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Old 06-12-13, 08:05 AM   #1
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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.
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Old 06-13-13, 07:48 AM   #2
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That's cool. Any pictures of the interior and frame so we can see how it works?
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Old 06-18-13, 07:25 PM   #3
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Full view of this build on:
http://www.ratrodbikes.com/forum/vie...p?f=76&t=72037
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Old 08-01-13, 05:11 PM   #4
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Finished the velo
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Old 08-01-13, 07:19 PM   #5
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Very nice looking.
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Finished the velo
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That's entirely too cool.
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Please post some pix of the guts of this thing!
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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
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I really like the style, reminds me of chitti chitti bang bang, but it looks rather heavy, how do you find pedaling the velocar?
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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
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Photo of bottom showing the linkage
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What kind of seats are those?
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My best friend has one of these:

Loves it. I'll be getting a similar velomobile soon.
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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.
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Old 08-07-13, 07:37 PM   #16
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My best friend has one of these:

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.
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OT,,,but I would like to see a better picture of the red motorcycle/side car set up
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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/
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Old 12-24-13, 07:54 PM   #19
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where can you get one?
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Nice Ural too!
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I have one also.
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That's a banana-bike, not a velocar !
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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.
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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
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where can you get one?
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