Aerorider: Fully-Enclosed electric-assist bicycle
By Mike Hanlon
June 4, 2004
Aerorider is an urban commuting solution that cheats wind, rain and traffic to provide a low-cost, environmentally friendly mode of transport. When using the electric motor to assist pedalling, the single-person Aerorider can achieve speeds of 45 kmh without raising a sweat and the aerodynamic design delivers a drag coefficient around one tenth that of a standard bicycle.
Primarily for commuters who would normally leave their bicycle at home in wet and cold conditions, the Aerorider includes ample luggage space within the composite frame. Steering is controlled with a joystick and an onboard computer provides real-time information on speed and distance covered as well as anti-theft protection.
The narrow shape and light weight of the Aerorider make it simple to handle and suitable for use in bicycle lanes. In comparison to a car it causes minimal emission, it's easy to park and reduces traffic noise.
Designed by Aerospace engineer Gjalt Wijma, the hull of the prototype Aerorider has undergone wind tunnel tests at the University of Delft in the Netherlands since 1999 and a production model - due for release in the second quarter of 2003.
Check back to Gizmo soon for details of the upcoming production model or visit www.aerorider.com to learn more.