A design engineer from Sweden has come up with the neat idea of a four-wheeled bike covered by a fabric body.
Meet Mikael Kjellman, an outdoorsy guy who developed the PodRide which he describes as being an all-weather, four-wheeled bike that he’s being using for well over a year now. Only a prototype at this stage, the PodRide is a velomobile with a full waterproof body and it even has a trunk to carry small items such as shopping bags. It also has been fitted with a bike trailer and rides on studded tires in the winter to ensure traction on Sweden’s icy roads.
When you don’t want to pedal, the PodRide is powered by a 250-watt electric motor sourced from a regular e-bike and can reach speeds of up to 15.5 mph (25 kph). It weighs 154 pounds (70 kilograms) and has a decent range of around 37 miles (60 km) which should be enough for one day. The very compact dimensions and small turning cycle should make it pretty easy to maneuver around town and park almost anywhere.
We all know that bicycles are good for our health and this PodRide has all the advantages of a regular bicycle, but with extra features like the full fabric body, cargo space, a more comfortable seating position, and even an electric heater to defrost the windows. The prototype has headlights with turn signals and during the summer the windows can be opened to grant better ventilation.
If you like the idea behind the PodRide, you too can help Mikael receive the necessary funding to develop a kit based on this prototype. Check out this LINK where you can give from $1 to $1,000 and all the money will be put to good use to create an easy-to-assemble kit. Mikael says he already has an idea about a longer version of the PodRide with a bigger trunk as well as small rear seats for children.