Velomobiles in Sydney??

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Velomobiles in Sydney??

Postby recumbenteer » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:37 am

Have any been seen? 8)
Is there such a thing as Velos in Sydney? :shock:

Or am I possibly going to be the first? :mrgreen:

Hellooo.... is anyone there?? LOL :lol: :lol:
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Re: Velomobiles in Sydney??

Postby william » Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:19 am

Just an echo rbenteer...
You may be the initiator....wooo.
Look out sydney. What will you be piloting?

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Re: Velomobiles in Sydney??

Postby John Lewis » Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:39 am

william wrote:Just an echo rbenteer...
You may be the initiator....wooo.
Look out sydney. What will you be piloting?

william.


It won't be long and these velos will be hitting critical mass and breeding like rabbits.

So, recumbenteer, Like william said., What's it going to be?

Are you going to tell us or keep us guessing?
Congrats on joining the dark side. :D :D

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Re: Velomobiles in Sydney??

Postby recumbenteer » Sat Aug 25, 2012 1:53 pm

Fingers crosed,... :|

n if the Gods smile.... :)

I'm on the good side of the Minister of Finance.... :mrgreen: +1


A Rotovelo....... gotta Buy Australian!!
It seems this may be at the 'entry level', judging by most of the posts on velomobiles ...i.e not 'euro flash' lol 8)

Not a lot of in-depth owner reviews either when 'net trawling' but , hey....it's my choice of steed :D



although a lotto win would add a "Euro" model Velo to my stable :wink:
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Re: Velomobiles in Sydney??

Postby Riggsbie » Sat Aug 25, 2012 7:22 pm

Nice one !


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Re: Velomobiles in Sydney??

Postby Rhubarb » Sat Aug 25, 2012 9:37 pm

recumbenteer wrote:

A Rotovelo....... gotta Buy Australian!!



http://www.ozhpv.org.au/forsale/forsale.html
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Re: Velomobiles in Sydney??

Postby recumbenteer » Sat Sep 15, 2012 2:19 pm

Rhubarb wrote:
recumbenteer wrote:

A Rotovelo....... gotta Buy Australian!!

http://www.ozhpv.org.au/forsale/forsale.html


Cool.... that's it!! 8) :mrgreen:
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Re: Velomobiles in Sydney??

Postby Rhubarb » Sun Sep 16, 2012 4:12 pm

recumbenteer wrote:
Rhubarb wrote:
recumbenteer wrote:

A Rotovelo....... gotta Buy Australian!!

http://www.ozhpv.org.au/forsale/forsale.html


Cool.... that's it!! 8) :mrgreen:



Poiter - you owe me a beer for the referral :mrgreen:
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Re: Velomobiles in Sydney??

Postby recumbenteer » Sun Sep 16, 2012 7:11 pm

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Re: Velomobiles in Sydney??

Postby recumbenteer » Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:23 pm

10k jaunt Friday arvo in the RV to test the feelers....mmmm not bad 8) needs a bit of fine tuning...


60k jaunt Sunday morning, better, maybe a bit more tweaking needed, but getting there. :D
Certainly got 75km/h out of it.... gravity assisted :shock:

:wink: COOL!!
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Re: Velomobiles in Sydney??

Postby Riggsbie » Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:29 pm

Awesomeness !

Velos are the future.....


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Re: Velomobiles in Sydney??

Postby recumbenteer » Fri Sep 28, 2012 7:22 pm

... Well according to my research, and putting feelers out there.. :|

My Velo is the first and only one in Sydney.... :mrgreen:

Ahh, that warm lonely feeling :cry:
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Re: Velomobiles in Sydney??

Postby John Lewis » Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:32 pm

recumbenteer wrote:... Well according to my research, and putting feelers out there.. :|

My Velo is the first and only one in Sydney.... :mrgreen:

Ahh, that warm lonely feeling :cry:


Yes mine was the first in my neck of the woods too. Baalzamon might yet make it two.

Glad to see you took the plunge with the Rotovelo. Hope you have lots of fun.

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Re: Velomobiles in Sydney??

Postby Rhubarb » Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:59 am

recumbenteer wrote:... Well according to my research, and putting feelers out there.. :|

My Velo is the first and only one in Sydney.... :mrgreen:

Ahh, that warm lonely feeling :cry:


The upside of that is that you won't meet the hundreds of random strangers who call you Paul. ;-)

The downside is the lack of communal spirit, velo club rides, spare parts stock, maintenance advice etc.

In Brisbane, BurnT and I are very lucky to have been able to leverage Nitramluap's experience in owning a mango velo for nearly 2 years.
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Re: Velomobiles in Sydney??

