Late in 2008, I asked what would get more people out riding in 2009. Bicycle Design took it one step further and put on a contest to get the creative juices flowing from people who make be able to make it a reality. This week they announced the winner, and while I agree that this is one of the more innovative designs in the bunch, and the designer got quite a bit right, I’m still not 100% sold on the concept.
My biggest concern is for new riders who haven’t been on a bike before, getting them into a recumbent, or semi-recumbent position is going to be a big hurdle. It definitely can be spun as the most like a car ride position, but I think the low to the ground position would make many shy away. Don’t get me wrong, I’d ride one in a heartbeat if someone gave it to me, but I don’t know how many others I could convince to get ‘low and mean,’ ala Big Wheel style.
Be sure to catch all the discussion about the selection process at BicycleDesign, it’s really interesting.