It’s probably old hat on the interwebs now, but this bike speed calculator is fun to play around with.
For instance to find out how fast you would likely go on a velomobile, put in your weight, and your height, your normal bike’s weight, and either your peak speed on your bike on the flat, or your average speed on your normal bike on the flat. Choose a bike approximately the same as your bicycle, and calculate your power in watts.
Then select the Quest and see how fast you would go on a fully faired trike.
For instance I average in the low 200 Watts over the first hour of a ride and peak at about 250 Watts. (It’s actually 500W minus my 250W motor)
And then I select the Quest velomobile and it says I’ll average 41km/hr and peak at 47km/hr.
Then I add the 250W motor that is the legal maximum here in Aotearoa, and a few kilos for the motor and battery, and I’d average 63 km/hr and peak at 67km/hr.
That’s why I wanna ride a velomobile. Those buggers are fast.
I still haven’t ridden one, but I had my first go on a recumbent trike and I did notice a speed improvement over my normal sit up bike straight away.
Interestingly the bike speed computer says I’ll get more speed improvement on racing tyres then if I was to lose 20 kgs. So I say skinny tyres would be easier, rather than a skinny me.
500 Watts of electric assist and I’d be going over 80 km/hr.
Is that true? Anyone got a velomobile out there with 500W of electric assist? What speeds can you do?