Living with a velomobile

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Poiter » Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:20 am

2 x Rotovelos in ACT.
More than 20 x Rotovelos in VIC.
Other TriSled velomobiles like the Avatar in VIC.
Numerous other velomobiles throughout SA and Victoria.
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Riggsbie » Wed Jul 25, 2012 12:13 pm

Hey Baalzamon,

Maybe pay the full amount in advance to get the best benefit of the current exchange rate ?

Bearing in mind how long they sometimes take to build the exchange rate could crash (unlikely but could)......
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Baalzamon » Wed Jul 25, 2012 12:37 pm

Riggsbie wrote:Hey Baalzamon,

Maybe pay the full amount in advance to get the best benefit of the current exchange rate ?

Bearing in mind how long they sometimes take to build the exchange rate could crash (unlikely but could)......


Setting up XE trade to see how much it will cost to send them $$$
Any other ideals to send them from Australia?

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby burnt » Wed Jul 25, 2012 5:46 pm

2 x Rotovelos in ACT.
More than 20 x Rotovelos in VIC.
Other TriSled velomobiles like the Avatar in VIC.
Numerous other velomobiles throughout SA and Victoria.


over 20 rotovelos in Vic, well I didn't realise that-winding my neck back in rapidly!!
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Roinik » Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:19 pm

The only ones I've seen in SA are the dodgem cars they race in the Pedal Prix (nee Derby). If you count them there are over 50 in SA. Not something that you'd normally see on the roads here. Too many bike lanes that just stop too short of where people need to go. Plenty of fixies, the (very) odd trike and almost never a bent. Plenty of colourful DFs made out of unobtanium and ridden by 'purists' (more like pugilists sometimes).

Trying to convince cousin-in-law that a velomobile is an ideal replacement for his car now that he has lost his licence.

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Riggsbie » Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:00 pm

Hey Baalzamon,

I have an account with with AusForEx.....typically you get about 3 eurocents better on the exchange rate compared to CBA.....


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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby nitramluap » Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:20 pm

Roinik wrote:The only ones I've seen in SA are the dodgem cars they race in the Pedal Prix (nee Derby). If you count them there are over 50 in SA. Not something that you'd normally see on the roads here. Too many bike lanes that just stop too short of where people need to go. Plenty of fixies, the (very) odd trike and almost never a bent. Plenty of colourful DFs made out of unobtanium and ridden by 'purists' (more like pugilists sometimes).

Trying to convince cousin-in-law that a velomobile is an ideal replacement for his car now that he has lost his licence.

You can lead a horse to water.....

Ian


Yes, I had someone from SA comment on my Mango that they have 'lots of them in South Australia'. I had to correct them. The Pedal Prix bikes are basic, flimsy, designed for racing, rolling over & being smashed up. They have a ground clearance so low they are impractical as a transport machine. I'm yet to see one with any sort of camber on the front wheels. It's no wonder they all tip over...
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Roinik » Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:17 pm

Some do have some camber. It doesn't help that many are built and driven by high school aged kids with little knowledge of physics and how to drive. Let's face it, you can't turn a 90 degree corner in the space for a pin when travelling at 40+ clicks. I see you've tried in the RE. The difference is that you know how to correct it.

At this rate I'll be the first one to have a road going version when I can afford it in a few years time. Many other things to get in the way before then....like my kids.

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby nitramluap » Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:26 am

Roinik wrote:Some do have some camber.


They mustn't be very common as all the videos on YouTube of them racing show them to have very vertical front wheels! Plus there are always far, far too many of them on the track at once and the track is woefully narrow. But I guess half the point is to bash into each other... oh well. Such a waste. I'm presume they just bin them after the race too... :(
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby rangersac » Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:19 pm

burnt wrote:So what is the Aus Velo count up to now?

Bris 3
Vic 1 & 2 pending?
WA 1& 1 pending?

Thats up to 8 already, its the new thing I tell you, and we are the trend setters!!
So come on NSW, SA and TAS (hate to leave them off, you get into trouble for that-I used to live there!) and Territory friends-lift your game!!


