Cycling is a sport with a lot of different domains, it is a very wide sports branch.
Wether you’d like to race a bike, go offroad, do tricks, jump, for each branch there is a specific bicycle developed. One of the more special bikes is the recumbent bike or Velomobile.
It is a totally different concept if you look to the general picture of a bike. The main concept however is the same, drive a drivetrain with human power.
A few years ago the university of TU Delft, well known for their aerodynamical knowledge, started developing their own velomobile in trying to beat the world recordholder in having the fastest velomobile around. The main advantages of the velomobile is the speed increase you can gain from his aerodynamic position low to the ground.
Due to this factor much higher speeds can be gained with less human power as it would be with a normal race bike. It is no coincidence that the velomobile is based upon the geometry of a water drop which still has the lowest drag coefficient. For three years they’ve tried to beat the world record which they eventually did. They reached a topspeed of 133.78 km/h taken into account that the rider was a pro-athlete. Nevertheless this shows the speed possibilities of this strange vehicle.
In my opinion it is a great solution for people who want to go tot heir job by bike. Most of the time the distance that needs to be travelled are slightly too large for most of the people and it would take too much time. With the velomobile normal speeds of 40 km/h can be achieved easily which make it much more attractive.
This is not the only reason why it should be a good solution, another reason is being waterproof. One of the main reasons why people won’t go to work by bike is due to bad weather conditions. With the velomobile you won’t get wet!
Another reason is the position of the rider on the bike. Most of the riders of a velomobile say it is comfortable position which removes the annoying saddle pain.
On the other hand I am realistic, this is not the kind of bike you should use in an urban environment.
But on the other hand when you can ride to your work in an countryside region, along a canal for example, you can reach much furter distances in much less time.
What do you think of this transportation vehicle?