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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Riggsbie » Tue Feb 18, 2014 8:14 pm

Great annual report !


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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Aushiker » Tue Feb 18, 2014 8:56 pm

[quote="Riggsbie"]Great annual report !/quote]

Agree. Thanks heaps for sharing.

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby John Lewis » Wed Feb 26, 2014 10:12 pm

Good writeup on your year there Bartek. Your experience with the public pretty much mirrors mine.
Met a couple the other day on holiday from the Netherlands. Thier comment was how good it was to see a velo here. We had a nice little chat about cycling.

I'm of two minds with the fibreglass rod. I might replace it with a bit of piano wire. I wonder if the slightly greater weight would be a problem. I could bind the joint with fusewire and solder. Should be unbreakable.
Had my first failure the other day. The left trafficator ceased to work.
It was a broken wire on the switch caused, I think" by the gear cable rubbing on it.
I soldered it up and used a bit of heatshrink.
I would have liked to have moulded some RTV silicon around the lot but didn't have any to hand so I used hot melt glue. I'll probably regret doing that some time in the future..

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Bartek » Thu Feb 27, 2014 12:48 pm

Thanks guys, will try to get round to posting some of the video's I have taken.

John - I have obtained some fibre-glass rod from

http://www.kitepower.com.au/solid-fibre-glass-rod.html

I got 4 x 2m lengths for $35.55 delivered, I have thought since that I should have bought the 3m lengths (less waste). They have it in lengths from 1m to 4m, maybe should have asked if 5m or even 6m lengths were available! Being a Yorkshireman I hate waste!

My brake light issue seems to be intermittent, it worked fine the other day when I set aside time to look at it! will have to keep checking.
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Aushiker » Thu Feb 27, 2014 4:25 pm

Probably not a serious attempt but interesting still the same that some how has thought to use a petition to try to drive demand for a "commuter" friendly and priced velomobile.

If you are interested in the petition it can be found at Change.org

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby John Lewis » Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:23 pm

Bartek wrote:John - I have obtained some fibre-glass rod from

http://www.kitepower.com.au/solid-fibre-glass-rod.html



Thanks for the link Bartek.
I used to buy the stuff from some place in North Perth but probably long gone now.
Might order a couple of the longer lengths. Good to have some spare.

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Aushiker » Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:04 am



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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Joeblake » Sat Mar 15, 2014 1:38 pm

John Lewis wrote:Thanks for the link Bartek.
I used to buy the stuff from some place in North Perth but probably long gone now.
Might order a couple of the longer lengths. Good to have some spare.

John


John, don't whether it's of use to you, but I ride past this place occasionally, and have bought off cuts of fibreglass poles to experiment with.

http://www.fibreglass-resin-sales.com.au/

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby John Lewis » Sat Mar 15, 2014 11:32 pm

Joeblake wrote:
John, don't whether it's of use to you, but I ride past this place occasionally, and have bought off cuts of fibreglass poles to experiment with.

http://www.fibreglass-resin-sales.com.au/

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Thanks for the link Joe. Much appreciated. Could be handy for other supp;ies.
I think at this stage I'll order a couple of 4m lengths of 3mm rod from the link Bartek provided.
They can roll it int a coil so postage shouldn't be bad. With 8 m I should be set for some considerable time.

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby burnt » Wed Mar 19, 2014 7:46 am

An alternative to the full hood by Cycles JV Fenioux-259 Euro! Looks nice

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby John Lewis » Fri Mar 21, 2014 10:53 pm

Across Aus in a RotoVelo
Apologies if this has been already mentioned.
Item below excepted from WAHPV mail.

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G' day all,
As many of you may, or may not know, I will be attempting to ride my Rotovelo Across Australia.
I'll be arriving in Perth on April 3, 2014 and my Plan is to leave Freo on Monday April 7
regards,
Mark.
My ride blog is http://rvvelonaut.blogspot.com.au/
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Aushiker » Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:44 am

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Joeblake » Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:49 am

Ouch :( :( :( :( :( :( Image

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby John Lewis » Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:03 pm

Ah but its all good again now.
I saw the pictures and how they did repairs on Harry's blog.

Also a picture of his as damaged when a dog ran into it.

You can go find them if you want. Google translate sort of manages.

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Bartek » Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:06 am

Happier picture, I did the Freeway Bike Hike on Sunday and this picture was posted on their Facebook Page. Shows off my blinged up wheel covers with their new fibre-glass rods and new amber reflectors!

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby John Lewis » Thu Mar 27, 2014 4:00 pm

Good shot. How was the ride and which distance did you do?
Are the stars stick on? If so be interestng to see how they last.
Copper suggested to me I should put an amber stripe right down the side.

My fibreglass rod turned up yesterday. It was black but that matters not. 3mm.
Now I need to find some suitable cord and I can redo my covers.
I've been thinking of using elastic cord. Some others I've seen use it to help
keep covers tight in varying weather conditions.

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Bartek » Thu Mar 27, 2014 4:31 pm

The ride was good, but some people don't know how to keep left! :D I will hopefully post a video soon!

I did the 30km (34km) ride from Kwinana, I cycled to the start (22km) then cycled home from the finish (60km) for a total 114km for the day.

The stars are stuck on (self-adhesive), I have stitched one on but it took such a long time I gave up on the others. I may have to try sweet talk my wife into finishing the others!

Mine is black also, the elastic is an interesting idea I will keep in mind.
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Bartek » Sat Mar 29, 2014 3:58 pm

I have uploaded the video from the "Freeway Bike Hike" the front camera skipped bits (don't know why!) but the rear camera offers a better perspective, I think. I had to speed it up a bit so it wasn't too long! about 4X



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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby John Lewis » Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:56 pm

Get message
"This Video is private"
You may need to change the setting to let us see it.

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Bartek » Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:43 am

oops! :shock: I have changed the settings hopefully you can see it now :D
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby nitramluap » Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:54 am

Awesome, Bartek.

I would have loved to have done that ride - perfect for a velomobile - flat & fast!
My bike is heavier than your bike. :D
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby John Lewis » Sun Mar 30, 2014 11:13 pm

Enjoyed watching Jan.
You seemed to be passing every uptight bike on the road. :D
Looks like a great ride.

I wouldn't mind doing it but I'm a bit far away.

Makes me think they should permanently close the freeway to motorised traffic.

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Aushiker » Fri Apr 04, 2014 9:22 am



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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Aushiker » Sat Apr 05, 2014 11:18 pm

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Aushiker » Sun Apr 27, 2014 12:34 pm

Veloschmitt at Spezi 2014

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