What happens when bike companies use car technology
Posted Apr 02 2009 12:18pm
This is the Skua bike (make that velomobile) concept.
You' ll note that is powered by legs but looks and competes with a car for your daily commute.
The designer of the Skua, Adam Lazenby, believes:
" Automobiles are effortless. Their interiors are comfortable, dry
and climate controlled. They allow the occupants to bring cargo. In
order to encourage the world to use their own strength as a form of
transit we must first encourage the world to get out of their cars. Why
not create a bicycle that possesses these same qualities? Why not give
the car some competition? That is the mentality behind the Skua
(skyoo-uh), to provide the cyclist a smooth, dry and climate controlled
ride that requires minimal effort.
This style of
vehicle has been in existence for some time and is generally referred
to as a velomibile. Velomobiles are essentially recumbent tricycles
with aerodynamic body work. The Skua pushes the concept further.
velomobiles have exposed front wheels to allow the cycle to steer. This
creates drag. The Skua is able to tightly close in the front wheels by
using a trailing linkage rear wheel steering system. The two front
wheels drive the bicycle. The shell of the Skua is thermoformed plastic
from film and foam coextruded sheets. Gracefully forming the sheets
yields an appealing, aerodynamic and sound deadening ride. Competition
for the car has arrived."
Now if Lazenby could just stick a small gas engine in the Skau for those long uphills after a hard days work---he' d have the world' s first hybrid velomobile and a truly uniques concept.