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Wilmette resident John Boone is seated in his velomobile, which is a modified recumbent bike that he rides nearly everywhere. Michael Estrella/AveLane Road Inc.
Christa Rooks, Assistant Editor
3:03 am CST January 28, 2015

John Boone has found an unusual way to stay in shape and get around.

The Wilmette resident is the owner of a pterovelo (ptero for winged, velo is French for bicycle), a man-powered vehicle. Boone’s particular model is called a velomobile.

While it may look like a spaceship, the velomobile is actually made of a three-wheel recumbent bike and carbon fiber. 

People always ask him if it flies, Boone said, but noted that all feedback he’s gotten has been positive.