The idea to design children’s recumbent came to me not by accident. The fact that all of the current children’s pedal cars are not without drawbacks. The idea of the idealized child recumbent folds, in my opinion, from the following functional features: collapsible design; similarities with the car; ease of use and storage; maximum comfort for your child.
In the retail network supplied children’s velomobile, which is a close copy of the car chassis. Its main disadvantages are bulkiness, considerable weight, the presence of unjustified from the point of view of kinematics, elements of the treadle and steering, which reduce efficiency and increase energy consumption of the passenger. In addition, the design of recumbent folding, which complicates its transportation and storage. There is also a model of velomobile “Bunny”, which is an open frame with a moveable and adjustable seat. Design flaws are the same: it is sealed; has a complex actuator that converts reciprocating motion into rotary; recumbent hard overcomes natural obstacles.
Creating your velomobile, I wanted to eliminate all these drawbacks. The resulting work was filed on the invention.
The proposed design of the velomobile is designed for active leisure and physical development of children aged 2 to 5 years. Structurally, the velomobile consists of two symmetrical bent frame, bonded with each other by using dismountable joints in the steering mechanism. Front frame is a U-shaped structure, the free end of which includes a support made of solid wood (or nylon) and playing the role of bearings. In supports fixed to the crankshaft with pedals and wheels. The rear frame is a curved V-shaped design with bearings, axle and wheels. In the middle part of the rear frame includes a crossbar with a pin included in the second part of the rolling support on the front frame.