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Commuter, Concept 6 720

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.

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  1. david May 12, 2009 at 10:00 am -  Reply

    you write so advanced in the article, I am very happy to visit your blog and learn more after you read any posts

  2. Brian May 12, 2009 at 2:36 pm -  Reply

    how does it steer?

  3. James May 12, 2009 at 2:46 pm -  Reply

    Good question, Brian. It appears to be another rear steering concept…and the problems associated with rear wheel steering have been mentioned on the blog a few times.

  4. Pixelman May 14, 2009 at 4:07 pm -  Reply

    Advice: try a real velomobile 😉

  5. Eric May 16, 2009 at 7:38 pm -  Reply

    I see a lot of velomobile concepts and covered bikes/trikes out there being proposed by designers. With all the recent developments with public bike infrastructure, rising fuel costs and increased eco-awareness among the general public, I think HPV’s are about to emerge as a viable option to cars for local transportation. Electric assist will overcome many of the weight and hillcimbing issues.

    Ecogo is a very nice proposal and very atractive…My only concern is the very low, recumbent seating position and its effect on visibility and entry/egress. Aerodynamics are important, but for everyday riders ease of use is just as important.

  6. Scott June 10, 2009 at 10:53 am -  Reply

    I find these concepts very intriguing. However, even with the latest materials these things will be very heavy relative to a bicycle. Pedaling a 100lb velomobile (even with aero design) is a sweaty, slow slog of a ride.

    These things only make sense if they include an electric assist, or an electric drivetrain with a pedal assist.

    the only models I've seen that have that (like Goblin) are $10,000!!

    You aren't going to get anybody other than tinkerers and "the fringe" of the cycling community into these things if they cost as much as a reasonably priced car.

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