It has been a while since I have passed along any of the entries from last year’s “commuter bike for the masses” design competition. I have been busy with other things, but I do still have quite a few of the entries to share. As a follow up to my last post, I will show you one more of the velomobile entries that we received…ecogo by Walter Graf.
Here is what Walter had to say about his design:
“ecogo is a concept recumbent bicycle designed to get commuters out of their cars and onto – or into – bikes. The recumbent features a reverse-tricycle design to keep it stable and take the balancing act out of riding a bike. With its laid-back seat and ergonomic pedalling position, the rider / driver can relax and take it easy while pedalling. The bike will stay upright even when going up hills slowly in the “granny gear.”
The carbon fiber and formed plexiglass shell protects the rider / driver from the elements, just as a car would, so this can no longer be an excuse for not biking. Its aerodynamic shape reduces the drag from the wind, which, along with the low profile, make riding at high speeds much less tiring than on a conventional double-diamond frame bike.
Safety features such as front and rear lights, brake signals, and turn signals can easily be added as pedal-powered accessories for those that wish, and all controlled simply from the under-seat steering system. There is even space behind the seat for the backpack, briefcase, or groceries (in reusable grocery bags, of course).
ecogo is ready to go. Are you?”
While I am posting, I want to say thanks to all of you who have recently emailed me some great links and tips. I am a bit behind on the blog at the moment, so I haven’t been able to respond to all of the messages personally, but I do appreciate each and every one of them. I will sort through all of those emails soon, so look for one those long posts of unrelated links in the near future.