Reprinted from BicycleApparel.com
The History of the Recumbent Bicycle:
The history of the recumbent bike was first documented in a German article titled "Winning Forbidden" written by Anfried Schmitz for a 1990 issue of Cycling Science. The original article was translated into English by Gunnar Fehlau (author of the "Recumbent Cyclist") which was then edited by Wade H. Nelson. Mr. Nelson's adaptation of "Winning Forbidden" provides a wonderful perspective on the history of the recumbent bicycle.