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Pod People: Velomobiles Tour the U.S. This Summer Velomobiles Tour the U.S. This Summer

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."

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