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Old 04-15-19, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Renato GF Naso View Post
Hi!! I would like to build one, on the base of a 2x1 m loading platform bicycle-trailer for my trip from Basle, BS (Basel Stadt), Switzerland, to Jinan, Shandong, P.R.C.; do you have any tips? Thanks.
gruezi Renato

Just so you know, this topic was started 13 years ago, and velomobiles are extremely extremely rare over here in North America, so I very much suspect that you would find more reliable information on some Dutch or German or Scandinavian websites of people who actually own and use velomobiles.

good luck with your idea
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Originally Posted by Renato GF Naso View Post
Hi!! I would like to build one, on the base of a 2x1 m loading platform bicycle-trailer for my trip from Basle, BS (Basel Stadt), Switzerland, to Jinan, Shandong, P.R.C.; do you have any tips? Thanks.
If it is something "new", then you'll have to do some of the basic design work yourself.

What do you have in mind?

What tools do you have at your disposal?

Time & Time Frame?
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Old 04-15-19, 06:44 PM
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Just so you know, this topic was started 13 years ago,
Plenty of time to perfect the design for those of us who are newbies.
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Old 04-15-19, 10:38 PM
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'Light' gets really expensive: Quest Carbon is 28 kg/62 lbs for $8,500. Marcel Graber rode a 22 kg/48 lb Alpha 7 (https://www.velomobiel.ro/stories/alpha-7/) which supposedly is nearing production for sale, no price listed yet. Home-build seems like a lot of work to make something which would probably be really heavy & not work too great.
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Old 04-15-19, 11:48 PM
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Home-build seems like a lot of work to make something which would probably be really heavy & not work too great.
It would certainly depend on where one is at.

It may well work well in a flat, wet area. Although, hot and humid in the velomobile could be very HOT.

It could be a major hassle to have say a 70 pound bike + 30 pounds of gear, and pushing it up big mountains.... that is without electric assist (solar, regen, etc).

Any idea how well the would function in the midwest wind?
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Yeah, imagine taking it up steps or a steep rocky trail! Won't go on planes, might not fit in some pickups/vans even. The aero ones apparently do well vs headwinds, I'd guess crosswinds wouldn't be too bad considering the trike configuration. I could see the appeal for rich bike enthusiasts who want something different to add to their bike stable.
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Rich or not, you'd still get schmucked by a passing truck likely.
sad to say, but not really practical for real world roads.
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Dear djb, hi!!
Do you know Swiss-German? Great!! 13 years ago? Wow! So you're from Montreal?! Too bad I've never been there! (Just Gatineau, close to Ottawa...) Dutch/German/Scandinavian websites? OK, I'll try over there.
Thank you very much for the tip, and all the best!!
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
If it is something "new", then you'll have to do some of the basic design work yourself.

What do you have in mind?

What tools do you have at your disposal?

Time & Time Frame?
Hi CliffordK!!

Yes, it is; then I've got to do some design work.

Just a Bluet for cooking, but with shower and a portable; walls with good insulation, for winter camping!! (According Swiss law, the trailer can have a load exceeding 50 cm in lenght, this way I will have enough space for sleeping, despite the shower...

Tools? Not many, sorry to say.

Time? In few years, I hope!! (It depends on the money)

Thanks and have a nice day!!
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Originally Posted by Renato GF Naso View Post
Dear djb, hi!!
Do you know Swiss-German? Great!! 13 years ago? Wow! So you're from Montreal?! Too bad I've never been there! (Just Gatineau, close to Ottawa...) Dutch/German/Scandinavian websites? OK, I'll try over there.
Thank you very much for the tip, and all the best!!
Renato
sorry, that is the only word I know!
I suggested those countries because it seems to me those are where I have seen that some people own velomobiles.
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Old 04-17-19, 07:42 AM
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I think of a velomobile being a bicycle faired to lower wind resistance, and potentially a bit of rain protection.

It sounds like you are looking for a pedal powered motorhome, somewhat like @saddlesores found, or perhaps would show up at the Burning Man event in Nevada.

The trick will be keeping it light, with low wind resistance.

You might consider a trailer rather than the velomobile. There may well be advantages of being inside at times, but also advantages of being out in the wind, especially in the summer when it could get hot and stuffy inside, plus better visibility when out on a bike.
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