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NormanF 05-23-14 12:21 PM

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Originally Posted by StephenH (Post 16769864)
Back when I was in college, I saw one of the then-newfangled velocars on campus. It was going about 10 mph.
There are several drawbacks. Weight and wind resistance being the major ones. If you fully enclose it, you have a sweatbox, if you leave it open, you don't really gain much over a bicycle.
Rhoades (or maybe Rhodes, not sure of the spelling) makes a 4-wheel car bike, which seems overpriced and clunky.

The higher-end Velocars like the yellow one pictured are a different matter. There, you're hopefully gaining in the aerodynamics department, so hopefully, you can make up some of what you lose in the weight side of things. Whether it all works out like that is a different matter.

It makes sense with an electric assist motor to help you get over steep hills. On the flats I imagine it wouldn't be any harder to peddle than a conventional bike.

Cute Boy Horse 05-23-14 06:45 PM

Wind resistance on a pedal car (or any car) is almost certainly always massively lower than on a bike. Cyclists are the least aerodynamic thing on the road, it's much more of a problem than weight.

Velomobiles like that yellow one are known to do 50+ miles an hour. Not special ones, no land speed record modifications.

delcrossv 05-30-14 01:47 PM

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Originally Posted by NormanF (Post 16785525)
It makes sense with an electric assist motor to help you get over steep hills. On the flats I imagine it wouldn't be any harder to peddle than a conventional bike.

Quests (the yellow one) can be ordered with e-assist.

Aqib600 06-12-14 03:55 AM

Good work, Keep it continue.

registrar 07-24-14 09:46 PM

I would like to get one of these with Lambo shell ! LOL :tandem::tandem:

Maelstril 09-15-14 02:35 PM

Not sure where you are located, but you may run into an issue with your local laws. I know here in virginia anything with more than 3 wheels(non stability) isnt considered a bike, you may have to register it. Otherwise that looks bad ass, enjoy it.

Philphine 09-15-14 04:07 PM

i like it. i've seen two rhodes cars here recently, but they're pretty far out of my crazy bike money range. i'm not sure if i could make one myself.

John Hood 09-21-14 12:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Maelstril (Post 17132896)
Not sure where you are located, but you may run into an issue with your local laws. I know here in virginia anything with more than 3 wheels(non stability) isnt considered a bike, you may have to register it. Otherwise that looks bad ass, enjoy it.

Just because it's not legally a bike though doesn't mean it can't be used on the roads. There are lots of vehicles like buggies, power chairs, skateboards and the like that are still allowed on the roads.


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