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Thursday, December 6, 2012

One Year Anniversary

We are celebrating one year online today. So I thought I would update you with a new invention that is bound to get some attention. Revolights http://revolights.com/ is a new light that attaches to your wheels and lights up the road. Check it out, it looks pretty cool.


Monday, December 3, 2012

Organic Transit on Kickstarter

For those of you who remember, I uploaded a website known as Organic Transit. They have a concept for human powered vehicles with electric assist that they will be producing soon. They have a new link that goes to a kickstarter campaign. If you would like to see something like this get to production, like I would, go to http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/842248593/roll-out-the-elf-to-your-city and donate to their start-up. Things like this should be in our future, and all the help we can give them will make it a reality for all of us.

                              Here is a video they have put up on kickstarter.

Road Hawk

                                       
O.K. here is a new one.  Just point your browser to http://www.wejkama.com/en/velomobile-road-hawk-en.html to see what looks like a prototype of a new velomobile. Only seem to be able to fine the first page about this one, but hopefully it will spur some competition and lower prices for all of us.


e also offer making 3D models, moulds and production of shells dedicated for velomobile type vehicles.
Technical specification
DIMENSIONS
- lenght: 280cm
- width: 80cm
- height: 108cm
WHELLBASE
135cm
SHELL MATERIAL
Composite fibre and aluminium
SEAT
Adjustable seat made of composite fibre
DRIVE AND ACCESSORIES
Shimano + an electric engine
STEERING SYSTEM
A dual joystick
CHASSIS SUSPENSION
Interior-sprung shock absorbers for all wheels
FORE WHEELS
Aluminium rims 20"
BRAKES
Disc brakes
STANDARD EQUIPMENT
- Fore LED lights
- Rear LED light
- LED indicators
- Electric horn
- Bike computer
- Charger
- Wing mirrors
- Glass fiber seat
- Hardtop
- wheel covers
- RAL classic colour palette lacquer
If you are interested here is there contact information.


Are you interested in??? Contact us 792-270-250 or firma@wejkama.com

Monday, October 29, 2012

Some more DIY information

Here's a little info for all you DIY folks out there. I found a company that sells electric kits for bikes that also sells recumbent trikes. The company Cyclone-TW sells a 27 speed disk brake recumbent trike starting at 599 dollars. They also have a "tilting" recumbent for around 1700. This could be a good start for a low cost DIY velomobile. Here are some pics I found from their website.


 The trike pictured to the right is a tilting recumbent trike. While the one pictured below is a standard recumbent. Both trikes can be fitted with electric assist with many different power settings. They might not be the big name brands, but for those of us on a budget, this could be a good way to get started.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Trisled Breaks Land Speed Record

Below is a video you must watch to believe.  Gareth Hanks piloted this Trisled Velomobile to a new trike land speed record of 115.53 kilometers per hour. Who needs motor assist when your that fast?



Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Tripod by Columbia Cycle Works

product2.jpgHere we go guys. Straight from Portland, Oregon is a company called Columbia Cycle Works. Their new velomobile called the Tripod is slated to start production soon. It looks to be one of the cheapest velomobiles on the road, at a cost of $7450 dollars US. For more info or to place an order go check them out at  http://columbiacycleworks.com/index.php?
option=com_content&view=article&id=11&Itemid=8
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While the design may be a little unorthodox, the premise is simple. Provide a good quality velomobile at an affordable price, that has lights, a hard shell roof, a windshield wiper, and a 500 watt electric assist motor as standard equipment. If needed to ship in the continental United States, a shipping fee of 5 or 6 hundred dollars will be applied. At that price, the electric assist is said to provide a top speed of 20 mph, which is all federal law will provide for a human powered vehicle. We will keep an eye on this one, they are certainly starting to get more and more affordable.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Velayo Velomobile

O.K. so once in a while a new velomobile gets away from me. So here is a different design. This one is called Velayo and their website is located at     http://www.fortschritt-fahrzeugbau.de/ . This design is much higher than most and it looks like it could be seen much easier in traffic. The design takes some getting use to, but it gives us a new direction we could go in.

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The pictures are located on their website along with many more, and some video. The only problem I see with this design is the rear wheel steering. Traditionally, rear wheel steering has proven to be unstable at high speeds, so I would love to see an independent test of this one to prove its stability.

Here is some more information from their website, some of which has been translated from German.


The Velayo challenging convention and common Velomobile concepts.

