HP Velotechnik Street Machine Gte


Hi Robert,
I just wanted to let you know that I have been very happy with the HP Velotechnik StreetMachine Gte purchased from you a few months back. It has completely renewed my interest in cycling. All the reasons that I used to hate riding on an upright have disappeared and I love how the recumbent allows me to ride much longer distances than I was ever been capable of.
Please also let your website readers know that your guidance at the beginning made my decision to purchase a world of difference. From the wealth of information on every aspect of recumbent bicycles to the personal care and guidance throughout the demo ride, brought a breath of fresh air to the bicycle purchasing experience.
Considering that I came in lower than the StreetMachine’s lowest fit requirement. The non-trivial modification to fit me properly was done with care and on a timeline that was quite impressive. Something that might not been accommodated in a non-boutique operation.
I will definitely recommend you to any of my friends and family if the itch to ride a recumbent ever gets unbearable to them. I have the utmost confident in your professionalism; that they will be treated with great care.
I’m planning to ride at many places with the StreetMachine, please see attached picture of the recumbent racked on my truck.
Brooklyn NY


You can ride anything you want.

But if you wanted to ride anywhere and everywhere, there is probably no better bike, of any design, than a Street Machine Gte.

HP Velotechnik’s Street Machine Gte recumbent bike is the gold standard for urban commuting and long-haul touring. This 20″x26″ short wheelbase recumbent bike is made in Germany (the aluminum frame is made in Taiwan). Every detail is designed to yield the perfect touring and commuting human-powered vehicle. In terms of overall quality and handling, it is head and shoulders above the rest. And you’re high off the ground — nearly eye-level with SUV drivers. As with all HP Velotechnik bikes, this is a bike you will enjoy and treasure for ever. See the manufacturer’s notes here…

A few of New York’s happy Street Machine riders:


Ride Story

HP Velotechnik Street Machine Gte on Whiteface Mtn.
Robert Matson’s Street Machine Gte recumbent bike on the way up Whiteface Mtn., fifth highest mountain in the Adirondacks, New York, USA. Photo copyr. R Matson

One recent summer, I (Robert) took a fully-loaded Street Machine Gte with 40 lbs of gear — dry weight, but on this trip everything was wet from constant rain — on a 1000-mile tour through the Adirondacks and parts of Vermont. Roads ranged from 15-mile (but who is counting) uphill grinds with 10% grades, for example to the top of Whiteface Mountain, to insanely fast descents down similar grades (e.g., Whiteface east to Willmington and Lake Placid down into Keene). Road surfaces included anything and everything: perfect asphalt (rarely), broken asphalt (usually), wilderness forest roads and trails, grass tractor roads, steep dirt and gravel Vermont farm roads, muddy rutted surfaces that looked like a road about three miles ago, open fields, the beautiful Mohawk bike trail up around Albany, and any other by-way that looked like it went somewhere interesting. Speeds ranged from 3 mph to 50.4 mph.

When it comes to touring — as well as commuting, where road and traffic conditions are equally unpredictable — the Street Machine Gte recumbent bike stands apart from the others due to its exceptional handling under all conditions, loaded and not, and the extraordinary performance of the suspension and frame. For touring in the Northeast, or anywhere road surfaces are damaged by harsh weather, shocks should be considered mandatory safety equipment because you never know what crumbled pavement lurks beyond the next curve. The Street Machine ranks among the world’s elite expedition bikes.