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frameteam2003 06-12-13 08:05 AM

workin on a velocar
 
it's getting close but not ready--next week I'll put in a jack shaft to link up both front pedals with the rear end.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l2...ps5d9b348e.jpg

Artkansas 06-13-13 07:48 AM

That's cool. Any pictures of the interior and frame so we can see how it works?

frameteam2003 06-18-13 07:25 PM

Full view of this build on:
http://www.ratrodbikes.com/forum/vie...p?f=76&t=72037

frameteam2003 08-01-13 05:11 PM

Finished the velo
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l2...pse96fc6f8.jpg

Artkansas 08-01-13 07:19 PM

Very nice looking.

Italuminium 08-02-13 03:54 AM

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Originally Posted by frameteam2003 (Post 15914980)
Finished the velo

that's fantastic.

arex 08-02-13 07:30 PM

That's entirely too cool.

jockotobling 08-02-13 10:22 PM

Please post some pix of the guts of this thing!

Astrozombie 08-02-13 10:45 PM

I was just wondering the other day why 4 wheeled human powered "cars" never really took off? Does the extra weight really make it pointless? What if you have 4 people pedaling? It's just Bicycle -> Standard automobile

tigerteeuwen 08-04-13 08:54 AM

I really like the style, reminds me of chitti chitti bang bang, but it looks rather heavy, how do you find pedaling the velocar?

frameteam2003 08-06-13 03:06 PM

This is my second--velocar. And the most advanced I've done. And yes---weight does matter---a lot of things could be done differently. This one works great as is but only for rides in a park or such. With more time and skill I think I could do a velocar and up it to "cruzer" class ... meaning that by reducing the weight a velocar would make a very good City bike.
I'm going to study this one for a while before jumping in on another one---but I've already started looking at new differentals
http://www.contesengineering.com/sam...erentials.html

frameteam2003 08-06-13 03:09 PM

Photo of bottom showing the linkage
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l2...ps83b765c5.jpg

arex 08-06-13 08:27 PM

What kind of seats are those?

skye 08-07-13 04:05 AM

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My best friend has one of these:
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=333347
Loves it. I'll be getting a similar velomobile soon.

frameteam2003 08-07-13 07:36 PM

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Originally Posted by arex (Post 15933467)
What kind of seats are those?

Boat seats from a local sporting goods store--well made and light weight--drawback is the mount I made from a car bucket seat weights too much.

frameteam2003 08-07-13 07:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by skye (Post 15934015)
My best friend has one of these:
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=333347
Loves it. I'll be getting a similar velomobile soon.

love it--wish I had one---will be building a recumbent 3 wheeler/ no body.

squirtdad 08-08-13 05:00 PM

OT,,,but I would like to see a better picture of the red motorcycle/side car set up

frameteam2003 08-09-13 05:06 PM

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Originally Posted by squirtdad (Post 15940725)
OT,,,but I would like to see a better picture of the red motorcycle/side car set up

It's a Ural. Check out their web site at;
http://www.imz-ural.com/

e0richt 12-24-13 07:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by skye (Post 15934015)
My best friend has one of these:
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=333347
Loves it. I'll be getting a similar velomobile soon.

where can you get one?

BenVoiles 02-07-14 09:17 AM

Nice Ural too!

kickstart 02-17-14 08:50 PM

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Originally Posted by BenVoiles (Post 16475460)
Nice Ural too!

+1

I have one also.

bulevardi 05-09-14 09:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by skye (Post 15934015)
My best friend has one of these:
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=333347
Loves it. I'll be getting a similar velomobile soon.

That's a banana-bike, not a velocar !

StephenH 05-18-14 04:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Astrozombie (Post 15919953)
I was just wondering the other day why 4 wheeled human powered "cars" never really took off? Does the extra weight really make it pointless? What if you have 4 people pedaling? It's just Bicycle -> Standard automobile

Back when I was in college, I saw one of the then-newfangled velocars on campus. It was going about 10 mph.
There are several drawbacks. Weight and wind resistance being the major ones. If you fully enclose it, you have a sweatbox, if you leave it open, you don't really gain much over a bicycle.
Rhoades (or maybe Rhodes, not sure of the spelling) makes a 4-wheel car bike, which seems overpriced and clunky.

The higher-end Velocars like the yellow one pictured are a different matter. There, you're hopefully gaining in the aerodynamics department, so hopefully, you can make up some of what you lose in the weight side of things. Whether it all works out like that is a different matter.

StephenH 05-18-14 04:28 PM

Oh, if you have some time to kill, peruse this very interesting collection. If I remember right a FEW are pedal-power, most are not- but the micro-car idea has been explored extensively, just never with much success. Small pedalpower, a bike seems by far the most popular option, small gas-power, a motorcycle or scooter is the most popular option.
Virtual Tour of the Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum

delcrossv 05-20-14 02:54 PM

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Originally Posted by e0richt (Post 16357172)
where can you get one?

Velomobiles - bluevelo - Your velomobile source in North America :D


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