Dave Langkamp left a comment on my DIY Velomobile page about his Radius T-T Velomobile being complete. Dave has graciously shared his 600 hours of build log on his The Tinkers Workshop blog. Grab a cup of coffee and spend some time on one of the most interesting blogs I have ever visited. Congratulations Dave on a job well done and thanks for sharing.
It’s been sometime since I’ve made a post to my blog. Other interest (learning to play the guitar) has taken over some of my hobby time. Yesterday I went to Dallas to visit my son. He has a CNC machine and I inquired about the possibility of cutting a lap steel guitar for me. Our conversation eventually turned to recumbents. He asked if I had seen the CNC cut velomobile kit that Rick OBrien had put on the market. I had followed the thread on BROL but had not known that the kit was now available for sale.
I read a recent thread on BROL where he stated he has suspended sales of the kit while he investigates the possibility of redesigning to fit different models of trikes. Until then, the site is down.
SpearHead Velomobile now offers an all-weather, aerodynamic, CNC cut coroplast velomobile body kit for your ICE Sprint RS and FS. It may fit other models of trikes with, similar wheel base. The kit comes complete with proprietary hot glue sticks, fasteners and assembly manual. According to his site, there are no cable ties and no taped joints waiting to fail from sunlight and weather.
The kit has an introductory price offering of $499 and a mounting kit is available for $249 plus shipping. You’ll find contact information on his website.
This turns you trike into a really nice looking, aerodynamic shaped velomobile. Best of luck with your new venture.
The Plymobile built by Titus van den Brink of the Netherlands is a unique, beautiful velomobile. Titus shared his building information on his blog. Rather than bog you down with detail, Titus has included many pictures of his build so you can see the detail.
Included also are some of his experiences with his velomobile in parades and events.
If your a DIY trike builder type, I can see this happening. Team up the Atomic Zombie Warrior trike plans and an Aero Bullet Velomobile Body Kit and you could have an aerodynamic velomobile of your own for $1500 or so. This could happen if Silver Bullet Bodyworks brings their velomobile kit to market in 2014 for the target price of $1,000. Brad, owner of AtomicZombie, has stated he has never spent over $250 on an AZ build. This could be the perfect match up.
As quoted from the Aero Bullet web page, “The Aero Bullet prototype is mounted on a Catrike Trail model but is designed to fit most recumbent trikes currently on the market. The body fastens to an undertray rigidly hung from the chassis with ride height adjustment.” Their website further states “Prototype testing shows a speed increase of over 30% with the same effort. Wind tunnel testing is scheduled for late 2013 and kits are projected to be available in early 2014.” They also state “Production bodywork will be Kevlar with fiberglass edges. Total body weight is expected to be 12 to 13 lbs” In other places I have read that the side walls of the Aero Bullet are vertical allowing you to trim the bottom to adjust the velo body height to fit your trike. Well 2014 is almost here dangit, bring it on. I’m excited.
I’ve been a frequent visitor of the Atomic Zombie forum and I have seen many nice builds of the AZ StreetFox and AZ Warrior trikes that may be a perfect match with the Aero Bullet kit. Canadian builder Spinner has built a beautiful AZ Warrior if you would like to read through his build thread.
I see no exact measurements on this kit so I guess we’ll have to wait and see if mods will need to be made to what we are presently riding.
I can see this as being a viable option for us having a truly aerodynamic velomobile at an affordable price. I wish them well. If you have a real interest in this product you could send a note showing your support. Info is on their contact page.
I think I’ll paint mine RED.
BentRider Online has a recent post of exactly what I have pictured in my mind for a velomobile cover for my delta trike.Simple to build with a minimum number of joints to construct. Smooth and fast according to Rich. Take a look at his post.