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.
You may want to view other wooden velomobiles here.
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.
The Aero Bullet
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.
BROL’er, Rick OBrien, (robrien24) Has a near complete full fairing for his ICE Sprint RS. Rick’s modular approach to building is unique and looks strong, lightweight with great aesthetics. His complete build information can be found on this BROL thread.
I love the very compact looks. Enjoy the Vid.
My son, David, just posted a link to Low-tech Magazine’s article Electric Velomobiles: as Fast and Comfortable as Automobiles, but 80 times more Efficient. I question the as comfortable as part, but I think there is plenty of room for a velomobile with power assist in my life.
I found this article very informative and up to date. Hope you enjoy the read.
Low-tech Magazine is a very interesting rag. I just spent a couple of hours browsing its pages.
“How cool” is not adequate to describe the Mosquito Zero. Awesome, maybe. Beautiful, breathtaking, grand, impressive, magnificent, majestic, mind-blowing, moving, striking, stunning. You could apply any of these adjectives or make up your own. After you understand what two brothers Olivier and Nicolas Chambon accomplished, you can double up the adjectives.
Since I developed an interest in recumbents and began searching the internet for information, the Mosquito Velomobiles site has been of interest to me. At first I didn’t know enough to understand their concepts, but over the months as my knowledge grew my understanding of their work grew.
I begin to study the concept of making a skin on frame velomobile for my delta trike and my search for this information redirected my attention back to the Mosquito Zero skin on frame body. What a work of art.
After a build of three years, Mosquito Zero is finished. How cool. Thanks Olivier and Nicolas for sharing your experiences and expertise.
Maybe you can reserve this lengthy read for a rainy day. Between the build thread on the French forum, Le Forum du Vélorizontal (Chrome translates) and the brothers’ Mosquito Velomobiles web site, you can spend a couple of educational and entertaining hours.
Video mosquito carené première sortie 50k There are other videos on both the web site and the forum.
Here is a new build of Coroplast by Jeff-o on BentRider Online and he has made a super Instructable of his build. This is one of my favorites of Coroplast. Jeff has done an exceptional job of outlining his steps from computer modeling to his research of gluing methods. I love his chose of color for the full fairing on his trike. Way to go Jeff.