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There it was, after months of anticipation, bright and yellow, young and beautifull, the Greenspeed Glyde velomobile. I really was astonished by the looks of it. Yellow is far from my favourite colour,but that didn't matter. This machine looks so much better than the competition. Low, wide, with styling in stead of a shape and with nice details.
Everything that follows is my personal opinion, I've not ridden it, it's based up-on my experiences and knowledge about velomobiles. Personally want the Glyde to be very good.
It has a headlight unit mounting place, just like a Flevobike Alleweder. That gives it a face. There is striping too and there a pretty light unit at the back. The end of the fairing wraps nicely around the rear wheel and the windscreen could come straight from a single seater race car. The 16" wheels don't look to small like on other vm's that have that size up front. Of course, 20" rolls better and offers a wider range in possible tyres. The suspension looks high tech, although I do think it asks for more maintenance than the simple suspension struts on most other vm's do. Disc brakes are powerfull, but I love the reliability of drums. Offering that as a possibility would be a smart move.
The Australian velomobile could use more material in on very specific area, around the chain. The chain is shielded from the outside world, but not from the rear wheel. And the problem is that an unprotected chain is horrible during Winter time, or when it rains, or when the road is dusty. With that I mean a real winter, with dirty roads and snow. Luckily, the things I mentioned can be improved. The German velomobile Milan for instance uses no special components to achieve a fully enclosed chain, just like the Velayo and Go-one Evo 3. Quest and Mango do use special components to wrap their chain, but those come with single side mounted wheels too. The Leibas, Leitras, Alleweders, Cab Bikes, Sunrider and WAW's also have their chain exposed.
Also the fit and finishing of the shell leaves room for improvement. The wiring wasn't all figured out too. The wiring for the rear indicators was blocking the opening to the rear luggage area. But, I mention it again, this was one of the first!
A fabric or foam thing to reduce to size of the opening would be very handy in case it rains. Right now, I guess you'll have to use a Flevo-roof. Getting into the Glyde is car-ish, via a swinging hatch, which is good, as long as it's doesn't rattle on rough roads. But, since I didn't ride it, that questions remains unanswered. I'm sure I'll like the air intake. Getting fresh air when cycling is very important, especially when you're a bit asthmatic like me. Another comfort aspect is the seat. It comes with a mesh seat and that looks like a good combination with a velomobile.
The drive train had a Dual Drive hub, I think. I'd prefer a big 65 tooth chain ring up front in combination with a 52 and a 44 or so. Hubs are less efficient than dérailleurs, and velomobiles need to be efficient. Shifting wouldn't be very smooth with that combination, but the efficiency should be worth it. This sort of steering set-up is perfect for using bar-end shifters. Is this a fast machine? That's hard to tell without a test ride. I guess it's in the Mango range, that means fast enough. Lowering the weight should ad to the fun.