Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Weird Bike Wednesday - Folding Recumbent Trike

The Velorian folding recumbent trike
Here's an interesting design that apparently never made it off the drawing board. It is a recumbent tricycle that folds. There are a number of articles out there about it on websites like Behance, all dating back to 2010. It was designed by Mantas Palaima, an automotive / industrial designer from Lithuania. It looks like he put quite a bit of thought into the design, which features:
  • A carbon fiber frame
  • Underseat steering
  • Front wheel drive and rear wheel steering
  • Ten degrees of camber in the rear wheels to improve stability when cornering
  • 24" rear wheels and 19" front wheel
  • Folded size of 48" x 30" x 21"
My guess is that the concept never went into production because of cost. The reason recumbents and folding bikes cost more compared to standard bikes is they are produced in much smaller quantities. With a folding recumbent, it is a very small niche in the market.

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