To build the plug for this creation I've decided to use polystyrene insulation board, commonly found in home improvement stores. This is different than the polyisocyanurate foam I have worked with in the past. Using this material will bring up a couple things that are new to me. First is that auto body filler (ABF) … Continue reading Starting to Design my velomobile
I didn't think I'd be doing this.... I was just having fun figuring out composites work, making myself some truly custom pieces. Yet here we are 😉 https://vimeo.com/368685335 So, a fair question is: Why? Well I certainly know it's going to require a lot of work and time. And as someone asked, "you own 2 … Continue reading Designing my own Velomobile!
I like to ride with an action camera on my velomobile rides. It's nice to be able to put together a video of a particularly fun ride or event. But it's also nice to have video evidence in case a vehicle driver does something stupid or dangerous. My first camera was an early edition GoPro … Continue reading Creating a Camera/Fly6 pylon
Nearly all my velomobile rides the last few months have been in the Milan GT; I've been learning the machine and getting accustomed to the ride, as well as getting myself in better riding condition for the season. The WAW had seen little use. On Friday I was going to ride to a local restaurant … Continue reading Time to customize the WAW….
I had to sand and shape some more on the mold; the MDF was showing through in a couple areas, and I know from past experience that no matter how much release wax you try to shove into the MDF it will still adhere to resin. After sanding more, I resprayed the gray gel-coat on … Continue reading Finished making the Milan chain guard
A couple months back I came to the realization that all the projects I had been working on with composites and carbon fiber (CF) were full-on plug - mold - final piece projects, meaning they took lots of time and energy; tons of sanding and polishing, grinding, smoothing and shaping. I needed to try something … Continue reading Designing Milan GT chain cover
The other day I finished the install/fitting of the wheel itself, and created some new CF pieces to help close off the gaps around the rear wheel, insure luggage doesn't get tangled up in the spokes, and they should keep rain and dirt from coming into the interior. The 3 lengths of Wippermann Connex chain … Continue reading Completing the Milan Rohloff installation
I've like the Rohloff internally geared hub (IGH) for many years. I have one installed on my tandem recumbent bike, and also have a Rohloff in the WAW velomobile. Many velomobiles have a rear wheel that is supported and attached on one side of the wheel (the right side); they use a customized axle, but … Continue reading Installing a Rohloff in the Milan GT
Getting myself ready to go to Martha's Vineyard Velo Gathering, but wanted to post this video: https://vimeo.com/343360781 and the end result: Finished and installed SPAI Some quick insect protection!
I have a fondness for Rohloff hubs, I'll admit. I have one installed on our tandem recumbent, and one in the WAW. I purchased the Milan GT in November, and I'm the third owner. Apparently it started out with electric assist, I'm guessing a Bafang on the front, in place of a chain ring. Second … Continue reading Installing a Rohloff wheel in the Milan GT