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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Aushiker » Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:48 am

nitramluap wrote:
Aushiker wrote:
nitramluap wrote:Yes, my rear light is an LED with two brightness levels. One for when it is functioning as a rear light and a brighter mode when it is either a brake light or I have turned the rear 'fog light' switch to on. If the 'fog light' is on, the light doesn't get brighter when I brake though. If you have multiple LEDs then they all behave this way in unison.


Sounds good and sounds like the charging would be easy as well. Now comes the bigger issues ... fit in a lift? :)

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Depends how big the lift is!! :-D


So true ... I am thinking 2.5 metres might be pushing the limits at work as the lift opens into a corridor. Will have to look at alternative parking options. If I cannot park it safely defeats the purpose of getting one :(

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby John Lewis » Thu Nov 15, 2012 6:29 pm

Mango dimensions here. Mine seems to be 2.4 m on a quick measure although its shown here as 2.47.
Look down page a bit.
Is there a cargo lift in your building that you could get the use of?
There has to be some way around the problem.

http://en.velomobiel.nl/mango/

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Aushiker » Thu Nov 15, 2012 6:43 pm

John Lewis wrote:Mango dimensions here. Mine seems to be 2.4 m on a quick measure although its shown here as 2.47.
Look down page a bit.
Is there a cargo lift in your building that you could get the use of?
There has to be some way around the problem.

http://en.velomobiel.nl/mango/

John


Thanks John. No cargo lift. Lucky to have a lift that works :) With my bikes I bring them into my office but not sure I can do this with a Mango. We do have a bike cage but not keen on that idea. Will investigate more.

Also concerned about whether I will fit being an eh larger bloke :oops:

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Joeblake » Thu Nov 15, 2012 6:54 pm

Aushiker wrote:We do have a bike cage but not keen on that idea. Will investigate more.


Andrew


Presumably this is because of other bikes being packed on top of yours, crushing/scratching the shell etc. If this is the case, what about taking some sort of protective sheeting or matting in, and leaving it in the cage, to use. Maybe with some sort of collapsible frame (eg PVC pipe or something)?

Alternatively, many years ago when I worked in the CBD I used to ride my m/cycle in and found an accommodating building manager (in a nearby building, not where I worked) who let me park in their covered park since the cycle didn't take up space. It's not an easy thing to do, especially when having insurance issues, but that might be a possibility.

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Rhubarb » Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:42 pm

Umming and arring there Aushiker .....

Meanwhile you're missing out on this:



C'mon mate - you know it makes sense :mrgreen:
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby John Lewis » Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:28 pm

Aushiker wrote:
John Lewis wrote:Mango dimensions here. Mine seems to be 2.4 m on a quick measure although its shown here as 2.47.
Look down page a bit.
Is there a cargo lift in your building that you could get the use of?
There has to be some way around the problem.

http://en.velomobiel.nl/mango/

John


Thanks John. No cargo lift. Lucky to have a lift that works :) With my bikes I bring them into my office but not sure I can do this with a Mango. We do have a bike cage but not keen on that idea. Will investigate more.

Also concerned about whether I will fit being an eh larger bloke :oops:

Andrew


You are welcome to come and try if you can get down this way.
Baalzamon fitted OK so that might be a clue. Tall is good.

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby John Lewis » Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:33 pm

Rhubarb,

I like the bit at the end where you are obviously making better headay than the traffic on the road.

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Rhubarb » Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:41 pm

John Lewis wrote:Rhubarb,

I like the bit at the end where you are obviously making better headay than the traffic on the road.

John


And thats a freeway with a 90km/hr speed limit :mrgreen:
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Joeblake » Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:42 pm

John Lewis wrote:Rhubarb,

I like the bit at the end where you are obviously making better headay than the traffic on the road.

John


Back in the mid '80s I used to live in West Leederville and I'd ride my old Roulandt 'bent up the Mitchell Freeway along the cycle track. During peak hour I could go past the same car two or three times in a single kilometre. These days I won't even ride my motorcycle along the Mitchell Freeway during peak hour. The more things change the more they stay the same. :evil:

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PS The section I'm referring to was 100 km/h limit.
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Baalzamon » Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:22 am

Aushiker wrote:
John Lewis wrote:Mango dimensions here. Mine seems to be 2.4 m on a quick measure although its shown here as 2.47.
Look down page a bit.
Is there a cargo lift in your building that you could get the use of?
There has to be some way around the problem.

http://en.velomobiel.nl/mango/

John


Thanks John. No cargo lift. Lucky to have a lift that works :) With my bikes I bring them into my office but not sure I can do this with a Mango. We do have a bike cage but not keen on that idea. Will investigate more.

