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Old 05-19-21, 05:33 PM
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Podbike velomobile

What do you think about the Podbike? Interesting that it has 4 wheels.
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Old 05-20-21, 07:58 PM
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Cool, but I dont think the 4 wheeler would be street legal in my state. We are limited to three wheels.
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Old 05-20-21, 08:00 PM
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Cool, but I dont think the 4 wheeler would be street legal in my state. We are limited to three wheels.
Do you have a list of states where a 4 wheel velomobile is considered a car?
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Originally Posted by seibaatgung View Post
Do you have a list of states where a 4 wheel velomobile is considered a car?
I'm not aware of any list that exists. You just have to look up your own state's definition of a bike. Some states say a bike has 2 or 3 wheels, some say 2 or more. If 4 wheels isn't a bike in your state, you'd have to register it as a car and insure it, which might be expensive.
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Old 05-22-21, 07:18 PM
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
I'm not aware of any list that exists. You just have to look up your own state's definition of a bike. Some states say a bike has 2 or 3 wheels, some say 2 or more. If 4 wheels isn't a bike in your state, you'd have to register it as a car and insure it, which might be expensive.
Which defeats much of the purpose of getting a velomobile.
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Old 05-24-21, 04:22 AM
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
I'm not aware of any list that exists. You just have to look up your own state's definition of a bike. Some states say a bike has 2 or 3 wheels, some say 2 or more. If 4 wheels isn't a bike in your state, you'd have to register it as a car and insure it, which might be expensive.
thereís been some debate on that on the bentrider forum, mostly surrounding the Quattrovelo. Just because it isnít defined as a bicycle doesnít mean itís a car. If you wanted to buy one and were really concerned it would probably be worth consulting with a lawyer.

I think the general consensus was that if you didnít have e-assist, cops wouldnít bother you any more than with any other velo. But if you had e-assist you were in a grey zone and may be challenged.
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Originally Posted by skier View Post
I think the general consensus was that if you didnít have e-assist, cops wouldnít bother you any more than with any other velo. But if you had e-assist you were in a grey zone and may be challenged.
Great to know. I'm the kind of person who would only use the e-assist for climbing hills
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Old 05-25-21, 06:44 AM
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I'd imagine it gets hot inside pretty quick.
Flat tire might be a pain to change, maybe it has solid rubber tires.
Until the novelty wears out, it will just be hated among motor vehicle traffic as bicycles.. only it takes up more of the road that motorists may think belong to them.
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Originally Posted by cat0020 View Post
I'd imagine it gets hot inside pretty quick
Most of them have vents if not ac
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Flat tire might be a pain to change, maybe it has solid rubber tires.
Pretty sure I've never heard of a velomobile with solid tires. Solid tires are for a pretty narrow use case - roads that are consistently bad (gives flats) but not very bad (enough to damage wheel), with no possible time to put in a new tube.
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Old 05-25-21, 09:43 AM
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Regardless whether it has AC inside, have you tried working out in a AC gym? still gets hot.

Transport & storage of these 4-wheeled vehicle are still going to be a hassle.. for any mechanical issues it may encounter, especially when you get a flat tire.
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Old 05-25-21, 05:29 PM
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Regardless whether it has AC inside, have you tried working out in a AC gym? still gets hot.

Transport & storage of these 4-wheeled vehicle are still going to be a hassle.. for any mechanical issues it may encounter, especially when you get a flat tire.
Pretty sure it would be less, since the wheel is at the end of an axle
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Not sure what you mean by "less".. getting a flat tire still render it inoperable and in need of transport to a destination to get the flat tire fixed.. whether it be a garage or shop.. unless you carry the tools and spare within the Podbike.. all that extra weight.
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Not sure what you mean by "less".. getting a flat tire still render it inoperable and in need of transport to a destination to get the flat tire fixed.. whether it be a garage or shop.. unless you carry the tools and spare within the Podbike.. all that extra weight.
easier to switch out the tube when you don't have to take the wheel off the bike. easier to carry a tube in the storage compartment of a velomobile.
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Old 05-26-21, 03:22 AM
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So by "less" you meant "easier"?
Have you ever tried to fix a flat on a 4-wheeled vehicle without taking the wheel off the vehicle?
IME of changing flat tires after three decades, it is not easier.

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Old 05-26-21, 03:47 AM
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So by "less" you meant "easier"?
Have you ever tried to fix a flat on a 4-wheeled vehicle without taking the wheel of of the vehicle?
IME of changing flat tires after three decades, it is not easier.
Much easier to drag a velomobile to grass and put it on its side than a car.
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Originally Posted by seibaatgung View Post
What do you think about the Podbike? Interesting that it has 4 wheels.
I like it. I may get something like that in the future.
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Originally Posted by alo View Post
I like it. I may get something like that in the future.
I personally like the Drycycle, but I would have to import it from the UK. Also it's not recumbent, which makes it less efficient but more visible.
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And you've dragged a 4-wheeled vehicle onto grass, side of road and changed a flat tire without taking the wheel off before?
You seem to fail to answer my question in previous post
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And you've dragged a 4-wheeled vehicle onto grass, side of road and changed a flat tire without taking the wheel off before?
You seem to fail to answer my question in previous post
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An electric velomobile is around 250 pounds. I can squat that. Pretty sure most cyclists can.
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I didn't ask what you can squat, stop avoiding the question.
IME, more recumbent riders are likely to have back issues, could do without lifting 250 lb. when changing a flat tire.

Bicycles in general about practicality, take up less space in traffic & storage when not in use.
Purposed priority on these human powered 4-wheeled or 3-wheeled vehicles seems to be weather protection, over practicality & minimize space occupation.

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I didn't ask what you can squat, stop avoiding the question.
I'm not avoiding the question. I'm assuming it's not as simple as a carbon bike but it's not beyond my capabilities either.
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Stop assuming, I didn't ask if it was beyond you capabilities, I was simply asking whether you've done it, ever?
Sure seems like you're avoiding the question..
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Stop assuming, I didn't ask if it was beyond you capabilities, I was simply asking whether you've done it, ever?
Sure seems like you're avoiding the question..
perhaps I was too indirect.
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I'm not avoiding the question. I'm assuming it's not as simple as a carbon bike but it's not beyond my capabilities either.
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Simple yes or no answer would do.

Your inability to be direct at answering simple question is not my problem.
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Simple yes or no answer would do.

Your inability to be direct at answering simple question is not my problem.
No
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