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Nazca Ligfietsen

Nazca Ligfietsen
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Who are they ?

Nazca Ligfietsen started in 1998 as the one-man business of Henk van der Woerdt in Hengelo under the name Innovative Cycle Works. The first design of this company was a suspended recumbent with foldable handlebars. Originally I.C.W. wanted to market several different products, but this first product was so well-received that they soon decided that recumbents were their main product.

They needed a brand name and chose Nazca, named after the pre-Inca civilization in Peru, famous for the Nazca Lines and special figures in the Nazca Valley.

On 1 January 2000 I.C.W. ceased to exist and VOF Nazca Ligfietsen came into being with Monique Holterman and Henk van der Woerdt as business partners (and life partners through thick and thin). 
Soon both partners were working until the middle of the night and more than was healthy for them to assemble the ordered bicycles, which led to the outsourcing of production work to other companies as much as possible.
In the meantime a move was necessary due to lack of space. 

In 2001 they moved to the current location in Nijeveen (Drenthe). In addition to the development of new models, this was initially also the location for assembling all bicycles.
In the beginning of 2004 Nazca made a very important decision, as the assembly of recumbents was becoming too much. This was the gradual and eventually complete outsourcing of the assembly work to Rainbow in Aalten. There was already a long cooperation with these highly experienced colleagues in frame construction and coating. And in 2013, the entire production and powder coating of steel frames takes place there, and based on order specification the bikes are assembled by Rainbow.
In most cases, final inspection and packaging of the bikes is done in Nijeveen. This is also where the ordered parts arrive. Meanwhile, Nazca Ligfietsen has eight models in a large number of versions to its credit. The bicycles are individually made to order, so each Nazca recumbent is a unique specimen!

Until 2013 there are approximately 3000 Nazca recumbents built by hand that have found their way to satisfied customers in many countries in Europe and elsewhere!



Models star for bicycle touring and Globe-trotters !


"Many people see the Pioneer with under-seat steering as the ultimate recumbent for travelling, optimally suited for long tours with lots of luggage where the journey sometimes keeps going even when the asphalt stops. The under-seat steering provides a relaxed arm position and an unobstructed forward view.

The under-seat steering operates indirectly (with a steering rod as a connection between under-steering and front fork) which provides an optimal steering position and also means the under-steering is not in the way when you get on or off the bicycle. Large banana bags and bags attached to lowrider mounts are no problem, because the indirect under-steering makes the turning cycle small."

Our  friends, Amanda & Olivier ( Globicyclette ), who we had met around Lyon have traveled with this model, find their adventure on their road book !




Le Nazca Quetzal

"The Nazca Quetzal-tandem builds on our proven range of solo recumbents. With almost 15 years in the business, our customers already know how committed we are to building high quality bikes here in the Netherlands.
Now two can enjoy Nazca’s renowned comfort with the aerodynamic advantage of one. Add to this a superb spec which includes Rohloff gearing and a frame that can be folded or separated for transport and we know that the new Quetzal is a bike you and your co-pilot will really enjoy.
Other features include rear suspension and a rack rated at 30 kg. max.

With a range of adjustment possibilities we are sure you’ll find the Quetzal the most comfortable bicycle tandem in its class."

No need to draw you a picture, this one is our favorite, you can follow its progress throughout our journey !

Nazca Ligfietsen

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