put our Heads Together
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: southeast pennsylvania
Bikes: a mountain bike with a cargo box on the back and aero bars on the front. an old well-worn dahon folding bike
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the laid back design of high-racers, whether trike or not, will not appeal to people who aren't very comfortable on a bike such as the ones k5fnd is probably referring to. Your average recumbent delta trike is probably more suited to that.
Back to my reply to post#1: Here are some non-ideal features of the bicycles of today:
--They don't store outdoors well-- being exposed to the weather usually makes the chain rust.
--Lights, helmet, and tools usually have to be carried with you when you leave the bike, rather than left with the bike. There is no locking compartment/trunk, and lights are not locked down.
--the rider is exposed to rain when riding in bad weather, and road grit often splashes up on to you whether or not you use fenders.
--bicyclists perceive themselves as being near-invisible to motorists, day or night. I think a blinking light (xenon strobe?) visible from front and sides, mounted on top of the helmet would make one safer... if it had the right combination of flash pattern and non-blinding brightness. Brighter in the day than at night might help?
But then, velomobiles solve some of these problems... I just can't afford one.
One nice thing about bicycles is that they're cheap compared to cars or public transit. Bad thing about bikes is that when you add features such as full-body covering (velomobile), 3rd wheel (trike), electric assist to help you maintain more car-like speeds, or large cargo capacity (like xtracycle) they quit being cheap. If we could get economies of scale like the car industry has, velomobiles and such might cost half as much, though.
Last edited by cerewa; 05-01-07 at 08:15 PM.