Also concerned about whether I will fit being an eh larger bloke :oops:

Andrew


Andrew I got into John's Mango. Ideally needed more chain length and my feet weren't liking his pedals and my knees were hitting the roof. But rush job on fit so.
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby smoran » Fri Nov 16, 2012 6:54 am

BTW - SinnerBikes on Facebook put up a new post (in Dutch). Google Translate says:

Sinner Bikes has only electrically assisted Mangoes delivered, but now there is finally the opportunity pre-test riding in Groningen "ElectrAngo" as he is affectionately called by the mechanics of Sinner Bikes. In many European countries, the support is limited to 25km / h, but for export to countries with larger electric lines can support unlimited made.
The motor is mounted directly on the crankshaft and can therefore quite easily also be retrofitted. For multiple chainrings and mounted in the shaft of the e-Mango is as usual a derailleur or hub gears are used.
A very comfortable combination is the Sunstar email support with NuVinci Harmony stepless hub. The hub automatically at a preset pedaling cadence kept so that you can fully concentrate on driving.
The Sunstar email support is particularly suitable for smooth climbing mountains because he is always in its optimum rpm range where it can provide the most effective
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Aushiker » Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:18 pm

John Lewis wrote:You are welcome to come and try if you can get down this way.
Baalzamon fitted OK so that might be a clue. Tall is good.


Thanks John. Will try and take you up on that offer :)

Next question is how can one transport a Mango. I am guess will not fit in a Subaru Imprezza and to heavy for the roof. I do some Audax rides which are out of town so this is another issue to take into consideration.

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby smoran » Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:23 pm

>>Next question is how can one transport a Mango. I am guess will not fit in a Subaru Imprezza and to heavy for the roof. I do some Audax rides which are out of town so this is another issue to take into consideration.

No its not - see earlier in this thread - http://bicycles.net.au/forums/viewtopic ... 00#p815435
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Aushiker » Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:54 pm

smoran wrote:>>Next question is how can one transport a Mango. I am guess will not fit in a Subaru Imprezza and to heavy for the roof. I do some Audax rides which are out of town so this is another issue to take into consideration.

No its not - see earlier in this thread - viewtopic.php?f=29&t=46056&start=500#p815435

I wonder if he did that by himself :wink:

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Baalzamon » Fri Nov 16, 2012 2:25 pm

Aushiker wrote:
smoran wrote:>>Next question is how can one transport a Mango. I am guess will not fit in a Subaru Imprezza and to heavy for the roof. I do some Audax rides which are out of town so this is another issue to take into consideration.

No its not - see earlier in this thread - viewtopic.php?f=29&t=46056&start=500#p815435

I wonder if he did that by himself :wink:

Andrew


He sure did
I've put my Ice Adventure FS Hd onto my roof of my car before as a test. Quite easy to do as well. I would put something underneath the mango before lifting up the rear of the mango and get it onto the bonnet of the car before pushing it up the rest of the way
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Aushiker » Fri Nov 16, 2012 2:28 pm

Baalzamon wrote:He sure did
I've put my Ice Adventure FS Hd onto my roof of my car before as a test. Quite easy to do as well. I would put something underneath the mango before lifting up the rear of the mango and get it onto the bonnet of the car before pushing it up the rest of the way


Ah okay. I was thinking of lifting ...

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Aushiker » Fri Nov 16, 2012 4:08 pm

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoSQuLoaBMI&hd=1[/youtube]

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby John Lewis » Fri Nov 16, 2012 4:12 pm

Hi Andrew,

Just a comment.

Stuarts knees were touching the bonnet because I didn't have any spare chain so I couldn't move the bottom bracket forward.
Had that been done he would have had no trouble I think.

BTW the young fellow in the vid is Trey. Just a teenager and with his own velo. Lucky lad.

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Aushiker » Fri Nov 16, 2012 4:27 pm

I like the look of these Sundrider Cycles but they spec is not up there with the Mango Sports Red Edition

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Baalzamon » Fri Nov 16, 2012 4:42 pm

Aushiker wrote:Ah okay. I was thinking of lifting ...

Andrew


When you own a trike you experiment with these kind of things :)
Did it with phils Ice Vortex but we did keep the seat off, didn't want it catching bugs. Used some 700c tubes tied to the wheels and then strapped either onto the roof rack, or strapped thru the door internally. It was going nowhere.
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Baalzamon » Fri Nov 16, 2012 4:47 pm

Aushiker wrote:I like the look of these Sundrider Cycles but they spec is not up there with the Mango Sports Red Edition

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110kg weight limit as well
45kg beast vs 30kg for mango
Mango RE in my books
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Aushiker » Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:30 pm

It would be cool if one could get a Red Edition in this colour ... :)

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Riggsbie » Fri Nov 16, 2012 6:01 pm

I have put my Mango onto the roof of my Mondeo wagon and bungeed it to the roof bars......it was a three person lift ! Just because it was awkward.....

I was not happy to go over 75kph......paranoia !

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Baalzamon » Fri Nov 16, 2012 6:54 pm

Riggsbie wrote:I have put my Mango onto the roof of my Mondeo wagon and bungeed it to the roof bars......it was a three person lift ! Just because it was awkward.....

I was not happy to go over 75kph......paranoia !

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You need to try rear lift onto the bonnet of the car or boot what ever is easiest.
Found with my trike it was easier from the front.
Phils vortex we just lifted as its so light
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby John Lewis » Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:30 pm

Aushiker wrote:It would be cool if one could get a Red Edition in this colour ... :)

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I think you could. probably cost extra though.
I don't think I'd want the black in our climate though.
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