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Glyde velomobile presented at Spezi

Published on 29 April 2010 21:20, edited on 03 May 2010 15:11 (3052 times viewed) 3Comments

The Greenspeed Glyde velomobile was presented on the recent Spezi exhibition. A brave adventure as Germans, Dutch and other Europeans have a lot of experience when it comes to velomobile design.

It is already some years ago that a rumor about an Australian Velomobile called Glyde was picked up at We even found a website in 2008.

On Spezi we had the opportunity to have a look at the first model of the Glyde. This machine will race on Cycle Vision this year, so there will be plenty opportunity to shoot some nice pictures there.

On the exhibition we found a number of velomobile builders on the beautiful stand of They were happy to assist your editor in assessing the new kid on the velomobile block. Experienced with a combined velomobile history as user or designer/builder this would be a comprehensive discussion on the Glyde.

The Glyde is a very interesting machine although some observations are worth mentioning. Since this is the first production machine, the builders might pick up some of these to even further improve their Glyde.

The special shape gives questions about the maximum leg length the bike can accommodate. The Glyde is rather broad than high.
(additional information according to this post on bentrideronline it should be possible to accomodate long riders)

Also jumping in sight are the relative small front wheels [ETRTO 349 vs more common 406]. Surprising, since other velomobile builders tend to increase wheel size to improve on rolling performance.
The suspension is aside of the wheels, which may in very specific situations cause some unwanted body-road contact.

The open wheelboxes leave plenty room for the wheels. So much, we wonder if additional cover can be used to further enhance aerodynamics.

The cover is a hard-shell with a special connector. The editors experience to end up in a ditch with his velomobile doesn't make the hard-shell plus special closure sound like a good idea since it could hinder escape. But the relative wide track of the Glyde would make such an adventure less likely.

Greenspeed glyde binnenzijde met verstelbare stoel

Adjustable seat in the Greenspeed Glyde

The velomobile has an adjustable seat. Very convenient if you share the bike with others. A disadvantage could be that smaller riders might end up relatively far in front of the bike, adjusting the centre of gravity: a fierce braking might end up in rear wheel lift (losing control!) and a touchy nose in front.

besturing glyde van bovenaf gezien

Steering top view

besturing greenspeed glyde gezien van opzij

Steering side view.

Also remarkable are the holes that are used to connect steering with the wheels. According to someone who did ride the Glyde in Britain, the editors learned that it had not created a noticeable water flow. More water was coming from the top, since the man hole cover is quite wide for a heads-out cap. It feels unnatural to have a rain coat in a velomobile and we expect the Glyde to have a soft cover option (with a smaller head-space) as an option.

greenspeed glyde van bovenaf gezien. grote opening voor het hoofd.

Quite a large head opening in the bike cover

Real life will show. Despite the adjustable seat and the heavy metal frame, the demonstrated bike is not much heavier than i.e. the Quest: Glyde 40 kg vs Quest 38. This is quite a bit of from the 30 kg weight advertised on the Greenspide website, which could be a difference between production model and prototype.

More information:
Greenspeed glyde website
Greenspeed Glyde experiences


Comments (3)


Welk type velomobiel is er zichtbaar op de achtergrond van de vijfde foto?

MaartenSneep, 29 Apr 2010 23:43


@Maarten Sneep:
Dat is volgens mij een Leiba X-stream.

Nyh, 30 Apr 2010 02:03


Interessante fiets. Eén van de beter vormgegeven debutanten in de velomobielwereld. Vanwaar trouwens die derde shifter? Zit er een dualdrive in ofzo?

walter, 30 Apr 2010 14:22 2.0

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