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Rogerborg
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PostPosted: 10:01 - 04 Nov 2012    Post subject: Anyone for an "electric velomobile"? Reply with quote

In English: a recumbant with a bodyshell and a motor.

http://krisdedecker.typepad.com/.a/6a00e0099229e88833017ee4630bd6970d-700wi

You'll look like a giant cock. Literally. It won't filter as well as any 2 wheeler. In the event of a collision (which seems likely) you'll need to be cut out of it. Even with electric assist, it's still no faster than a moped. It's a Sinclair C5 with the wheels the right way round.

And yet... hmm... no license plate (so you're effectively above the law, like every other pedalist, amirite?), no insurance, can be realistically charged off a solar panel (charge one battery at home during the day, swap out each night), plus you'll look like a giant cock. Thumbs Up

Anyone remotely tempted?
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PostPosted: 14:28 - 04 Nov 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nope.
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PostPosted: 17:48 - 05 Nov 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes. Just think how you could impress the wimmen by passing repeatedly through any available tunnels Cool
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PostPosted: 18:06 - 05 Nov 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't see it being a hit with school run mums, although they are the people more likely to actually SMIDSY hit it.
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PostPosted: 13:11 - 06 Nov 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like.
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PostPosted: 15:56 - 06 Nov 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

jackw72 wrote:
I like [giant cocks]

WINNER! Thumbs Up
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PostPosted: 16:11 - 06 Nov 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have nothing against giant cocks.
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PostPosted: 17:02 - 06 Nov 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is that unusual_wang's ride?

lmao http://krisdedecker.typepad.com/.a/6a00e0099229e88833017d3cedb721970c-500wi

it's so retarded that it's practically a parody of itself
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PostPosted: 18:54 - 06 Nov 2012    Post subject: Re: Anyone for an "electric velomobile"? Reply with quote

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Air resistance becomes increasingly influential at higher speeds, and becomes the dominant force at speeds above 25 km/h (15.5 mph)

To be legal in the UK without license, insurance etc, the electric motor can't work above this speed, ironically enough.

Making the 'point' of it a bit questionable.

I do think very light weight electric vehicles make a lot of sense for 'the future'. But so far, economics suggests you just get a few more batteries rather than a massive fairing to increase your range.

We are limited to 200w for a bicycle or 250w for a trike; in some states in the US I believe it's more like 1kw to still be considered along with push bikes. With that sort of power in a push bike setting it starts to become a very realistic option for getting about.
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PostPosted: 19:43 - 06 Nov 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

The article was a bit of eye opener about the mess of laws and licensing that are essentially keeping efficient, lightweight, usable vehicles off the road. Thumbs Down

There is the interesting suggestion that because it's enclosed, how is anyone going to know that you're electrolocomoting instead of pedalling? If you just say that it's a 25kph electric vehicle, then it flies under the regulatory radar. The perfect crime? Thinking
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PostPosted: 20:00 - 06 Nov 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got some odd looks when I'm pedaling slowly and zipping up a hill on my electric bike. (Do need to assist the motor to keep the pace going, but when I was a bit more overweight it'd mean the difference between getting to the top a bit sweaty/tired and being fine as well as a fair bit quicker.)

How are people to know I don't just have really powerful legs?

Some most-excellent 'trolling' can be found here along that vein.
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