83 MPH Recumbent Bike Tears Up Battle Mountain



Earlier this month, a group of recumbent bike enthusiasts made their way out into the open roads of Battle Mountain, Nevada to see how fast they could push their pedal-powered machines. Draped in slick, slippery, composite aero shells, these recumbents cheat the wind and defy expectations, with one 14-year-old student entry hitting 55 mph, and the winner blasting past the speed traps at more than 83 mph!

83 mph, if you haven’t noticed, would allow this recumbent bike – as in: bicycle! – to break almost every speed limit law in these United States, without burning a single drop of gasoline. How’s that for the future of fuel?

You can check out a few of my favorite pictures, below, from the World Human Powered Speed Challenge event’s Facebook page, and keep scrolling to check out coverage from our sister site, Cleantechnica, at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!



83 Mph Achieved On Bike (via Clean Technica)

How fast have you ever ridden a bike, one that was not going downhill or not following a car or truck? It’s not that difficult to hit 40 mph coasting down a steep hill, or when trailing a truck that is creating a pocket of low wind resistance. Recently…


Sources | Photos: Cleantechnica, World Human Powered Speed Challenge.

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  • Tom

    “If an aero recumbent can achieve a top speed of over 80 mph, would it be reasonable to say it could cruise comfortably at 35-40?” “Might there be millions of aero recumbents on the roads at some point in order to replace cars?”

    Not like these ‘bents. They are built just for speed on a straight road, and cannot start or stop on their own without both launchers to get them started and catchers when they stop to keep from falling over. Take a look at velomobiles or the bikes competing in the ASME HPV Challenge to see more practical designs. 40 mph is too optimistic, as is the idea that human power can replace horsepower. Perhaps pedelec or other power-assist bikes might have more appeal to millions in the general public. It’s hard to beat the standard upright bike in price, weight and simplicity.

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