whether or not a bike conforms to any government regulations, and we will not judge its luggage capacity. But it should be possible in principle to mount adequate accessories such as brakes, light, racks.
The 2. Folding Recumbent Contest is jointly organized by Birdy-Freunde, Die Bromptonauten and the German HPV association. Arndt Last, vice president of the German HPV association, agreed to become patron.