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NeilBlanchard 07-22-2011 06:30 AM

Velomobiles
 
This is awesome:

[youtube]cAcy7EVRpXc[/youtube]

There is electric assist available.

Edit: After posting this, I found out that the Netherlands company that makes the Mango is run/owned by none other than Allert Jacobs:

http://www.velomobiel.nl/mango/
http://ecomodder.com/blog/diy-aero-f...cycle-214-mpg/

dennyt 07-22-2011 05:00 PM

Yes, awesome. Great video!

I love how aerodynamic & efficient velomobiles are. But my biggest hang-up is the idea of riding one of these in traffic. I just don't believe they are as visible as bikes or cars. My commute is 24 miles, a mix of bike path & city core & pot-holed 4-lane industrial roads.

I have a lot of risky hobbies - I own five different helmets. But the two things I've promised my girlfriend are that I won't take up base jumping, and I won't commute on a recumbent :)

Christopher Jordan 07-29-2011 07:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dennyt (Post 251584)
Yes, awesome. Great video!)

Roll Across America started yesterday. 12/13 videos of ROAM takeoff from Portland:
Velomobile
Velomobiles Tour the U.S. This Summer - Transportation - GOOD
Interesting how Good called us Pod People!

NeilBlanchard 07-30-2011 09:51 PM

I found a Canadian company called bluevelo that builds licensed versions of a couple of the Velomobiel (Allert Jacobs) designs; they are near Toronto:

velomobile models - bluevelo

I have inquired with them about test rides, and electric assist, etc. :)

Christopher Jordan 07-31-2011 12:05 AM

Thanks for the thanks Neil! My 2004 Pod kit turned into E-Pod when I had a hub motor installed in 2007. It lasted from 2005 until 2011, but I dismantled the trike when I moved and now it is all locked up in my garage at the old place with the power off. 6 years of fun!

NeilBlanchard 08-02-2011 12:44 PM

Hey -- they already read my mind and built a DuoQuest:

http://www.recumbent-gallery.eu/wp-c...6-1024x768.jpg
(click on image for link)

There are two videos of the DuoQuest in action -- wicked cool! Allert Jacobs is a genius, pure and simple.

Frank Lee 08-02-2011 03:04 PM

I think that's the same thing some guys fitted a kite to for propulsion across Austrailia or some such.

euromodder 08-02-2011 03:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Frank Lee (Post 253734)
I think that's the same thing some guys fitted a kite to for propulsion across Austrailia or some such.

Yup.

http://velomobiel.wordpress.com/2011.../windexplorer/


Evonik Car & SUV
The Wind Explorer
http://carandsuv.s3.amazonaws.com/wp...xplorer-fq.jpg

Angmaar 08-02-2011 03:58 PM

A cupholder and no gas usage. Awesome!

NeilBlanchard 08-03-2011 08:10 AM

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