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USS Conversion to a Double Vision

Vision Recumbent was a strong recumbent brand for about 10 years (Vision went out of business in 2003). They were well recognized for their Under Seat Steering (USS) recumbent design.

This Double Vision tandem was purchased used by Peg who happens to have a single Vision (USS R-42 with a 16" front wheel). She purchased the tandem with Over Seat Steering (OSS) and she had us convert it to USS as that's her preference and after a couple of summers riding it OSS she knew that she wanted it converted.

The conversion was a pretty large task in that the parts are not available, so we had to make them. We used seatpost clamps on each side handlebar which meant that the bars were adjustable up and down as well as in or out. The conversion ended with a great position that pleased the owner very much.

These types of jobs are a real challenge and very satisfying at the same time. Being that Perennial Cycle was one of Vision's largest dealers for many of their years in business, we certainly are familiar enough with their designs to pull off this job.

3 thoughts on “USS Conversion to a Double Vision”

  • Steve

    I see that you have converted an OSS double vision to USS, Do you have the parts to convert a USS to an OSS? I have an USS vision r40 that I would like to sell, but the preference down here in New Mexico seems to be OSS. So, I was trying to figure out if it could be done and how much it might cost for the parts, at least. Thanks in advance for any help you might be able to provide.

    • Perennial

      Hi Steve,
      We have done several OSS conversions using RANS components.
      We even did a few before Vision went out of business as some people preferred the RANS OSS system.

  • John

    I have a Vision R40 that needs not only the OSS components, but the fork and wheel as well. Can you tell me what RANS components you put together to do the conversion? Where did you get the parts? And, where could I get a 16" wheel and fork as well?

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