The engineer’s ultimate fun adult tricycle! The design of recumbent trikes offer both biomechanical and aerodynamic efficiencies. However, some adult tricycles take it to one more level by designing a full fairing, essentially enclosing the rider in a shell.
These velocipedes or velomobiles, as they’re often called, are street legal cycles, and may also be ridden on bike paths. The shells or fairings may be composed of a variety of materials. The velocipede by Go-One³ shown here includes a chassis made of a combination of carbon fiber, fiberglass, and kevlar.
The speed of a velomobile will be a bit faster than a standard recumbent trike due to improved aerodynamics. Additionally, fatigue will be less, enabling the rider to pedal longer. However, riding inside a plastic bubble is a bit like, well, exercising in a plastic bubble. Decreased air circulation means a hotter ride, and interior humidity can cause fogging (which can be remedied with an anti-fog agent).
What about visibility in traffic of this low ride adult tricycle? A lower profile likely makes the velomobile less visible than a large vehicle, although the unique design will certainly draw attention. This particular style of adult tricycle is not for those wishing to remain inconspicuous.
There are several designers of velomobiles around the world. For more information on the velomobile adult tricycles, take a visit to their website.