  1. The only velomobile it features a rear-wheel steering and front wheel drive. Thus, a short and light chain without deflection possible and the front wheels can be made rigid: tracking error are excluded. Both measures result in minimal friction and enable easy driving even at low speeds. It is a higher power surplus to accelerate.
  2. The position of the rider is to create higher than normal market velomobiles for better visibility and visibility. The Augpunkthöhe is independent of the driver's size approx 100cm.
  3. The seat position can be adapted continuously to a wide range of drivers are (165-195cm), without adjusting a length of the chain is required.
  4. The Velayo has a wheelbase of about 2m. This improves directional stability and ride comfort of the frame and prevents lifting the rear wheel even at sharp braking maneuvers.
  5. The Velayo is through consistent lightweight larger and lighter than the same market competitors.
The Velayo embodies the conscious sacrifice of ballast and its impressive modern design and advanced technology.


Specifications
Frame:Aluminum spaceframe
Seating:Aluminum frame with breathable and customizable mesh, seat position without adjusting the chain length adjustable from 165cm to 195cm for drivers
Suspension:Neutral driving seat suspension
Steering:Rear-wheel steering with stable straight and stable cornering
Panel:GRP panel with part-sandwich structure
Brakes:Brake Avid BB7 160mm
Brake levers:V-brake lever with integrated parking brake
Front Shifter:SRAM grip shift Attack Micro
Rear shifter:SRAM grip shift Attack 9-fold
Crank:Shimano compact 50/34
Derailleur:Shimano Tiagra 2-fold
Cassette:Shimano SLX 11-28
Chain:Shimano Deore XT
Rear derailleur:Deore XT Shadow
Headlights:Busch & Müller Ixon IQ Speed
Taillight:Trelock LS610
Dimensions:L285cm X B110cm X H120cm
Turning circle:11.5 m
Geschwindigeit[at 210W]:39.2 km / h
Weight :32kg (including lighting)
Cargo capacity: :100kg driver and 20kg luggage
Features / Price:Prices incl VAT
PosDescriptionNo.UnitPrice / UnitPrice / Gb
1Velayo yellow, serial number # # # # #,
increased shoulder room / low access now standard,
bell incl wheel fairings, luggage bag behind the driver, rain cover, lights, speedometer,
1St€ 5,640.00€ 5,640.00
2Low access / increased shoulder room (now standard)1St€ 116.00€ 116.00
3Desired color1St€ 150.00€ 150.00
4Large reflector stickers (black, retro-reflective silver)1Stz€ 200.00€ 200.00
      
53-way crank1Stfree€ 0.00
6Schlumpf gear
(EPP as per price list Smurf - € 60 credit standard crank)
1St  
7Bar end shifters1St€ 104.00€ 104.00
      
8Fenders1St€ 116.00€ 116.00
9Deflectors1St€ 35.00€ 35.00
10Versatile roof with Velayo disc and recently Deflectors1St€ 295.00€ 295.00
  
11prolonged steering lever1Pr€ 30.00€ 30.00
12elongated seat1St€ 40.00€ 40.00
13SPD pedals PD-A 5301St€ 35.00€ 35.00
  
14Battery better reachable -> IQ Speed ​​with long cable1St€ 8.00€ 8.00
15Integrated Electrical Functions with Auf-/Abblenden, turn signals, motorcycle tail light (non-working brake lights), horn1St€ 400.00€ 400.00
16Pinion on the right axle shaft as Preparation for Lohmeyer drive1St€ 140.00€ 140.00
      
17Rear view mirror Busch and Muller incl cultivation1St€ 20.00€ 20.00
18Bottle holder adapter Bottlefix2St€ 11.00€ 22.00
19Aluminum bottle cage2St€ 6.00€ 12.00
20Side pockets (armrests)2St€ 12.00€ 24.00
21Tool box (Mini Pump Topeak Micro Rocket € 25 Tube Schwalbe 14A XXLight € 10, € 2 tire levers, patch kit € 2, 2.5 / 3/4/5/6mm Allen € 8, 7/8/10/13mm ring -/Maulschlüssel € 8, Mini Knipex water pump pliers € 15, tool box € 3)1St€ 75.00€ 75.00
22Desire tires
(EPP request tires - € 40 credit standard tires)
1Stz  
      
23Fabric garage1St€ 179.00€ 179.00
24Transportation costs within D1St€ 300.00€ 300.00
Download a Price List: pdf xls

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Roving reporter update!

Here is a little idea that might help. I got an email from Dan in Colorado who was doing a little research on his own. This gave me a great idea for roving reporters. Because I am not in the position to visit or call everyone in the business, anyone who wants to help us all out with some information of their own I will post it as a Roving Reporter Update. Just send your info in an email and let me know if you want to remain anonymous or leave your name. The first Roving Reporter Update comes from Dan in Littleton, Colorado.

