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and it's made Get daily updates directly to your inbox+ SubscribeThank you for subscribing!Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailGrant Sinclair has created the Iris eTrike, a covered, human powered vehicle that is road legal and can hit speeds of up to 30mph.
Grant, 44, who runs his own technology company, is a keen cyclist, and having grown up in the inventive Sinclair family, has taken inspiration from his famous uncle's efforts to design an eco kate spade outlet nj friendly vehicle in the mid 1980s.Sir Clive's battery driven car cum trike, billed as "a new power in personal transport", turned out to be a flop, with only a few thousand sold. Many people who tried them on the roads felt intimidated by the size of other vehicles. Some C5s still exist in working order, and are collectors' items.But Grant believes his vehicle, which is similar in some respects but different in many others, could well be a big hit.The shape of the new vehicle is based on the aerodynamic helmets used by velodrome bike racers, and Grant says it is 'extra safe'.It has normal bike pedals and eight speed race bike gearing, together with a 250 watt 'pedal assist' electric motor, with a rechargeable battery pack.A motor starts automatically when pedalling is detected and cuts out at 15.5 mph.He said: "I attended my first electric bike race at Duxford Airfield as a spectator in 1981, at 9 years of age, and was around when various versions of my uncle's electric bikes were in development the first being a modified electric Raleigh Chopper in the late 1970s at Sinclair Radionics Ltd, St Ives, and then the C1 trike around 1982, an early concept of the affordable Sinclair C5 electric trike."When Cambridge invented the world's smallest tellyGrant's friend Adam Harper set a world land speed record for electric vehicles in 1996 by hitting 150mph in a rebuilt, modified Sinclair C5.Grant said: "Before meeting Adam, I knew it was possible to build an affordable 30mph plus capable production bike that could keep up with the speed of cars and trucks in the city, as my sister became involved in the Bluebell Human Powered Vehicle Racing Team while I was still at school."Most human kate spade outlet discount powered vehicles were based on recumbent designs that sat very low on the ground and felt very vulnerable in traffic. I wanted to avoid the aesthetically awkward reclining seating position and specced an enclosed bike that sat higher and more upright, therefore allowing the rider to feel more comfortable and confident."While living in Bristol, I also found out many hundreds cycled to work each day along the Bristol to Bath cycle path until a spate of random attacks, as many as 14 in one week, were carried out by masked attackers, some armed with baseball bats."These incidents shocked the cycling community, and I imagined a fully enclosed kate spade handbags canada sale bike design that would protect the commuter against such vicious attacks and in general make vulnerable bike riders feel safer when riding alone, especially at night. Being fully enclosed would also protect the rider against poor weather, especially in winter when cycling enthusiasm rapidly wanes."I took inspiration from helicopter exterior cockpit designs together with aerodynamic crash helmets used for bike racing on the velodrome. The body protects the rider from high impact collisions, much like sitting inside a large bike crash helmet."A C5 in action in Cambridge in 2010He added: "I never started out with the intention of creating another C5, or even the Iris itself, but it did new kate spade bags strike me there was a market for a vehicle that was covered and safe to use.
"I had a C5 myself and drove it in Cambridge when I was a kid, but cycling infrastructure now is so good that I think people in Cambridge will love the Isis."The three wheeled vehicle has a boot too, for storing shopping and other cargo.Like us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterDaily NewsletterCambridgeIt has a negative reputation, but what's it like to live around Arbury Court in Cambridge?Residents praised the sense of community and dismissed the area's negative reputation.
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