The week long 2015 World Human Powered Speed Challenge attracts athletes and engineers from around the world to combine technology and muscle power in a single goal. Their goal is to achieve the fastest flat track human powered speeds in the world. Currently the fastest human is Sebastiaan Bowier of Human Power Team Delft. In 2013 he set the speed record at 83.13 MPH!
Wayne Shook has created an amazing program called HPV Shell Designer which allows Windows computer users to easily create a CAD model of a scale human powered vehicle rider, frame and shell. This allows people to create a fairing that they know will fit them and their bike. This image shows a lowracer frame with a camera bike shell, but users can create trikes, prone bikes, or even upright bike fairing designs. More...
Ralph Koser has been building and racing recumbent bikes since before I got involved in HPVs. I have vivid memories of him zipping around the track in his micro-liners. Mike has written a great article highlighting the cycles that Ralph has built over the years and here it is: Ralph Koser's Recumbent Cycles
Light & Motion had a booth set up at the 2014 Recumbent Cycle-Con and I stopped by to check out the lights. The product at the Light & Motion that caught my eye was a lightweight USB rechargeable unit with a separate head and tail light that straps to your helmet.
I chatted with the booth representative for a while and he also showed me a USB rechargeable tail light which seemed blindingly bright in the convention hall. After the show, the L&M rep gave me the VIS360 and VIS180 bicycle lights and said they would appreciate a review on the products. They seemed like great products and they are made in the USA so I agreed to review them. Read More....
The week long 2014 World Human Powered Speed Championships is over. At this event racers from around the world combine technology and athletics to achieve the fastest flat track human powered speeds in the world. Currently the fastest human is Sebastiaan Bowier of Human Power Team Delft. In 2013 he set a new speed record of 83.13 MPH!
These instructions describe how to build a dual 20" short wheelbase (SWB) recumbent bicycle using garage sale parts in 10 steps. If you have some scrounging and building ability, access to some tools, and some time, you will be able to build your own nice handling and comfortable recumbent bike.
You will be able to find most of the items at garage sales or even put out on the curb as "junk" for for waste pick up. Read more...
In 1934 a French second category professional track cyclist named Francois Fauvre rode the Velocar to record speeds, breaking both the mile and kilometer records of the day. This created a storm of controversy within the UCI.
The debate centered on whether the Velocar was a bicycle and if the records were legal. In 1934 the UCI ruled against the Mochet-Faure records, banning recumbent bicycles and aerodynamic devices from racing. More info with pictures and video