If you take a recumbent tricycle and enclose it in an aerodynamic fuselage, what you end up with is known as a velomobile. The vehicles are significantly faster than bicycles on the flats and downhills, plus they offer more weather protection, but they do tend to be heavy – this can make hill-climbing quite an ordeal. Some manufacturers compensate for this limitation by offering electric assist motors as optional extras, although these just add even more weight, along with boosting what is already often a pretty high price tag.
Photo: David Buchwaldek Human Powered Electric Amphibious Vehicle (HEPAV) A velomobile is a "a human-powered vehicle, enclosed for aerodynamic advantage and protection from weather and collisions, [...] derived from recumbent bicycl... Read Post
Velomobiles are certainly a unique form of transportation. They’re essentially human-powered recumbent tricycles, with a full-body fairing to increase their aerodynamics and protect against inclement weather. Most of them are made i... Read Post