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

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    Very nice looking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frameteam2003 View Post
    Finished the velo
    that's fantastic.
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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:
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    Loves it. I'll be getting a similar velomobile soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arex View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by skye View Post
    My best friend has one of these:
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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by squirtdad View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by skye View Post
    My best friend has one of these:
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    Loves it. I'll be getting a similar velomobile soon.
    where can you get one?

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    Nice Ural too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenVoiles View Post
    Nice Ural too!
    +1

    I have one also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skye View Post
    My best friend has one of these:
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    Loves it. I'll be getting a similar velomobile soon.
    That's a banana-bike, not a velocar !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Astrozombie View Post
    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.
    "be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by e0richt View Post
    where can you get one?
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