Postby burnt » Sun Sep 30, 2012 6:43 pm

+1 to what Rhubarb says.

It's great to have other velos to ride with, otherwise it can be lonely! A velo ride with average fitness df riders barely gets the heart pumping. At the other end of the spectrum is trying to keep up with Nitramluap-on cardiac alert most of the time!!

Seriously, it has been great to have the advice, experience and generosity of time of Brisbane's velo pioneer.
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Re: Velomobiles in Sydney??

Postby recumbenteer » Sun Sep 30, 2012 7:04 pm

Rhubarb wrote:
recumbenteer wrote:... Well according to my research, and putting feelers out there.. :|

My Velo is the first and only one in Sydney.... :mrgreen:

Ahh, that warm lonely feeling :cry:


The upside of that is that you won't meet the hundreds of random strangers who call you Paul. ;-)

The downside is the lack of communal spirit, velo club rides, spare parts stock, maintenance advice etc.

In Brisbane, BurnT and I are very lucky to have been able to leverage Nitramluap's experience in owning a mango velo for nearly 2 years.


.. ..I do get to meet hundreds of random strangers.....who have no idea what a Velo is they all call me "cool" ;-)

....communal spirit....gotta get the Sydney 'bent riders together somehow, spare parts are easy enough to get as my RV is Aussie made, and uses common parts, maintenance is easy too.... 20 recent years of cycling has taught me heaps.

....well I hope I don't have to wait for 2 years 'til we get another Velo in Sydney :shock:
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Re: Velomobiles in Sydney??

Postby cherock » Sun Jan 13, 2013 11:55 am

Nice meeting you on the bikeways of Sydney Mark! Being a Brisbanite, it's my first time seeing a velomobile other than a Mango. I'm impressed with your Rotovelo, certainly has its own charm. Looking forward to hear about the first ever velomobile to tour across Australia story ;)
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Re: Velomobiles in Sydney??

Postby John Lewis » Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:24 am

cherock wrote:Nice meeting you on the bikeways of Sydney Mark! Being a Brisbanite, it's my first time seeing a velomobile other than a Mango. I'm impressed with your Rotovelo, certainly has its own charm. Looking forward to hear about the first ever velomobile to tour across Australia story ;)


Pete Heal sent me PDF some time back about a two velomobile crossing of Aus. They are called trikes in the article but had a full body fairing.
I don't know if the article is on line anywhere.

Norfolk Punch Tour de Nullabor. Perth Canberra in 24 days 5260 km.
I think Wayne Kotzer built the trike part and the lightweight Kevlar bodies were fitted. I can't recall who made them.

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Re: Velomobiles in Sydney??

Postby Poiter » Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:27 am

Supported as well.
Did the coast route via Melbourne.
Kevlar bodies by Billspeed in Canberra.
Very lumpy finish and open bottom.
One complete trike in Central NSW - John Armstrong?
Fairing mould in a shed in Arrarat VIC needing some TLC.

http://users.tpg.com.au/pheal//TrikingAcrossOz.pdf
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Re: Velomobiles in Sydney??

Postby recumbenteer » Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:43 pm

cherock wrote:Nice meeting you on the bikeways of Sydney Mark! Being a Brisbanite, it's my first time seeing a velomobile other than a Mango. I'm impressed with your Rotovelo, certainly has its own charm. Looking forward to hear about the first ever velomobile to tour across Australia story ;)


Cherock... great to see some 'bents cruising Sydney.... they're a pretty rare sight.

John, Poit... thanks for the link, a bit of extra research never goes astray.

I reckon I will probably be the first fully enclosed Velo to cross the country, UNsupported :mrgreen: gotta luv a challenge!!
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Re: Velomobiles in Sydney??

Postby find_bruce » Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:55 pm

recumbenteer wrote:... Well according to my research, and putting feelers out there.. :|

My Velo is the first and only one in Sydney.... :mrgreen:

Ahh, that warm lonely feeling :cry:

In which case it must have been you I said hello to on the duck creek cycle path last Saturday morning
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Re: Velomobiles in Sydney??

Postby recumbenteer » Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:58 pm

find_bruce wrote:
recumbenteer wrote:... Well according to my research, and putting feelers out there.. :|

My Velo is the first and only one in Sydney.... :mrgreen:

Ahh, that warm lonely feeling :cry:

In which case it must have been you I said hello to on the duck creek cycle path last Saturday morning


Guess so.... lol 2.4m of green is hard to miss :shock:
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Re: Velomobiles in Sydney??

Postby John Lewis » Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:12 pm

Thanks for filling the gaps and providing the link Poit.

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