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Aerorider: Fully-Enclosed electric-assist bicycle

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June 4, 2004

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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.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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Good Innovation.

Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India

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