Electric motors in recumbents Some time ago I electrified my ICE Sprint recumbent trike. This was to enable me to keep up with Klaus on his trike, a Wild One. Klaus was a faster rider than me, despite the Wild One being 6-7kg heavier than the ICE Sprint; this is of course down to biology… Continue reading Millie goes electric! Fitting a Bafang electric motor to a Milan GT Velomobile
Once the realisation dawned that Humphrey the Quattrovelo would not be a suitable velomobile for me for all purposes, because it was too painful for me to get out of him regularly because of my arm disability, I decided I needed to make Millie more user-friendly as I would keep her. When you just have… Continue reading Pimp my Milan – Millie gets a makeover!
A long, long time ago I ordered a Quattrovelo. Then I received this birthday cake celebrating it… But then I had second thoughts about my ability to get in and out due to my disability and bought a second hand Milan instead. My place on the order list for the Quattrovelo was handed over to… Continue reading Auntie Helen buys *another* Velomobile – Humphrey the Quattrovelo
For Sale: Penelope, Versatile 006 Under 6000km completed before I bought her almost 4 years ago, I have ridden 15500km, so 22000km in total, or less. As I am no longer riding her (due to Millie the Milan) and my new Quattrovelo will arrive early next year, it’s time to find a new home for… Continue reading For Sale: Penelope the Versatile Velomobile
The first part of this Blog post was also published in the following post: Six Wheels In Germany – October 2016 but I have added more information below. When I test-rode Millie the Milan Velomobile she had the following gearing: 2 fach Ritzel vorne (2 chainrings front) 64/38 9 fach Ritzel hinten (9 sprockets rear)… Continue reading Fitting a Schlumpf Mountain Drive into a Milan Velomobile
Yes, I have done it – I have bought a companion for Penelope. Yes, companion. I am not planning on selling Penelope in the short term as she fulfils a role that her new stablemate, the Milan, cannot. She is an everyday load-carrying workhorse, the Milan is a speedy long-distance rocket. This all seems very… Continue reading Auntie Helen buys another Velomobile!
Klaus has now had Celeste the Strada Velomobile for about four months and cycled over 5,500km in her, including a 9-day 1,270km solo tour to the Baltic Sea last week. Anyway, he’s the sort of chap who likes to do occasional modifications to his bikes and had purchased a couple of months ago a set… Continue reading Celeste the Strada gets new suspension (or, ‘Pimp my Velomobile’)
Nope, I haven’t bought a new Velomobile. But Klaus has! Here is the tale of our two trips to Dronten in NL where most Velomobiles seem to be born. Dronten by car Last year I took Penelope to Ligfietsshop Tempelman for her annual service of the Rohloff hub and a general checkup. Gerritt Tempelman did… Continue reading A new Velomobile and a 201km ride
It’s been a little while since I’ve written about Penelope but that is partly because she has been a bit of a ‘work in progress’. I mentioned in some of my earlier blog posts that she had sustained some damage from two accidents when friends were riding her (they each rolled her onto her side… Continue reading Penelope gets a makeover
On 3 June 2014 Penelope crossed the 1000 mile / 1600km mark in my ownership. So what have I learned about my new bike in that time? Firstly, it’s brilliant fun riding a velomobile! Since I’ve had Penelope I’ve not used Alfie the ICE Sprint very much and, as is clear from the above screenshots… Continue reading 1000 Versatile Miles
Today was the day, long awaited, when Penelope the Versatile Velomobile came to live with me in Germany. As mentioned on previous blog posts, I bought Penelope from Alex who lives in Rotterdam but realised it wasn’t a good idea to bring her back to the UK as she doesn’t fit in my car. Alex… Continue reading Penelope the Versatile moves to Germany
A week or so ago I bought myself a Flevobike Versatile Velomobile, having ridden it for five miles. Obviously I had done a little bit of research on these beforehand, which included getting in contact with several owners of Versatiles, so I thought I’d write a bit about what I have learned as there doesn’t… Continue reading The Versatile Velomobile – and V006 in particular
The headline says it all – I seem to have bought a velomobile! And it wasn’t for sale just around the corner, I had to embark upon a mini expedition – to Rotterdam in the Netherlands no less! The fact that I have succumbed to a velomobile will not be a surprise to many readers… Continue reading Auntie Helen buys a velomobile