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Recumbent Rider medical benefits of recumbent bicycles Medical Benefits of Recumbent Bicycles
Read about the medical benefits of riding recumbent bicycles.

Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute

Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute
BHSI, the helmet advocacy program of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, is a small, active, non-profit consumer-funded program acting as a clearinghouse and a technical resource for bicycle helmet information. They try to explain the technology of helmets to consumers, and promote better helmets through improved standards.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
The Winter 2004 Issue of MINNESOTA ENVIRONMENT lists green products and services, environmentally preferable products.

"If you're able to get around on your own power, several Minnesota companies make bicycles, tricycles, recumbents (bikes that are peddled from a reclining position), tandems, motorized scooters and Rollerblades." See entire PCA article.

Blackbird Tandem Recumbent Bicycles are listed under: Efficient automobiles and other transportation: Minnesota-Made Human Powered Transportation.

MnHPVA Minnesota Human Powered Vehicles Association

MnHPVA - Minnesota Human Powered Vehicle Association
The MnHPVA, an all volunteer organization founded in 1985, is affiliated with the HPVA.

See page on MnHPV site highlighting my electric Quadribent:


HPVA - Human Powered Vehicle Association
The HPVA serves as a source of information for all human powered land, water and air records and all other records pertinent to the pursuit of human power. The HPVA also acts as a source of technological information on human powered transportation. The HPVA was founded as the IHPVA in 1978 and now the association for USA, Canada & Mexico, and still for anyone, worldwide, who does not have a national association.


iHPVA - International Human Powered Vehicle Association
The International Human Powered Vehicle Association is an association of national associations and organizations, dedicated to promoting improvement, innovation and creativity in the use of human power, especially in the design and development of human-powered vehicles.

Inventor's Network Inventor's Network
Serving the Needs of Regional Inventors and Entrepreneurs whose mission is to foster invention and help inventors with responsive information through networking and education.

EV World for news about electric vehicles EV World
Electric vehicles, electric bikes, electric motorscooters, electric neighborhood vehicles, electric convertibles, electric SUVs, and an electric delivery vans, etc. Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are re-emerging as viable forms of transportation. Read about EVS 20 in Long Beach, California 2003.

This Week Newspapers online This Week Online
See article in ThisWeek Online about Jim Black's Quadribent. Article in This Week Online


Ice Bike Races in Minnesota
The Minnesota Human Powered Vehicle Association MnHPV hosts an annual Ice Bike Race. Yes, biking on a frozen lake. Bizarre but true. Pictures to prove it.

The MnHPVA has been hosting Human Powered Ice Vehicle World Speed Championships in late January since 1991and draw riders from as far away as South Carolina. After a decade on White Bear Lake, they moved to South Center Lake, in Lindstrom MN. The 2004 event was held on Rogers Lake in Mendota Heights MN with the help of St. Thomas Academy.

See our photo album picture of ice races with Quadribent biking on frozen lake.


AMERICAN BICYCLE RACING Rule Book and HPV Human Powered Vehicles Appendix


The MN Bike Trails website has information about bike trails around the state and metro area. You can get bike maps, and read news stories on Biking and Bikers on the trails.

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