If your a DIY trike builder type, I can see this happening. Team up the Atomic Zombie Warrior trike plans and an Aero Bullet Velomobile Body Kit and you could have an aerodynamic velomobile of your own for $1500 or so. This could happen if Silver Bullet Bodyworks brings their velomobile kit to market in 2014 for the target price of $1,000. Brad, owner of AtomicZombie, has stated he has never spent over $250 on an AZ build. This could be the perfect match up.
The Aero Bullet
As quoted from the Aero Bullet web page, “The Aero Bullet prototype is mounted on a Catrike Trail model but is designed to fit most recumbent trikes currently on the market. The body fastens to an undertray rigidly hung from the chassis with ride height adjustment.” Their website further states “Prototype testing shows a speed increase of over 30% with the same effort. Wind tunnel testing is scheduled for late 2013 and kits are projected to be available in early 2014.” They also state “Production bodywork will be Kevlar with fiberglass edges. Total body weight is expected to be 12 to 13 lbs” In other places I have read that the side walls of the Aero Bullet are vertical allowing you to trim the bottom to adjust the velo body height to fit your trike. Well 2014 is almost here dangit, bring it on. I’m excited.
I’ve been a frequent visitor of the Atomic Zombie forum and I have seen many nice builds of the AZ StreetFox and AZ Warrior trikes that may be a perfect match with the Aero Bullet kit. Canadian builder Spinner has built a beautiful AZ Warrior if you would like to read through his build thread.
I see no exact measurements on this kit so I guess we’ll have to wait and see if mods will need to be made to what we are presently riding.
I can see this as being a viable option for us having a truly aerodynamic velomobile at an affordable price. I wish them well. If you have a real interest in this product you could send a note showing your support. Info is on their contact page.
I think I’ll paint mine RED.
Why Doesn’t Everyone Ride a Recumbent?
On occasion I run into a reference to Kent’s Bike Blog. I’ve written of him several times in my blog. I’m never disappointed when I follow that reference to a post that is either entertaining, informative or humorous. Kent writes well and I envy that. I don’t envy some of his misguided beliefs that some people are comfortable on “horsey bikes” and that you can make soap from WD40.
Today I was doing some research on DIY velomobiles and Google threw a completely unrelated link at me, or so I thought. I noticed that the link was to Kent’s Bike Blog and I could not resist clicking on it to read of Kent’s view on DIY velomobiles. I’ve yet to understand why Google would reference this article but I’m glad it did. I guess the Google gods knew that I had just finished reading a lively discussion on BROL about the virtues of riding a bent vs an upright and Google thought I needed propaganda from the other side of the fence. Could Google be that misguided also? You do know that Google follows what you do and say on your computer, don’t you?
Well, in the interest of being fare and fare minded and armed with a mind full of arguments on the side of recumbents I refer you to Kent’s Bike Blog and Why doesn’t everyone ride a recumbent? If your not well founded in your recumbentcy maybe you should just move on and not expose yourself to such hypocrisy. I know that my spell checker does not think that recumbentcy is a word but I know it is or I would not know how to spell it.
EDIT: Just for the record I rode upright bikes during the 80’s and did very well with them. For the last few years I’ve been riding an assortment of recumbent bikes and trikes and I get along very well with them. Ride what makes you happy.
I’m a basic 2 forum person. I started my recumbent interest at Atomic Zombie. AZ is a builders site that sells recumbent plans and has a support forum to help builders with any build problem wither AZ plans or self planned builds. Over time I migrated to Bent Rider Online Forum (BROL). BROL is a very active forum with many sub-forums dealing with bikes, trikes, velomobiles, health, homebuilding, Power Assist and many more. I often follow a link from one forum to another forum that I don’t frequent and later I can’t find my way back to that forum. Sooooooooooooo, I though I would make myself a list of related forums. Send me an e-mail if you have a forum to add to my list, I’ll consider it if it is recumbent or velomobile related. texastuffATliveDOTcom
I can see that this list is going to get quite long so decided to give it a life of its own and created a page for recumbent and velomobile links. And it is located here. https://texasrecumbents.wordpress.com/links/ I’ll add to it as time permits.