Man I would love one of these beasties, although getting it past the minister for finance would be another matter. However as a Tassie resident whilst the enclosed nature of a velo would be a godsend given the weather and mighty crispy mornings, the generally hilliness of the place seems to count against the investment. My daily commute is 60km with 675m of climbing involved, and not a lot of flat trucking to be had en-route. By the sounds of things hauling that extra weight would most likely negate the gains on the downhills and infrequent flat sections unfortunately.
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby just4tehhalibut » Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:38 pm

nitramluap wrote:Yes, I had someone from SA comment on my Mango that they have 'lots of them in South Australia'. I had to correct them. The Pedal Prix bikes are basic, flimsy, designed for racing, rolling over & being smashed up. They have a ground clearance so low they are impractical as a transport machine. I'm yet to see one with any sort of camber on the front wheels. It's no wonder they all tip over...


They also have a requirement for a roll cage and seatbelt, I guess not just because they tend to roll but are ridden by school children. And since you quite often have kids swapping through the trikes for training and relays seat adjustment is often a block of foam against the back. If you're in Adelaide in any August they generally have a few training on the Victoria Park race circuit off Fullarton Rd, weekends.
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby John Lewis » Thu Jul 26, 2012 9:03 pm

Here's a stack of pics of a homebuilt velo in Tassie.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/23600382@N06/page3/

Search for poster Gee Bee on BROL for more info

Rob, Freddyflatfoot , who sometimes posts in these forums has a home built Coroplast Velo He is in ballarat Vic I think.

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Re: Living without a velomobile

Postby Poiter » Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:39 am

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Re: Living without a velomobile

Postby Rhubarb » Tue Jul 31, 2012 1:11 pm

Poiter wrote:Green Bean for sale http://www.ozhpv.org.au/forsale/forsale.html


I'd be interested to know why you're selling Poiter and whether you'll get another velo or back to standard bents.

For those of you that are thinking about them, the Rotovelo's are super practical in regards to durability, ground clearance, turning cycle etc and very affordable too as far as velos go.
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Poiter » Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:32 pm

I never went "away" from standard bents but what is "standard".

The Bean is taking a bit too much of my serious riding time.
Sometimes being photographed and pointed at all the time isn't so good.
Fully agree with all your comments about the RV Ruhbarb.

Have something else in the pipeline in the form of faster, narrower, smaller, lighter 3 wheel velo.
What can go wrong?
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Re: Living with a velomobile

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby John Lewis » Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:30 pm

Poiter wrote:Have something else in the pipeline in the form of faster, narrower, smaller, lighter 3 wheel velo.
What can go wrong?


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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Riggsbie » Thu Aug 02, 2012 3:26 pm

That Trisled concept is awesome looking !!
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Poiter » Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:41 am

John Lewis wrote:
Poiter wrote:Have something else in the pipeline in the form of faster, narrower, smaller, lighter 3 wheel velo.
What can go wrong?


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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby John Lewis » Fri Aug 03, 2012 7:26 pm

Poiter wrote:
John Lewis wrote:
Poiter wrote:Have something else in the pipeline in the form of faster, narrower, smaller, lighter 3 wheel velo.
What can go wrong?


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I thought so. Darned if I could remember her name though.

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby nitramluap » Sat Aug 04, 2012 4:30 pm

Three Mangos in Brisbane:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxgC8RRBKRg&[/youtube]
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Bartek » Sun Aug 05, 2012 12:12 pm

You wait months for a Mango then three come along together!!!! Typical! :D
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Riggsbie » Sun Aug 05, 2012 8:05 pm

Great vid !!!


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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby John Lewis » Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:15 pm

Three all at once. Brisbane is beginning to look as crowded with velos as some of those vids from NL.

Great Video Paul. Liked the music too. Had to smile at Ben "warming the wheels". I know the feeling.
It takes a while to get used to how direct it is.
Now if only Riggsbie and I can get up there we can have a real convention.

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby RonK » Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:23 pm

I wonder if the pilot I saw on Saturday morning occupying the centre of the middle lane on Turbot Street realises how close he was to being wiped out from behind.
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