"First of all, I called bluevelo and they are running about 3 months for a carbon quest right now and they want 2,000 USD down to get started. Ray at bluevelo told me that the details about the accessories can be worked out later. Also, at velomobiles.caSteve is still finaliizing the molds for the milan GT and has not begun work on the milan sl. He is looking at November for possibly takiing orders for the sl. Steve told me he would like 60% down for his products. 

From one of your roving reporters!"

Dan in Littleton, Colorado

Monday, July 30, 2012

7th International Velomobile Seminar

Been a long while, but here comes another event. For those of you near Dronten in the Netherlands, we have the 7th International Velomobile Seminar coming up. The dates for the event are September 6th through the 8th. A schedule for the upcoming event is posted below.

For more information about the event go to the official website at
http://www.velomobileseminar.com/location.php or go to the website of the NVHPV http://www.ligfiets.net/nvhpv.html.

The Netherlands are of course well known as the bicycling capital of the world. So those of us in the U.S. will be missing out on one hell of a show. Lets hope someone takes lots of video we can post.

7th International Velomobile Seminar: Programme

Thursday 6 September 2012

9:00-10:30Registration
9:30Opening by Economic Affairs Councillor Appelman from Flevoland
10:30-12:30Session Social, Environment & Communication
12:30-13:30Lunch & poster session
13:30-17:00Session Infra Structure
Incl. tea break
18:30Conference diner
Tickets sold separately

Friday 6 September 2012

9:00-9:30Welcome & Registration
9:30-12:30Session Technology I (incl short coffee break)
12:30-13:45Lunch & poster session
13:15-16:00Session Technology II
20:00 onwardsSeminar Party: all invited
Courtesy of Velomobiel.nl

Saturday 8 September 2012

10:00Address by Mayor of Dronten Aat de Jong
10:00Dronten, De Meerpaal
Record gathering Velomobiles
11:00Departure for Velomobile tour

Friday, June 22, 2012

Organic Transit ELF

Here is a little video of the ELF made by Organic Transit. They want to start building and selling these for 4 grand or so. Check out the other post I made earlier about them and check out their website at www.organictransit.com. We look forward to seeing more from them.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

County health agency turning to velomobile for in-town transport | KRTV.com | Great Falls, Montana

County health agency turning to velomobile for in-town transport | KRTV.com | Great Falls, Montana

Okay, so while it's not quite a velomobile it does represent a step forward. I don't believe I know of any other municipality that has embraced human powered vehicles. Either way, this is a move that should be applauded and replicated everywhere.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Men’s Health: Hip pain leads to year-round riding on velomobile - The Naperville Sun

Men’s Health: Hip pain leads to year-round riding on velomobile - The Naperville Sun

Here is an interesting article for anyone who was on the fence. 61 year old Dr Roger Pardon was suffering from chronic hip pain and now rides a velomobile year round. That should dissuade the rest of us from finding excuses for not riding.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Velomobile Design Contest

O.K. guys here you go. Get out the pens and pencils and dust off your thinking caps, because the B'Twin bicycle company in conjunction with Local-Motors has just released a velomobile design contest.

Check it out here....http://www.local-motors.com/velomobile-competition/2012/04/

The design runs from now until Tuesday May 15, 2012. They are offering $15,000 dollars in prizes.
Here are some clips taken from the Local-Motors site.


Design Brief

<<  Design a lightweight, customizable, urban friendly tricycle that can accomodate two driving positions, provides electric-assist and protection from weather and collision, can be connected to a smartphone, and can fold up to ease parking.  >>


The Company: B'TWIN

"Our desire is to create those innovating solutions and designs that will revolutionize and simplify cycling"


The Specs, Who and What you are designing for

The Technical Specifications of the Brief

The Requirements, Guidelines and Deliverables:

What you will be presenting
Requirements:
  • Tricycle, 2 front wheels, 1 rear wheel
  • Max length in use: 200 cm
  • Maximum width in use: 80 cm
  • Max height: 175 cm
  • Turning radius: 270 cm
  • Power : human, in association with a 250 W motor
  • Carrying weight:: 130 Kg
Guidelines:
  • 1 Driver
  • Driver height : 150 cm min size / 195 cm max size
  • Driver max weight: 130 Kg
  • Driving position (inner-city): seated, back straight, head high
  • Driving position (outside of the city): slightly reclining position
  • Accessible Price
  • Access to pedestrian zones, bike paths, areas where cars are forbidden
  • Good Ventilation
  • Weight- storage – easy parking
Deliverables:
  • To Be Announced

Prizes:

  • First Prize(B'TWIN jury selection): $7500
  • Second Prize: $5000 (Community Favorite)
  • Third Prize: $2500 (Community Runner-Up)