Eric’s Lunatrike

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Eric Whiting is an architect in Saratoga Springs, NY who designed and built this recumbent trike. I am certainly no expert on recumbents, but the trike looks nice and features a pretty slick carbon fiber seat/ fender. In addition to the renderings and prototype photos, Eric sent me a 19-page pdf document that included his research, concept sketches, and development renderings. It also chronicled the construction of the prototype and showed images of the finished trike in use. I wish I could share the entire pdf with you, because it is a great example of a well documented design process. Unfortunately I can’t do so on the blog, so I have picked out just a few images.

Eric has a few pictures of the completed trike on a geocities page. He says he plans to put more images of his trike project on the web in the near future. When he does, I will update this post to point to the new site.

While I am on the subject of recumbents, I should mention that the latest issue of VeloVision Magazine (Issue 31, Sept 2008) feature a short report from the Human Powered Vehicle World Championship, which was held in Suffolk UK in August. The report was written by Mike Burrows and Richard Ballantine- both guys that I have a lot of respect for, so it was the first article that I read when I received the issue. The same issue has some good Eurobike coverage as well. Unfortunately, the content is not available on line, but if you are interested in bike designs that are a little out of the ordinary, it is a magazine that I highly recommend.

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4 Comments

  1. Peter Eland November 1, 2008 at 9:20 am -  Reply

    Hi James, thanks for the kind words… just one small point if I may – Velo Vision magazine content IS available online, in full, just not for free (sorry, gotta pay those bills)! See:

    http://www.exacteditions.com/exact/magazine/399/442

    All the best,

    Peter – Velo Vision

  2. Champs November 1, 2008 at 11:41 am -  Reply

    Couldn’t the aero wheels be obviated with some minor changes to the seat/fender mould to make it even more of a fairing?

  3. Elmo the Electric Bikes Guy November 1, 2008 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

    Gas prices at this time in Lexington, KY are around $2.00 a gal. However, the oil companies hook us and then have us pay more for gas inn cycles. I don’t trust them and I will continue to ride my electric bike as much as possible.

    By the way, these are the most incredible bikes I have ever seen. Thanks for an incredible blog!

  4. James November 4, 2008 at 12:19 pm -  Reply

    Thanks for that correction Peter. The online content is here for those of you who can’t click through to the link.

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