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HP Velotechnik:
The Recumbent Manufacturer

You're Right on Track Here!

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride – recumbent bikes and trikes are the perfect form of transportation for active people.

At HP Velotechnik we have been working since 1993 on creating the best range of recumbent bicycles, tricycles, and accessories you can buy. Discover all about modern cycling concepts and our recumbent bike factory.

Welcome to the website of our recumbent bike manufactory. Share the passion for recumbents with us, and enjoy your first test ride soon!

Paul Hollants and Daniel Pulvermüller

+++++ Our business is running! We build your bike and ship it to your dealer as usual. +++++ Please contact your HP Velotechnik dealer before visiting the premises. +++++

Get advice also in times of Corona!

In accordance with the specific local regulations in each country, our dealers worldwide are ready to provide on-site advice to you in their salesrooms as good as possible. Please contact your dealer before visiting the premises in any case. In addition, we offer you various ways to find your dream bike here on our website even with the restrictions caused by the Corona virus.

Product finder

Filter our models based on clearly defined technical data to narrow down your selection.

Recumbent categories

Find a selection of our recumbents that will best suit your character and personal use.

Online configurator

Select the model you desire and put together your individual setup in a targeted manner.

Event Dates

+++++ Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, major events are prohibited nationwide in Germany until 31 August inclusive. In effect, this affects all our planned trade fair dates and events up to this date. +++++

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March

Fahrradfestival Braunschweig
Millenium hall

POSTPONED TO JUNE 20/21!
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More information on the Fahrrad Festival homepage.

18

April

VeloBerlin
Tempelhof Airport

CANCELLED ON OFFICIAL ORDINANCE!
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More information on the VeloBerlin homepage.

25

April

Special Bikes Show SPEZI
Germersheim

POSTPONED TO AUGUST 15/16!
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More information on the SPEZI homepage.

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Discover the recumbent worlds of HP Velotechnik

You are looking for our whole range of recumbents?

Our Adventurers

The right ones for little escapes from your daily routine
To embark on an adventure, all you have to do is close the front door behind you and off you go?

You don't need the big luggage, but you need a companion with a high fun factor – over rough and smooth?

Because you want to come back home with a broad smile - in the evening or even the next morning?

Discover Our Adventurers

Our Comfortable

Lean back to get ahead most relaxed
It is not a contradiction for you to be active and still be comfortable?

Like everything else in life, cycling should primarily offer you pleasure and relaxation?

You love the uncomplicated, but for you that doesn't mean modest simplicity, but use-oriented functionality in perfection?

Discover Our Comfortable

Our Performers

Fast speedsters for hobby and leisure time
You are a dynamic character and you are looking for a powerful sports device, no matter whether for rapid cornering on asphalt or the use in terrain?

A bike that is just as fit as you are - in short: a reliable training partner with whom even in everyday life the hormones of happiness bubble?

Discover Our Performers

Our Flexible

Those are getting along well everywhere
You have many demands on life - and of course also on a bicycle?

You want to get to work as reliably and conveniently as you do relaxed shopping or simply be mobile in your environment?

And at the same time you want to have fun on weekends and in your free time without making any compromises?

Discover Our Flexible

Our Helpers

Continue riding where you can no longer keep going
You do not want to be restricted by physical restrictions? You have been active all your life and want to stay active, even if age or illness make many things more difficult?

Or have you decided to do something beneficial for your body now?

You want to maintain or regain your mobility and quality of life?

Discover Our Helpers

Our Globetrotters

Those will carry you to the edge of the world - and back
Do you sometimes imagine yourself simply driving off and not coming back so quickly? Weeks, months - maybe even years?

To explore the world freely and unbound, without the feeling of having to forgo something.

On the contrary: to have everything and get a little richer every day?

Discover Our Globetrotters

Our Adventurers

The right ones for little escapes from your daily routine
To embark on an adventure, all you have to do is close the front door behind you and off you go?

You don't need the big luggage, but you need a companion with a high fun factor – over rough and smooth?

Because you want to come back home with a broad smile - in the evening or even the next morning?

Discover Our Adventurers

Our Helpers

Continue riding where you can no longer keep going
You do not want to be restricted by physical restrictions? You have been active all your life and want to stay active, even if age or illness make many things more difficult?

Or have you decided to do something beneficial for your body now?

You want to maintain or regain your mobility and quality of life?

Discover Our Helpers

Our Flexible

Those are getting along well everywhere
You have many demands on life - and of course also on a bicycle?

You want to get to work as reliably and conveniently as you do relaxed shopping or simply be mobile in your environment?

And at the same time you want to have fun on weekends and in your free time without making any compromises?

Discover Our Flexible

Our Globetrotters

Those will carry you to the edge of the world - and back
Do you sometimes imagine yourself simply driving off and not coming back so quickly? Weeks, months - maybe even years?

To explore the world freely and unbound, without the feeling of having to forgo something.

On the contrary: to have everything and get a little richer every day?

Discover Our Globetrotters

Our Performers

Fast speedsters for hobby and leisure time
You are a dynamic character and you are looking for a powerful sports device, no matter whether for rapid cornering on asphalt or the use in terrain?

A bike that is just as fit as you are - in short: a reliable training partner with whom even in everyday life the hormones of happiness bubble?

Discover Our Performers

Our Comfortable

Lean back to get ahead most relaxed
It is not a contradiction for you to be active and still be comfortable?

Like everything else in life, cycling should primarily offer you pleasure and relaxation?

You love the uncomplicated, but for you that doesn't mean modest simplicity, but use-oriented functionality in perfection?

Discover Our Comfortable

And Electric Assist? For Sure!

Find out about our powerful and comfortable pedelec systems.

