Living with a velomobile

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby smoran » Tue Jun 30, 2015 1:30 pm

Finally got around to editing a video on the Brissie to Bay video. No cameo of Rhubarb in mine though as I the camera was off when he went past me at the rest stop :-)
https://youtu.be/SjI3toqbg_A


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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby petie » Wed Jul 01, 2015 1:34 am

I've used slime in a presta valve tube once before, it was pretty hard to get in, but worked once in there (for small thorns). Maybe they make presta tubes with removable valve cores(mtb tubeless valves have this so you can put sealant through/seat the bead)? it does weigh a TON once you have the required amount in , I'd be inclined to put a thick "thornproof" tube in rather than slime for that reason...?
I think you will definitely need to remove the wheel to put the new tyre on.
Bartek wrote:fitted the new rim tape and the tyres stayed up overnight so went for a test run (coffee!) yesterday, also needed to check the cameras were still recording so decided to upload a video when I got home.


I had a funny deja-vu moment watching that video! I was over in Perth for a couple of months early last year and drove those roads near Rockingham looking for a nice beach/coffee shop. Funny the weird stuff my brain bothers to remember!

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Mulger bill » Wed Jul 01, 2015 7:07 pm

petie wrote:...Maybe they make presta tubes with removable valve cores(mtb tubeless valves have this so you can put sealant through/seat the bead)?


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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby John Lewis » Wed Jul 01, 2015 7:59 pm

Yes there are Presta valves with removable cores. The Swalbe tubes I have on the Mango have them.

You need about 2 ounces of Stan's No Tubes per tyre if I recall aright. Can't be bothered checking metric equivilent.

There was quite a bit about using it on BROL back about 2012.
A search should find it. I was going to add it but couldn't get the Stan's locally at the time so never did it.

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby burnt » Wed Jul 29, 2015 5:34 pm

Been quiet for awhile!

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Rhubarb » Wed Jul 29, 2015 7:23 pm

And here was my take on the day:



And Shaun's contribution, the money shot:


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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby John Lewis » Wed Jul 29, 2015 10:33 pm

Enjoyed watching those Rhubarb.
Saw my first quadcopter today. Little toy one controlled via phone.
It had video. I stopped to talk to the guy and he showed us video he'd shot of us riding up the path.
Be fun to try one but knowing me I'd stack it.

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Roinik » Thu Jul 30, 2015 9:57 pm

It looks like Qld is leading the charge with Velomobiles. Now that there is a WAW in our midst, any feedback on which one is nicer/faster/smoother/better handling etc (WAW v's Mango RE)?

BTW, did the Milan SL end up arriving in Aus? (Maybe Andrew can fill us in a bit more).
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby burnt » Fri Jul 31, 2015 7:14 am

If you are referring to the white velo in the video, it is a DF owned by Rhubarb-it certainly is faster! Rhubarb can provide all the other details.

In Queensland to my knowledge, there are currently 3 x Mango RE, 3 x Rotovelos, 1 x DF and I wouldn't be surprised if another RV was on the way!

There is a Milan SL is in Sydney that I am aware of. So the Australia wide count must be somewhere around 13 or so?

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby John Lewis » Sun Aug 02, 2015 9:25 pm

Two Mangos and a Rotovelo in WA that I know of.

Link to a map but probably not up to date anyway.


http://www.zeemaps.com/view?group=1172674&x=115.707489&y=-32.326292&z=5

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Arakasy » Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:33 am

Small question... Your velos ?
How much room is there around your front derailleur and crank area ?
Any chance of fitting a mid/crank drive in there ? (Legal peddle assist electric motor)
I fell in love with mine on my trike, however the lack of sunlight protection means I'm fried by the end of a long ride....far nq... :roll:

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Aushiker's thread on his bafang upgrade...has cool pics and great info on the fang.
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Bargo » Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:39 am

In my Rotovelo, there would be more than enough room for a front mounted crank drive. Aushikers posts got me thinking about it when I am feeling lazy and tired. some good pictures on Trisled's facebook page showing how much room there is

