Hi, I'm Andy Murphy, I'm the owner/director of DryCycle Ltd.
I've established successful Companies across Europe in the Dunster House Ltd group with a combined turnover of circa £50 million per year and I've always striven to get as much done as possible in as short a time as possible in order to push things onwards.
Along the way I've always been looking for ways to save time when travelling.
I grew up watching Star Trek: The Next Generation; so it always seemed that the ideal would be to teleport ourselves around the globe. I even got to experience it at the Las Vegas Convention centre (the Trekkies will know what I'm talking about!). Of course, sadly this technology never arrived, so once I’d passed these fantasies I was met with the reality of the working commute.
For many years I was commuting across Europe to spend weeks at a time in small hotel rooms by flying with budget airlines. As the Companies grew I was fortunate enough to be able to buy a small plane and then pilot myself all the way from the UK, to Poland, then Hungary, and on to Estonia, stopping to visit the factories enroute.
Fantastically fun though it was to see all of Europe from 4000 ft, counting all the windmills and solar panels in Germany, dodging snow storms in Poland, and soaring over the Tatra mountain ranges in Slovakia, it became clear to me that with the added paperwork and unforeseen weather delays and air traffic restrictions this was never going to save me time.
I mention this as flying drones and such seem to get a lot of attention for personal transportation. Having had the experience of flying a small aircraft and all that entails, not to mention the noise and propwash I don’t see this as a likely future any time soon at least.
My commute has become more local in recent years, just 10 miles by car, or a mere 6 miles by cycling, due to more direct cycle paths.
I've now reached middle age (40) and have a family, so I've become aware that the priority isn’t always just about saving time, it's about living your life for as long and as healthily as you can, so that you’ll be there longer for those around you and more able to help along the way.
So after trying to motivate myself to exercise in a gym (with mixed results) I thought about how I could combine travelling with exercising to save time and stay healthy for longer.
I didn’t have a DryCycle to start with of course, so I bought an electric bicycle and commuted to work with that during the summer months. I took my car whenever it was raining or whenever I needed to transport more people, so this meant that I used my bicycle about twice a week in the summer, and hardly at all at any other time of year, and I was forever checking the weather forecast – a bit similar to flying really!
What I learned most from the E-bike is that top quality electric bicycles with the very best mid drive motors have more than enough power to get them quickly up to their top speed of 15.5mph before the motor then cuts out. In fact it seems a bit wasted really, surely it would be better to accelerate a bit more slowly due to added weight but use that weight to have an enclosed vehicle so that it’s useful in all weathers.
Other Companies in Europe were making and selling cargo ‘bikes’ (usually 3 or 4 wheels rather than 2), and advertising them as suitable for carrying 250kg in cargo (this is on top of the weight of the rider and 'bike' itself), with the same 250 watt motors as E-bikes, so surely an enclosed commuter vehicle for one person would be not only possible but, with 89% of people commuting alone and the average commute being only 9.1 miles, a good idea?
Well, it turns out it is, and that’s why I formed DryCycle Ltd to bring this idea to the market and get others to discover just how fun and comfortable exercising on your commute can be.
This Company is not all about me of course, but hopefully my story will inspire you to see how a DryCycle might fit into your life. Along the way I’ve hired a very skilled ex-aerospace/ex-motorsport engineer to develop the vehicle with me (who shuns the limelight so doesn’t want his name mentioned), and we’ve had a team of others from carpenters (to make moulds for vacuum forming), welders (for the framework) and electricians working to get it ready for our customers.
We’ve also had it tested by Bureau Veritas (a third party testing organisation) to show the robustness of the product over various test cycles of 100,000 repetitions of various parts, such as the steering, and framework flexing. We also realised that many customers would ask how crash resistant our enclosed vehicle is and we're very fortunate here in Bedford to have a fantastic vehicle testing facility just down the road from us. So we had two of our DryCycles crash tested at Millbrook Proving Grounds, you can see the videos and results in our news section.
We look forward to welcoming many DryCyclists to test ride our vehicle at our Bedford factory, come and try it, we're sure you’ll enjoy it!
Registered Company Number: 11904360