The velomobile is "the most uncommon animal" in the personal transport kingdom. And it's coming for the U.S. this summer.
If you're road-tripping through the northwestern United States this weekend, don't be alarmed if you see a pack of Europeans flying by in colorful bike pods. The vehicles are velomobiles, a covered recumbent bicycle (or tricycle) optimized for aerodynamics and long-distance travel. Departing from Portland tomorrow, the Roll Over America Tour is bringing velomobiles from coast to coast over the course of a 30-day road trip, hailed as the "world premier of velomobiling."