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Robert Matson's tour in upstate New York continues, rain or shine. Here's the view from a Street Machine Gte recumbent bike.
The view from Robert’s Street Machine Gte during a 1000-mile self-supported tour of the Adirondacks and Vermont. In spite of what tourist brochures want you to believe, in addition to gorgeous blue skies and pretty flowers, you also get…rain.


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My experience yesterday with you will remain with me for the rest of my life. It was a glorious day that totally changed my view of Brooklyn and of New Yorkers.

The recumbent [HP Velotechnik Scorpion fs 26] surpassed my already high expectations. I appreciate your work ethic and tone of your website, the quality of the company you have chosen to represent, your attention to detail which requires much patience, and obvious care. Am looking forward to doing business with you.

R– R–, Beach Haven, NJ

A real cyclist serving real cyclists.

Robert Matson, owner, manager and wrench at New York City Recumbent Supply, is a life-long cyclist, outdoor guide and embracer of human-powered outdoor adventures.  He was trained as a Maine Guide, is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), the University of Michigan and New York University, and is a Wilderness First Responder (trained with Wilderness Medicine Associates and SOLO).

That background may help explain Robert’s “No B.S.” approach to bike sales and outfitting cyclists: he only recommends and sells equipment that he personally uses and trusts.

Besides bicycling, Robert hikes, skis and leads long-distance, multi-day, back country and international trips for the Appalachian Mountain Club and leads day-rides for New York Cycle Club. His most recent long trips (longer than five days) have been: an 11-day bike trip in the mountains of Norway (with 55,500′ elevation gain and loss) a 14-day xc ski trip in Norway; an 18-day bike tour of Finland’s Turku Archipelago; a 750-mile solo bicycle trip through New York’s Adirondacks and Vermont; a 300-mile solo through-hike of the Long Trail in Vermont; and a 21-day winter backcountry ski trip with NOLS in the Tetons and Absaroka Mountains in Idaho and Wyoming.  Robert has participated in three Wilderness Medicine Adventure Races (MedWAR), two marathons (NYC), several triathlons and a dozen or so long-distance open water swim races.

Robert airs out his armpits after a long, sweaty ride. Shown with a Street Machine Gte recumbent bike.
Robert shows that the HP Velotechnik Street Machine Gte is easy to lift. It’s about 35 lbs. — a typical weight for a high quality touring bike.

Robert strongly believes in actively promoting the sport of bicycling for people of all abilities and that being involved in bicycle and environmental advocacy goes hand-in-hand with selling and riding recumbent bikes.  He actively supports cycling and environmental advocacy in the U.S.A., New York State and the New York Metro area.  He is an approved supplier to the Department of Veterans Affairs and has experience putting people with special requirements on recumbent bikes and trikes.


Robert is a member of:

New York Cycle Club

Adirondack Mountain Club

Appalachian Mountain Club

New York City Recumbent Supply owner Robert Matson on Whiteface Mountain during a 12-day 1,000-mile tour through New York's Adirondacks. Riding a fully-loaded, stock-model HP Velotechnik Street Machine Gte recumbent bike.
Robert on Whiteface Mountain in New York’s Adirondacks. The bike? It’s a fully-loaded Street Machine Gte recumbent bike.