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Velomobile: no gas, burns calories, safe like a car, it’s fun

Most Americans have never seen one before. When Stephen Mosca takes his out on the street, he says he’s treated like a mini Mini Cooper.

velomobile guarantees you protection from rain, sun, and even cold, but you still need to pedal. Because underneath the aerodynamic shell that gives it the sleek look of a minicar lies a recumbent bicycle.

The fairing (shell) not only helps protect drivers against the elements (and even collisions to some extent) but creates an aerodynamic advantage that makes it one of the fastest bicycles on the road.

Mosca bought his first velomobile about ten years ago when he was looking for something that would protect him on his daily commute. Today, he pedals the 15 miles to work in a full business suit with his briefcase and morning coffee tucked in alongside.

It’s technically a bike, but some call it a bicycle-car and it does straddle the line. It has both a bell and a horn. It’s human-powered, but his ride is equipped with headlights, backlights, turn signals, odometer, and iPhone dock.

There’s even the option to install an electric pedal assist kit to really blur the line between a human-powered vehicle and something more like an electric vehicle.

It draws enough attention- there are only a few dozen owners in the U.S.- that Stephen set up shop and now sells these bicycle cars online for his business Under Cover Cycling.

In this video, Stephen takes us for a ride- in full work attire- from his home through the streets of Maywood, New Jersey in his Mango model.

  • Steve Istvan Lorincz

    Very nice vehicle indeed. However it raises a concern.

    I would like to quote from a letter of a dear friend, physician from whom I asked his opinion about back injury possibilities riding a velomobile .

    I quote “ I think this will be bad on your back. I think there is almost 100% chance of back injury or even disk herniation from long distance bicycle with this amazing looking tricycle. Remember, the tires and suspension will not protect your back and the long term vibration and movement will almost guarantee back injury. It would be very risky to ride 1000’s of km in any moving vehicle let alone this tricycle. It also looks very sleek, but also so smooth in its lines that many cars will not even notice it on the road, increasing risk of collision.” end of quote.

    Collision is my less concerned, more concerns me a back injury. Planing a long long trip, from Japan to Europe…Your thoughts?