Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Now I can see behind me in the mirror     

 I wanted my speedometer up close to see it.
I built a coroplast mounting stalk for it. It looks weird when the shell is tipped up

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Finished the fixed floor, With the tip up design only so much of the floor can be attached to the tip up
 inside view
 view without the seat
 support beam detail

Thursday, January 26, 2012

I am putting a floor now. I made a marker extender out of coroplast. The flooring attaches to the tailbox with Velcro so I can take the tailbox off for rear wheel maintenance. The flooring will be permanently attached to the frame.     

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I am continuing work on putting in wheel wells and putting in a floor. When you have a tip-up entry only so much flooring can go with the tip up section. I think this is going to help with streamlining because a lot of air was coming in the bottom and through the wheel cutouts. I tried it for a short run today and the wheel wells and flooring made a big difference in wind coming through.     

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Added a top

I decided to put a top on the velomobile. It makes it more streamlined and provides wind and sun protection. It works good and didn't restrict my visibility at all

Monday, January 16, 2012

Trunk area

Here are a couple pictures of the trunk area in the tail now that its done. Enough space for bread, milk and the morning paper     

I have always thought something was dragging on this velomobile. Every since I finished the front half of the shell it didn't feel right. Well I went for a 45 minute ride today and when I got back I noticed the front tires were really worn. So I checked the front alignment and found I have a full inch of toe out. i don't know how this happened. I adjusted it to more like a 1/4 inch toe in and the difference is amazing. I can say now I can really feel the difference the fairing makes. On a slight down hill stretch I coasted for a long distance doing 18-20 mph. Now I am a lot happier with this setup.

Friday, January 13, 2012

I finished up the headrest and I made a windshield also. I was feeling a lot of wind around my head. I gave it a test ride today and the windshield worked perfect. I am not feeling any wind on my head now. I got a lot of people staring and one woman followed me and asked if she could take a picture.     

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Working on a streamlined headrest. I removed a flute after each set of 8 rows to make the coroplast bend better. You can see it looks like panels in the coroplast.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Off on the first ride with the tailbox attached. It went well. I was cruising in the 20 to 25 mph range. It was about 60 degrees and I was able to ride with a short sleeve shirt.     

The tailbox is held on with two bolts in the front and velcro where it rests on the frame. So far it has worked very well.

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Tailbox is taking shape

Continuing on the tailbox. I decided to put in an interior fender for rainy days. I also will have a storage area behind the seat into the tailbox.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Starting on the Tailbox

I am starting to work on the tailbox. I decided to build an aluminum mounting frame. I just bought a pop rivet tool and am having fun putting together a frame. I am also going to try to pop rivet the side panels of coro to the aluminum. In the picture is the start of the floor of the storage area in the tail.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Making wheel cover

 I made a wheel disc out of 4mm coroplast
‎1) I marked the circle 2) cut it with razor knife 3) drilled out axle hub hole with hole saw 3a) cut a straight line across the grain of the coro 4) warmed up the coro with a heat gun, not much just enought to make it more pliable 5) push the circle against the spokes to form a cone 6) mark the overlap at the cut‎7) cut out the overlap material 8) repeat fitting to wheel and cutting overlap material 9) now its formed into a nice cone so tape the front side together so the slit is tight together 10) drill holes thru half the coro where it will be joined 11)using hi heat glue gun glue on the joining strip‎12) the engineer in me thought the strip might affect balance so I glued a corresponding strip on the other side. 13)  use 16 zip ties and tie it on the wheel at the outside edge

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Stage 1 test run

I am stage one complete now. That is all the panels attached securely on the front part of the vm. I got all the electric power components installed and put the body back on. I went out for a road test on a sunny day with a 15mph wind. I am happy to say the vm did not get pushed sideways with a crosswind. The top speed hasn't improved but I noticed that it doesn't get slowed down much by a headwind. It seems to go the same speed in all directions. Right now it will cruise at 23mph with hub motor power on the flat surface. It also works well to pedal at 15 to 20 mph along with less assist. Here are a couple pictures form test day. I noticed a lot of wind coming in the wheel cutouts so I am going to make wheel covers next.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Stage 1 completete

I have all the panels on the front part of the body.
I took off the body to reinstall the electric components on the chassis.
In these pictures you can see the electric hub on the back wheel, the batteries and speed controllere and a lot of wires. With all those wires I will need a few zip ties do dress it out. Next I will do some road testing