Tricked Out Tricycles
By James Grahame
There's a slightly crazy-looking old lady who rides around my neighborhood on an elderly tricycle with an enormous wire mesh basket hanging from the back. I've never seen anything in the basket, and I've always been too scared of getting run over to ask what it's for. Why am I telling this tale? To point out that tricycles are not -- usually -- hip and happening transportation.
The Aerorider might make me change my mind. At first glance it appears that a tricycle, a raindrop, and a fighter plane got muddled up in a matter transporter -- like Jeff Goldblum's experience in The Fly, except with a happy ending. This little machine is electrically assisted: you pedal and the Aerorider's 600W electric motor helps out. It has a respectable maximum speed of 45 km/h and a useful range of between 25 to 50 km, depending on local terrain.
Aerorider can be registered as a moped in many countries. In fact, the factory can easily limit the motor's output so it can pass as a motorized bicycle in the USA. It's biggest flaw? Unlike the similar-looking Twike, there's room for only one under the hinged canopy. Unless you're really good friends.