Living with a velomobile

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby recumbenteer » Sat Oct 22, 2016 11:56 am

Built in Spa.......
http://rvvelonaut.blogspot.com.au/
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby TrikeTragic » Sun Oct 23, 2016 9:51 am

recumbenteer wrote:Built in Spa.......


Does the TriSled come with a rudder option? Gives Bay rides a whole new meaning! :)

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Bartek » Mon Nov 28, 2016 4:57 pm

I received an email from Westcycle about bike week, and I must say I like their Header photo :D

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby burnt » Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:11 am

Here's a ride report from an Audax Midnight Century ride I did in November 2016 in my Mango with another Mango pilot.

http://burntsblog.blogspot.com.au/

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby John Lewis » Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:50 pm

Looked like fun Terry.
Beyond my capabilities these days though.
That's the trouble with being closer to 80 than to 70. :D
Did you need an extra battery for the lights?
Don't think I'd have liked to be in the 80kmh range in my Mango as it becomes almost uncontrollable at around 50kmh down hill.

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby burnt » Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:53 pm

Hi John, the battery lasted the ride time of 7.5 hours with the headlight on for 4.5 hours. it still had charge left. It is the original battery, so doing pretty well really.

I have a spare battery but still haven't used it yet, perhaps I should start cycling both of them.

At 70-80kph, it was controllable, but required 100% attention!

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby John Lewis » Wed Feb 01, 2017 12:22 am

Thanks Terry.
That's quite a good battery life for sure.
You would have charged your batteries more often than me so certainly is a good life span.

I usually charge mine when the horn ceases to work. Quick blip test.
I recall being told you had done a steering mod. Think Ben mentioned it. Mine is still as original and was always not quite right for some reason.

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby burnt » Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:32 pm

I was thinking of doing the steering mod, but I haven't as yet.

I believe Bartek in Perth has done it and could advise if it makes a difference.

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby John Lewis » Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:36 pm

Thanks Terry. I'll email him and see what he can tell me.
I did see a kit to do the job mentioned a while back but can't
recall where I saw it.

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Postby Joeblake » Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:31 am

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Joeblake » Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:46 am

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby petie » Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:02 am

I've recently received my velogical dynamo and forumslader buffer battery system. Got a nice B&M iq-x and taillight, just configuring an indicator system and then fit the whole lot and I'll feel a lot more comfortable in my Rotovelo!!

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby OldBloke » Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:47 am

petie wrote:I've recently received my velogical dynamo and forumslader buffer battery system. Got a nice B&M iq-x and taillight, just configuring an indicator system and then fit the whole lot and I'll feel a lot more comfortable in my Rotovelo!!


I'll be interested to see your report on how well the dynamo works.

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby zebee » Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:27 pm

I was going to get a Velologic but the GT20 has oval tubes and they said their brackets won't fit. So I got a sunup ecodyn spoke dynamo instead. It is heavy but on a trike does that matter? Simple to fit and does the job.

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Joeblake » Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:36 am

A 4-wheel velo with motor(s)
https://newatlas.com/podbike-velomobile/52036/

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and the reality (so far)

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby petie » Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:20 pm

OldBloke wrote:
petie wrote:I've recently received my velogical dynamo and forumslader buffer battery system. Got a nice B&M iq-x and taillight, just configuring an indicator system and then fit the whole lot and I'll feel a lot more comfortable in my Rotovelo!!


I'll be interested to see your report on how well the dynamo works.

OB


Apologies for the mediaeval reply speed. Unfortunately I've barely ridden the velo with it fitted, but I did get it on there for a few test rides and it worked well. The battery system that I have is rather complicated though and I couldn't recommend that part for anyone but the most nerdy tech head (speaking German would help alot). I'm going to start riding it a bit more again and will see how it goes. I plan on printing a more robust 3D printed mount soon too.

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby John Lewis » Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:17 pm

Couple of Velos doing well in the Trans Am Bike Race.
Marcel Graber is currently leading and Dave Lewis in 3rd position.

https://transambikerace.com/

Quite a lot of discussion in Velo section on BROL

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Joeblake » Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:51 pm

Looks like a Velo won the Trans AM Bike Race - by over 100 miles it would seem. And a Velo looks like being 3rd. Wow. And it's a Self-Supported event. Would like to see how much gear he carried on his Velo.
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Joeblake » Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:01 pm

" Would like to see how much gear he carried on his Velo."

Well, I answered my own question. Here's a video taken at a bike shop following repairs. Doesn't look like he has stuff strapped to the outside.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DG6ngSSA2Kk
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby John Lewis » Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:15 pm

Yes. Both he and the second place were well ahead of the record too
Marcel Gruber romped it in. Would have been faster but I believe he had a problem that slowed him down.
Second place to Peter Anderson on a diamond frame.
Dave Lewis in the other velo looks like he may end up 4th. He apparently has an Achilles problem that is causing him trouble. I do hope he finishes.
From what I read Gruber's velo was specially built for him and weighed in at around 12kg if I recall correctly. My velo by comparison is 27.5 kg.
I saw quite a bit of whinging that the velo isn't a bike and shouldn't be counted or a new category is needed etc etc.

Will be interesting to see what the future hold in that regard.

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Joeblake » Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:41 pm

Just found this video. The bloke tries to meet up with Marcel Graber in his velo and attempts to interview him while riding his own bike, but unfortunately the Velo comes to a downhill straight and leave the DF rider in his dust. (He eventually catches him at about 1:15 into the video. But not for long.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFx5k4FadxA
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby find_bruce » Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:50 pm

If they don't want velos to win, pick a route with more hills, although at 12 kg, he's not going to be at much of a disadvantage

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Rhubarb » Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:57 pm

find_bruce wrote:If they don't want velos to win, pick a route with more hills, although at 12 kg, he's not going to be at much of a disadvantage


They did pick a hilly route. It went up and over the Rocky Mountains first, and finished with constant grades up to 20% through the Appalachians. Unfortunately, they connected these 2 via the plains of Kansas, where Marcel did a 603km day at 44.7km/h avg. Marcel actually crested the peak of the Rocky Mountains first, blasted across the plains, then struggled, but actually held his ground through Kentucky and Virginia, to win by about 14 hours, and take a day off the previous race record. Marcel velo was actually more like 18 kgs, plus spares and luggage.

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby John Lewis » Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:08 pm

went to look this afternoon at the tracker and judged it just right to see Dave Lewis arrive in 4th place in his velo.
A sterling effort as he was nursing an achilles injury. There was quite a "hill" to overcome too. Guess it wasn't called Vesuvius for nothing.

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Re: Living with a velomobile

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