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Bartek » Tue Dec 01, 2015 1:20 am

I managed to damage the thread on the rear wheel, so had to order a new wheel for the Mango I took the opportunity to order some upgrades and finished fitting them today. So the Mango has been pimped a little i.e. New rear wheel, lowered rear suspension, upgraded and lowered front suspension, upgraded steering plates, just awaiting the replacement idlers to upgrade the drivetrain then I will be complete! :D

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Arakasy » Tue Dec 01, 2015 7:08 am

A full suspension velo ? Are they common ? :mrgreen:
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Bartek » Tue Dec 01, 2015 9:04 am

Arakasy wrote:A full suspension velo ? Are they common ? :mrgreen:


A Velo could never be common.

In fact around here all Velo's have full suspension, are red & white and are driven by me! :lol:
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby recumbenteer » Tue Dec 01, 2015 9:25 am

Bartek wrote:
Arakasy wrote:A full suspension velo ? Are they common ? :mrgreen:


A Velo could never be common.

In fact around here all Velo's have full suspension, are red & white and are driven by me! :lol:


.........and all here in Sydney..... are green, UN-suspended, WELL travelled.... PARTIALLY destroyed but resurrected... carry an "Emu" mascot..... :shock:
and is piloted by.. me, myself & I.
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Arakasy » Tue Dec 01, 2015 11:05 am

Lol so you velo pilots are the "upper class" :wink: recumbent owners... And we all know what "bent riders think of DF :mrgreen:
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Ride casual... Not to casual
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby John Lewis » Tue Dec 01, 2015 10:21 pm

Mine like Bartek's is also red and white and has full suspension.
It is really appreciated on the roads around here I can tell you.

There are some fully suspended trikes available too I think.

As for Recumbenteer... He's a masochist. He rode that Green Rocket all the way from Perth back home.

BTW. Good to see you are up and running again after the run in with the drunk.

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby recumbenteer » Thu Dec 03, 2015 8:57 pm

John Lewis wrote:
As for Recumbenteer... He's a masochist. He rode that Green Rocket all the way from Perth back home.

BTW. Good to see you are up and running again after the run in with the drunk.

John


Yeh, I guess I might be a masochist, but I can't miss what I haven't tried...re: suspension :mrgreen:

& thanks for the well wishes John. 8)
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Rhubarb » Mon Dec 28, 2015 5:11 pm

For those not following global velo trends, there is a 4 wheeled velo in the making, from the manufacturer of the Quest, which was the market leader for 10 years, until the last 2 years.

The QuattroVelo will be marketed to the velo touring folks who will appreciate the added luggage etc. One of the design criteria was the ability to fit a carton of beer in the boot. Gotta love that hey :-)

Anyways, I just saw this latest video of the QV and thought "that is going to sell 100 velos alone" !!!

https://www.facebook.com/velomobiel.nl/ ... 349938544/

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby find_bruce » Mon Dec 28, 2015 6:42 pm

Rhubarb wrote:One of the design criteria was the ability to fit a carton of beer in the boot.

The P76 of velos :D

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby just4tehhalibut » Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:18 am

If you want the start of a velomobile project, basically a trike with the framework for a fairing, then this trike might be worth it, if not just for the parts at a bargain $150.
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I'd be moving that strut connecting the fairing framework to the BB, anywhere but in my sightline.
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Re: Living with a velomobile

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby burnt » Tue Jan 19, 2016 11:08 am

Nice video Rhubarb!

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby max_torq » Fri Jan 22, 2016 9:42 am

I have an opportunity to acquire a velomobile, unfortunately this means I have to sell my trike to afford it. I am just wondering if this is a sensible move. My trike has e-assist and a fairing and is a fast machine, and an absolute blast to ride. I imagine a velomobile is faster at the top end, the trike sort of hits the wall a bit after 40kph. Is it worth the enclosing, is a floor a good thing? Is this a good trade up.

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