Living with a velomobile

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby nitramluap » Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:16 pm

smoran wrote:
nitramluap wrote: I'm sure they think I'm either mad or disabled.


Crazy like a fox :-)


Hehe :)

What are YOU doing here? ;)
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby smoran » Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:22 pm

Just dreaming of the day when I can afford one of these bad boys...
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby nitramluap » Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:28 pm

smoran wrote:Just dreaming of the day when I can afford one of these bad boys...


It will come, don't worry! :-D
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby John Lewis » Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:59 pm

nitramluap wrote: I'm sure they think I'm either mad or disabled.


:D Yes I had one old chap think it was a new you beaut Gopher (mobiliy scooter)

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby John Lewis » Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:00 pm

smoran wrote:Just dreaming of the day when I can afford one of these bad boys...


Now that you've looked on the dark side there can be no turning back.
You are hooked.
I'm sure if you really want one then it will sooner or later become reality.

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Baalzamon » Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:20 pm

Well I'm firmly hooked into the darkside now. And I'm getting to test John's Mango on Sat/Sun. So I suspect I'll be firmly entrenched.
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Riggsbie » Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:25 am

Nice one !!

The way to Velo Enlightenment is nearing.......

It is the future !!!
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby John Lewis » Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:49 pm

Ah!
But will I be able to prise him back out of it once he's had a taste?
That is the question.

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby nitramluap » Sat Jun 23, 2012 6:38 am

John Lewis wrote:Ah!
But will I be able to prise him back out of it once he's had a taste?
That is the question.

John


Haha. Yes, I've found that a challenge sometimes. 'Just one more go!' :D
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby il padrone » Sat Jun 23, 2012 10:45 am

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Living with a velomobile

Postby Riggsbie » Sat Jun 23, 2012 7:14 pm

So SMUG - Sinner Mango Users Group - is growing fast.......

How many do we have now ?


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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Baalzamon » Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:21 pm

Well back from Albany now.

What an interesting beast the Mango Sport Red Edition. The shell provides so much of the structure, whilst the spine handles the BB, seat, mid drive and only has a few bolts attaching to the exterior.
It's a shame John didn't have any spare 10 speed chain lying around as I had to operate on the small chain ring and the middle in only 3-4 gears. I spun out...
My feet do not like the touring pedals that came with John's, after 7km they were protesting and wanted out.
Do I want a Mango hmmm
I'm expecting wheel covers and a GX fairing for my trike this week so time will tell.
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby John Lewis » Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:42 pm

Baalzamon neglects to mention that even so he was leaving me on my LWB lowracer in the dust.

I could nearly keep up for a while though. What would he have done to me if he'd had all the gears?
It was unfortunate that we didn't have some spare chain.

The mango was a pretty snug fit and we had to lay the seat way back to get Baalz's shoulders under the cockpit lip. Amazingly then it fitted quite well except for not being able to quite set the pedals the way we wanted.
I'm not responsible for any bruised knees.

Trouble is now I have to try to get it back the way I had it. :D

Later we had a pleasant trike safari around the bottom of Princess Royal harbour with Helen and the dog in its trailer. Pity we were slow and held Baalz back. He had to leave us and go ahead as he needed to get away to return to the city.

I thought he'd left me a set of AyUps but it seems he just forgot them. No worry I'll post them tomorrow.
The velo was still here but only because it wouldn't fit in his car I suspect. :mrgreen:

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Baalzamon » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:51 pm

Yep couldn't fit it in my car :(
So no free Mango
Just lucky I have a VW golf, and not a VW transporter hah
So so tempting to have a mango and toasting roadies
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby John Lewis » Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:30 pm

Baalzamon wrote:Yep couldn't fit it in my car :(
So no free Mango
Just lucky I have a VW golf, and not a VW transporter hah
So so tempting to have a mango and toasting roadies


Just as well you hadn't seen this then.

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Baalzamon » Mon Jun 25, 2012 1:34 pm

psychic link working!
10:30am I thought about that as well with my roof rack! Just would be quite hard to get onto the roof :roll:
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Living with a velomobile

Postby Riggsbie » Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:47 pm

Cool.....

Anything is possible !


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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Joeblake » Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:52 pm

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I like the way he's got the velo facing the wrong way, otherwise the aerodynamic lift generated by the shell might lift the car off the ground. :mrgreen:

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby John Lewis » Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:22 pm

In the manual they explain how to do this rooftop trick. I notice the one in that picture is facing forward. Must be a slow driver.

Excerpt from Manual
It is also possible to transport your Mango on the top of a car. In
this case you rely on the Mangos tyres to protect the top of the car
from being damaged by the Mango. You can then tie the Mango
down to rails on top of the car. In particular, tie the front wheels
sideways, and use a strap over the cockpit opening, with foam
rubber or an old blanket to protect the body of the Mango.
It may look a bit cumbersome, but the Mango is more
aerodynamic than a normal bike, so will cause less drag on the
top of a car than a bike rack carrying normal bicycles.

However, do take care as you drive. The combination will be
more affected by side-winds, and a height restrictions could ruin your whole day.

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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby mozart » Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:45 pm

Hi , this is my first time on this forum , I am looking buy a Quest or Quest XS. I hoping some of you may help on working out on gearing just don't know what would be best gearing put on Quest ,standard is 53/42/30 chain rings front, casette rear 11-28, optional 11-32 or 11-34, I be ridding on on flat country roads to climb hill, South West Vic. At moment I have Greenspeed GTO for roads and Velotechnik Scorpion FS . I hope to make my order in next two weeks on Quest, look like it will take about 6 months to deliver it from my order.

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Re: Bung it on the Roof?

Postby Poiter » Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:54 am

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Living with a velomobile

Postby Riggsbie » Thu Jun 28, 2012 3:22 pm

Hey James,

Good to have a new member !

So whereabouts in Vic are you ? I am Torquay, be good to have another Velonaut somewhere nearby in the future !


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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby mozart » Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:00 pm

Riggsbie wrote:Hey James,

Good to have a new member !

So whereabouts in Vic are you ? I am Torquay, be good to have another Velonaut somewhere nearby in the future !


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just out of town on North east Hamilton , it will be good to see another Velomobile, there is one another person in Hamilton has a rotovelo
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Re: Living with a velomobile

Postby Baalzamon » Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:49 pm

Quest velomobiles have a 11m turning
Mango is 8m
My ice is 3.85m for turning

Hence I'm getting mango due to 8m turning circle.
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Living with a velomobile

Postby Riggsbie » Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:28 pm

What's the aero advantage of the fully faired front wheels (Quest) vs wheel covers (Mango) ?

Clearly the disadvantage is the turning circle of a small Australian Shire.....


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