The Future in Human Powered Transportation

I like to take a step back form bicycles every once in a while and explore my other car-free-lifestyle options. In doing this I discovered something extremely beautiful, the velomobile.

You might be wondering, “Chris, you epitome of masculinity, what is a velomobile?” “Well,” I would say while flexing,” A velomobile is ‘A velomobile or bicycle car is a human-powered vehicle, enclosed for aerodynamic advantage and protection from weather and collisions. They are virtually always single-passenger vehicles. They are derived from recumbent bicycles and tricycles, with the addition of a full fairing (aerodynamic shell). There are few manufacturers of velomobiles; some are homebuilt.'”

So basically it is an enclosed recumbent tricycle, but come on! You never have to worry about rain again. It is basically a car that you peddle a la the Flintstones. The only downside is since it weighs so much it would probably not be good for Albany because of the hills. With current battery technology I can see someone attaching a motor to help with this issue in the future.

So decide for yourself. Is it the future or just a nice little toy? What do you think?

Written by Chris Belsole

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