Box 415, Vashon Island,
Washington  98070

stevesussman1941@gmail.com
Welcome to The Finer Recliner, micro-manufacturer of unique aftermarket recumbent CURVE neck rests, side mount kits and other accessories.  It's our goal to bring a new level of comfort to your riding experience and do it in a fun and creative way that lets you truly personalize your ride.  Hopefully all the information is here to help you make your selections, but please feel free to contact me with any questions or special requests. 

Recumbent accessories for:

•  ICE         •  Catrike          •  Trident       •  Greenspeed     •  Steintrike 
•  HP Velotechnik      •  Sun     •  Edge e2     •  Hase     •  ...and more

Recumbent Neck Rests
Custom Embroidery
Tail Lights
Custom Applications
Side Mount
Kits
Finer Recliner News and Stuff
Here's a small sample of recent customers' embroidery creations.  Check here for LOADS more examples, and here for helpful information about how to create your own unique embroidery.
Wondering whether you really need a neck rest, take a look at the Bentrideronline thread, "How necessary is a head/neck rest on a trike?"  http://www.bentrideronline.com/messageboard/showthread.php?t=9356

Neck Rest Kits
NEW MODEL 3 CURVE kit with slide mount is now available.  The slide mount was originally designed for the Greenspeed Magnum so that the neck rest mount wouldn't interfere with the rear rack when the seat back was reclined at a more severe angle.  Its been tested on a Greenspeed GTO, where there's little room between the upper seat brace tube and the rear rack, and BROL's version of Ming the Merciless, the arch-dispenser of justice, the arbiter of "out of order", the infamous Blue Coyote (aka Cornell) has also tested the Model 3 on his ICE trike where it can be center-mounted without interfering with the rear fender or rack.  So far it has gotten a "thumbs up" from the testers.

What's especially neat about this new prototype model is that the design is a collaboration with Pat Franz of TerraCycle, who's making the circular clamps that secure the slide tower to the seat brace tube.  I'm hoping this is just the first of several opportunities to work with Pat and use some of his incredible high-quality accessories.

How's this prototype different from a Model 2 CURVE kit?
  It doesn't use a mtb stem for the base mount; it's lighter; vertical adjustment can be done very quickly by hand using the quick release clamp...no tools needed; there's no extra tube showing; for storing you can quickly remove the neck rest and "T" tower without tools; it's a center mount...and I think it looks great. 

What's not different?  Same great CURVE neck rest, the same (actually a bit more) total adjustability, same great location for mounting tail lights, and it's rock-solid.
Poly wicking Riding Jerseys in long and short sleeves embroidered with your image.
Ball Caps and Runners Caps
embroidered with your image.

BRILLIANT! Here's an ingenious innovation that also happens to look great - Steven (FlyingLow on BROL) came up with a neat way to mount a rack on his rear-suspended Catrike Road using a CURVE kit as his base.  The rack is an Axiom Flip Flop.  It also comes in a DLX model which includes side braces if you're using a tail trunk bag with drop-down side panniers.  Because it's mounted to the CURVE and the seat back it's independent of the suspended rear end.  Brilliant, Steven!
Here's the same Axiom Flip Flop DLX rack with side braces.
EMBROIDERY.  Here's a great way to take the wait time out of custom embroidery...AND answer the question, "How come you ride a trike?"  This image has been so popular we're now keeping these embroidered covers in stock in 5 Bright, Candy-colored combinations.  Now you can just order one when you order your CURVE...no extra waiting time.  Just let us know which color you'd like when you fill out your order.  And the additional good news is that this embroidery is only $20.


If you look carefully at this recent batch of neck rest covers you'll see a half-dozen sporting the Hampton's Edgelogo.  That's because Regis and Cindy have outfitted their entire Catrike rental fleet with CURVE kits. 

So if you're anywhere near Floral City, Florida, want to ride the beautiful Withlacoochee Trail and either can't or don't want to bring your trikes, you're in luck.  You can rent a Catrike from Regis and Cindy, and try out a CURVE kit while you enjoy a wonderful ride on one of Florida's best bike trails.

After your ride check out their great trike selection and enjoy customer service at its best!


TAIL LIGHTS.  It's getting dark earlier, and we have near-unbeatable deals on 1 watt PlanetBike Superflash Turbos, Portland Design Works Radbot 1000s and Danger Zones, and 2 watt Cygolite Hotshot USB rechargeable lights.   Your CURVE kit "L" and "T" towers are the perfect mounting spot, and because they don't weigh much there's no extra ship charge when you order other gear.  Check them out here.
  Check them ut here.
WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THIS BEFORE?  While I get lots of really nice comments about the CURVE kits, I've occasionally heard that they make it hard to fit a trike into a hatchback.  They're the tallest part of the trike and in some cases will simply get in the way of fitting the trike into the back of the car.
So I came up with what I hope is a real improvement.  Check out this link and see what's coming to all Model 2 CURVE kits.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4O4TGQ3w8Jw&list=UUVHpVRoiE2YBRaJseYP61_A

All Model 2 kits are now coming with the new
Quick Release mtb stem base.

As of April 15 I'll be shutting down the factory for about a month to five weeks.

Business has been great.  And while I'm extremely grateful, the result has been that I'm living full time either on the computer, in the shop or running errands for shipping or parts.  And I've had absolutely no time for anything else.

I need some time to catch up, clean up, plan some better ways for one person to manage this mayhem...and also to finish the development of what I think will be some very exciting new stuff.

So as of April 15 I plan to stop taking orders until most likely the third week in May.  I'll finish and ship all orders that are in the queue by April 15 as quickly as I can, and between now and the 15th I'll try to build up some inventory of CURVE kits and side mount kits.  I'll also continue to answer emails, although possibly not as quickly.

The Finer Recliner aside, what I know about me is that historically I haven't been very good at striking a balance between work and life. Now at 73, with a new knee, brand new mountain bike, some very cool partly done projects in the shop aching to be messed with, nicer weather, a dog pining to go riding, 3 trikes, a partner who's a wonderful playmate, kids and grandkids to be visited...and a real sense that every single day is a precious gift, it's time to do some things very differently.

I'll fire the factory back up in May in what I believe will be a much better fashion - same quality, faster service, greater sanity.  In the meantime enjoy the website.

Thanks for your understanding.

- Steve
 April 15 we will be closing until mid to late May.