FAQ

Recumbent Frequently Asked Questions

You’ll be surprised. On a recumbent bike with a well-designed steering geometry, you can start riding in an instant and feel safe in a few minutes. No comparison to when you learned to ride a bicycle as a child. Look for a street without much traffic (and without many spectators) and just give it a try. For a more relaxed recumbent test ride, we recommend renting a test bike or trike from one of our dealers for a few days. For some beginners, a bike with an upright sitting position and above seat steering is more familiar for a start. In any case, try a more reclined seating position and an under-seat steering if you can after some time. It is also an advantage if the seat and handlebars both are adjustable.

You can easily get started with a vehicle like the recumbent trike HP Velotechnik Scorpion, as balancing on two wheels is a thing of the past with this stable tricycle.

Of course, dedicated race recumbents with an extremely low seating position for aerodynamic reasons will not be the right choice for beginners in everyday traffic. (Low racer riders usually claim the opposite)

On most recumbent two-wheelers as well as on selected trikes with a high seat position, however, you ride at approximately the same seat height as a car driver. The slightly lower sitting position compared to a conventional bicycle is offset by the better visibility of the recumbent cyclist. On recumbent bicycles with high seating positions such as the HP Velotechnik Streetmachine Gte, most riders even have a good overview of many car roofs in front of you. For additional attention and visibility in traffic, you can install the bright orange HP Velotechnik flag.

On a recumbent, you have a better view to the front and a much better eye contact with the drivers in their cars. From a psychological point of view, car drivers do not seem to feel as threatened by recumbent cyclists as they do by conventional cyclists, similar to what some pedestrians experience with horseback riders – on a recumbent bike you are on one level after all.

Recumbents are usually safer: The lower center of gravity allows many models to be braked more efficiently without the risk of the rider flying over the handlebars like when riding a conventional upright bicycle. The recumbent cyclist can quickly put his legs on the ground when coming to a stop. In case of a collision, the legs are much more resistant than hands and head, and the falling height is much lower when sitting on a recumbent bike or stable trike.

In fact, the rediscovery of the recumbent bike in the early 1970s in the United States was motivated by safety and security reasons. American scientists searched for more people-friendly bicycle concepts and developed the “Avatar Safety Bike,” the prototype of all “long wheelbase recumbent” known today. (Actually, this design had already gained some popularity in the 1930s in France and some other countries.) The history of recumbent development is exciting to read, for example in the book “Das Liegerad” by Gunnar Fehlau, published by Moby Dick Verlag. Or take a look at our press report section.

The posture of a recumbent bike is comparable to that in a modern car seat, while the posture on a conventional upright bicycle is more like sitting bent forward on a stool. Give it a try: A good recumbent bike seat is not like a hammock, but an ergonomically designed, adjustable back support. Many people who complain of back pain and disc problems on conventional bicycles therefore opt for a recumbent bike or trike, not to mention the comfort of its comfortable suspension. In the recumbent position, the pressure on the vertebrae discs in your back can be as low as only one-third of the forward-bent posture. Active riding strengthens the back muscles.

A good recumbent bike seat not only pleases your back. The urologist Prof. Porst advises to use a recumbent bike: “This bike has all the advantages of a normal bicycle with the additional advantage that it does not restrict the blood flow in the genital area”. The sports doctor and urologist Prof. Dr. Frank Sommer has conducted precise measurements: The recumbent bike seat is better than any stylishly designed conventional bicycle saddle. Do recumbent cyclists love longer?

Yes, a rider on an recumbent bike has slightly less aerodynamic drag than most cyclists on a road bike. With the same conditions and bike components he can therefore be a little faster – but above all he sits much more relaxed on his recumbent bike! Some low racer recumbents, specially designed for high speeds, as well as recumbents with an aerodynamic fairing, can even be very much faster. For example, an athlete on a good low racer with a rear fairing has about 30% less drag than a racing cyclist. Fully enclosed recumbents can be really fast. Amateurs, who reach speeds of more than 80 km/h (50 mph) in their faired race recumbents , cause only little sensation in the recumbent scene. The current recumbent world record for the 200-metre sprint is over 140 km/h (87 mph).

Sure. Recumbents are made by hand in relatively small quantities, so the prices are slightly higher than comparable high quality conventional bikes. In addition, the ventilation of the seat is sometimes a problem, so that you can sweat quite quickly when driving sporty. Therefore, intensive testing with new materials and designs is carried out. One result is the Airflow air-permeable seat cushion made of multi-layer fabric for HP Velotechnik’s BodyLink hardshell seat. Especially horrifying however: At every family reunion the dear relatives always want to test ride … 😉

"HP Velotechnik knows how to build first-class recumbents. The fast racer below me is probably one of the best you can buy."

aktiv Radfahren

We Are There for You!

Our Service Offer Online

Our service area provides you with a lot of useful information which may be of use to you both before and after buying a recumbent. This ranges from brochures and operating instructions to workshop videos.

Journalists and media representatives will find high-resolution images and text material in our press service. Furthermore you will find complete details of our contact persons responsible for public relations.

We grant you 10 years warranty!

Register your new recumbent right after purchase and lay back relaxed.

You need personal support? For questions where our qualified dealers cannot help, but also for spare parts orders, for example, you may contact us directly.

About us

We Invite You to Get to Know Us

We open the doors of our recumbent bike factory on special occasions like the popular open house day.   On our website, you have the opportunity to look behind the scenes of HP Velotechnik all year round.

Our company portrait is completed by reports about us in the media as well as links to our customers, who share the fascination for recumbents not only with us but also with you – in blogs or vlogs and of course in the social media.

Perhaps you yourself would like to become a part of our team? Then take a look at our job advertisements.

We are on the road all year round and bring our fast recumbents to trade fairs and bicycle events in your area. You will find the next best opportunity to get to know us in the event calendar.