by: Aaron Rosenzweig
$5795 shipped within North America
Fred Flintstone had it figured out. In his foot powered car of the future the entire family could exercise and explore together as a team. He could chat with his spouse and keep tabs on his kids with ease. He could take to the road with confidence.
Here we are in 2011. In a "back to the future" turn of events we can now take our families biking in security and comfort Flintstone style with the Dutch made "Quattrocycle."
Optional third row seating gives us true 7 person capacity like a mini-van. The third row seats three children, each child with their own seat belt. Only the primary four seats can pedal, the third row cannot pedal.
Each of the four primary riders have their own gear shift knob. Each seat is also individually height adjustable for the rider's leg length. This allows every rider to not only participate but to adjust the performance of the outing as they see fit. Want to relax? you can just coast. Want a fast cadence? lower your gear range. Want to go fast down those hills? up your gearing.
The Quattrocycle has a true off-road suspension. Not only does this provide a smooth ride but it is an important safety feature. When traveling at high speeds and hitting a bump this suspension ensures that all wheels stay in contact with the ground.
The pedals are high above the wheels. This ensures optimum ground clearance. Never will your feet come in contact with a curb or rock.
Steering is done by one rider in the back. If you decide to let younger children participate up front you can easily keep tabs on them without having to turn your head backwards. You can also interact with children in the optional third row seat passing them snacks on your trip. The Quattrocycle features "under seat steering" known as USS. This is common in high performance recumbent vehicles as it allows you to have full control at all times.
The Quattrocycle made its European debut in 2008. Since that time I've eagerly awaited for these vehicles to cross the Atlantic. Taking matters into my own hands I crafted the "Chat 'n Bike" website to coalesce many individual family orders into "group orders" to save costs both in product pricing and shipping. This affords us the ability to purchase with the voice of one large company. In essence we are many families speaking as one. Together we can bring solutions to enrich our biking pleasure that would otherwise not be available.