Sunday, December 27, 2009

Probably the last ride of the decade

It was a balmy 50 degrees today. Not bad for the end of December in New England. I dug the trike out from behind the snowblower and lawnmower and did a loop around the reservoir. Nice easy 7 mile ride. It was a little odd seeing piles of melting snow while riding in a light jacket. Well the weather is supposed to revert back to what one would expect in winter so the trike is stowed back in the garage. I seems like yesterday that we were worrying about Y2K and here it is 10 years later.

I just finished hanging the tandem trike project from the ceiling of the basement to start working on the chain line. The camera battery needs charging so no pictures yet, but soon.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

New England Human Powered Vehicle Rally

I finally got around to uploading the pictures off the camera from last weekends Human Powered Vehicle Rally at the Portsmouth, NH Sustainability Fair. As usual I took more pictures of hardware than people. There were some nicely done home builts that I might want to copy. Thanks again to Ethan Davis for organizing the event.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Car Free on Earthday

I had the pleasure of celebrating Earthday with a photo shoot and interview about my velomobile for the New Britain Herald our local paper.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Tasmanian homebuilt velomobile pictures

I recently found this great set of pictures of a homebuilt coroplast velomobile on the BentriderOnline message board velomobile thread. The builder lives in Tasmania, Austrailia, but thanks to the internet we can see the whole process. The pictures document the build and start with the finished product. To see how it was built start at the end and work back to the begining.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

For the last 6 months I've thinking about how to build a tandem recumbent trike using what I've learned from the last couple of projects. I started with some 1.75 inch square aluminum tubing salvaged from the renovation of a doctor's office. The tubing was the frame of an interior glass wall above the reception counter. The tubing was just sitting there waiting to get taken to the dump so I asked if I could save them the trip.
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Here's a picture of the cut tube laid out on the floor of the back porch. Off to the right in the dark you can barely make out the back end of a 20" suspension mountain bike. The white circle shows the placement of the front wheels. The beast is long, almost 13 feet. I've designed it so that it will come apart in the middle so that it will fit on the car roof for transport. There's lots to do, but it's always nice to see how its going go together. Like the past projects, the the tubing will be riveted and epoxied together. The seats were purchased from Andrew Carter whose Recycled Recumbent website is quite interesting.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Lots of pictures of Velomobiles

I just stumbled on a Flicker Group called Velomobiles It's the biggest collection of velomobile pictures I've found to date.