Human-Powered Bike Can Reach Speeds Over 85 MPH

Human-Powered Bike Can Reach Speeds Over 85 MPH

Aerovelo's Eta bike is more efficient than most electric vehicles

Conner Dial, Fashion Editor
  • 14 october 2016

In September 2016, the aerospace design company Aerovelo succeeded in setting a new record for the fastest human-powered vehicle, beating the record it made the previous year by two additional miles per hour. At the World Human Powered Speed Challenge, driver and Co-Founder of Aerovelo, Todd Reichert, was able to reach a speed of 89.59 mph (144.17 km/h).

Aerovelo’s bullet-shaped bike, called Eta, is built with a low-center of gravity, ultra-thin tires and a lightweight carbon fibre frame. According to Aerovelo, “Eta boasts an equivalent highway fuel efficiency of 9544 MPGe, on the order 100x better than the most efficient electric cars.”

human-powered bike

Aerovelo makes annual attempts to break the record, advocating for innovations that are lightweight, human-powered and consequently, environmentally-friendly. The company hopes to eventually break 100 MPH.



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