Velomobile FAQ

Q

Did you build it?

A

No I bought it from BlueVelo in Toronto Canada. The bodies are built in Romania and mine was partially assembled in Dronten, Netherlands, then shipped to Toronto for final assembly and export to the U.S. where I live.

Q

Do you ride it on the roads?

A

Under the law it’s a bicycle with all the rights of any vehicle. Drivers of automobiles have to have permission, a license. I have the right to use the road, and require no license.

21200. (a) A person riding a bicycle or operating a pedicab upon a
highway has all the rights and is subject to all the provisions
applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this division, including,
but not limited to, provisions concerning driving under the influence
of alcoholic beverages or drugs, and by Division 10 (commencing with
Section 20000), Section 27400, Division 16.7 (commencing with
Section 39000), Division 17 (commencing with Section 40000.1), and
Division 18 (commencing with Section 42000), except those provisions
which by their very nature can have no application.
(b) (1) A peace officer, as defined in Chapter 4.5 (commencing
with Section 830) of Title 3 of Part 2 of the Penal Code, operating a
bicycle during the course of his or her duties is exempt from the
requirements of subdivision (a), except as those requirements relate
to driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs, if
the bicycle is being operated under any of the following
circumstances:
(A) In response to an emergency call.
(B) While engaged in rescue operations.
(C) In the immediate pursuit of an actual or suspected violator of
the law.
(2) This subdivision does not relieve a peace officer from the
duty to operate a bicycle with due regard for the safety of all
persons using the highway.

Q

Aren’t you afraid of getting hit and dying?

A

Riding a bicycle is safer than driving a car.

Q

How much did it cost?

A

I could have bought a nice used car for the same cost. It’s custom, hand built.

Q

It looks fast. How fast is it.

A

My highest speed so far has been 59.9 MPH. I exceed 50 every day I commute.

Q

Is it electric?

A

Nope.

Q

Is it slow going uphill?

A

That depends upon the engine. The more hill climbing I do the better I get at it. It is slower than my regular bike up-hill. But it’s much faster downhill!

Q

How much does it weigh.

A

Before I add my water, tools, food and myself, it weighs about 35 kG or about 70 pounds.

Q

What do you call it?

A

Most owners call them velomobiles. I’ve also heard them called pedal cars and rocket bikes.

Q

Is it hot?

A

There is less air pushing against me and evaporating my perspiration, so I don’t feel quite as cool. Going downhill I cool off a lot.

Q

Is there a name for what you do?

A

Some owners call themselves velonauts.

Q

Isn’t it hard to change a flat?

A

All axles are single sided, so I don’t even have to remove the wheel, just the tire and tube. I try to avoid getting flats.

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What is a velomobile?

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A velomobile, or bicycle car, is a human-powered vehicle (HPV) enclosed for aerodynamic advantage and protection from weather and collisions. Nearly all velomobiles are single-passenger vehicles. They are derived from recumbent bicycles and tricycles, with the addition of a full fairing (aerodynamic shell).

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First Day with my Quest.

I took the day off, went to the freight depot and picked up my new Quest. Put it in the truck and brought it home. One of the fun days we work and live for!

Paul next to unoppend box

My friend Paul came along to give moral support, drool over my new toy. [...]

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Shipped Today

Woo! Hoo! It shipped today. Months of waiting almost over.

I hope it’s every bit as fun as I expect. Probably take me a month before I feel comfortable with it. Will be like Christmas morning when it arrives.

Shipped today April 11, 2014. Like waiting for a child to be born. Know within [...]

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First Pictures

of my new Quest velomobile. I can hardly wait for it to get here.

New Blue Quest

 

Front view of the Quest

 

Rear view of my Blue Quest

Randy says he hopes to be able to ship Monday the 7th or Tuesday the 8th. I’m looking forward to it!

 

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LCVMG 2014, Los Osos, California

Or for those not in the know, the Left Coast VeloMobile Gathering

Moro Bay seen from Cayucos, California

 

 

This is a great place to have a velomobile gathering. Craig and Vicky did a first rate job of organizing, planning the routes and welcoming us to their home. I’ve never seen so many [...]

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Do you know the way to San Jose (It is what it is.)

The title for this ride is because the original plan was to take the train to San Jose, then ride from there. Later we decided that driving would shorten the trip almost two days.  The challenge was to find a place to park the car, while we toured. I asked on the bicycle touring mailing [...]

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San Diego Backcountry Tour – Velorambler plus one

The maps and images may take a while to load, depending upon your network connection and load on the servers.

Our plan was to ride four days with three overnight camps. Thursday, the first day, would be the toughest. We would ride from Poway to La Jolla Indian Reservation Campground. The distance is 40 miles, [...]

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2013 Velorambler Three Amigos Sideways Tour

Home to Santa Fe Station Wednesday April 3rd Mileage estimate: 25 miles from home

We wanted to make this a no car trip, so I started riding at 7:30 from my home in Poway and met Dennis about an hour later. We rode together through Kearney Mesa, Linda Vista, Old Town, then straight down Kettner [...]

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4th Annual San Diego Tweed Ride

Sunday December 9, 2012

I estimate there were more than 100 people participating. This little bike was painted up just for the occasion. It was both and advertisement and a road marker for people looking for the ride start.

Cargo Bike painted up for the ride

This was one of the more [...]

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