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Old 04-21-21, 08:56 PM
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Velomobile for commuting?

What would be a good velomobile for commuting? I like the upright design of the DryCycle - it makes it easier for cars to spot you - but the £15,000 price tag makes me balk.
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No, just get a regular commuting bike with lights, fenders, and a rain cape. Cars don't give a crap what you're cycling, a velomobile is giving them more to run into.

Edit: Also has 4 wheels. This wouldn't be street legal in the US if that's where you're located.

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Originally Posted by billridesbikes View Post
No, just get a regular commuting bike with lights, fenders, and a rain cape. Cars don't give a crap what you're cycling, a velomobile is giving them more to run into.

Edit: Also has 4 wheels. This wouldn't be street legal in the US if that's where you're located.
I agree with this. In addition, a velomobile is heavier than a bicycle, which means that it takes more effort to accelerate and to climb hills.
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I'd do it. I built my own for an upright diamond frame bike, and commuted with different versions of it for several years.

Comfortable in any conditions, and faster than my regular bikes. The downside is it's more challenging to control, which I imagine pertains to traditional velos as well.


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I'm more visible than the DryCycle.

Rain Cape for Dryness.

If you want a recumbent for 'comfort' there are plenty of tall recumbents, with two and three wheel designs. All can be made more visible, all can be ridden with rain protection.
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What is your commute like? How far? How hilly?

How much do you want to carry?

Whatís the weather like where you are? How wet/rainy? Are you expecting to ride in the snow?

Most velomobiles will work for commuting, but we need a bit more info to recommend the best one for you.

My Alleweder is nearing completion. Canít wait to get it on the road.

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Originally Posted by skier View Post
What is your commute like? How far? How hilly?

How much do you want to carry?

Whatís the weather like where you are? How wet/rainy? Are you expecting to ride in the snow?

Most velomobiles will work for commuting, but we need a bit more info to recommend the best one for you.

My Alleweder is nearing completion. Canít wait to get it on the road.

Always thought if I got a hpv I would get it that color.

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There's a forum regular with one but I'm blanking on his user name.

I commuted on a tadpole trike for a few months after a surgery and found the cycling part to be just about like normal. The only unusual problem was where to park and lock it. The ride quality was poor, I can see why they make suspension models.
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Notso_fastLane is the rider (driver?) I mentioned
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What is your commute like? How far? How hilly?

How much do you want to carry?

Whatís the weather like where you are? How wet/rainy? Are you expecting to ride in the snow?

Most velomobiles will work for commuting, but we need a bit more info to recommend the best one for you.

My Alleweder is nearing completion. Canít wait to get it on the road.

Nice. Is that a hub motor on the rear wheel?
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Nice. Is that a hub motor on the rear wheel?
thatís the front wheel hanging there. Iím not installing an e-assist. I think what youíre referring to is the 90mm drum brakes.
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Originally Posted by billridesbikes View Post
No, just get a regular commuting bike with lights, fenders, and a rain cape. Cars don't give a crap what you're cycling, a velomobile is giving them more to run into.

Edit: Also has 4 wheels. This wouldn't be street legal in the US if that's where you're located.
Yes, in the US. Didn't know about the 4 wheel rule, only about the peddle assist limit. A complete enclosure like the drycycle also provides some kind of protection against road rash

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Old 04-24-21, 06:19 AM
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What is your commute like? How far? How hilly?
8 miles, slight incline but it's the midwest. nothing a road bike can't conquer
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How much do you want to carry?
carry nothing but myself
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Whatís the weather like where you are? How wet/rainy? Are you expecting to ride in the snow?
All kinds of weather here in the midwest. might snow but that usually gets cleared pretty quickly
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My Alleweder is nearing completion. Canít wait to get it on the road.
Did you build that yourself/
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The 4 wheels might not be road legal but I'm sure any cop would classify it as "harmless old iconoclast, ignore" ...unless it was a really slow day. Bike advocacy over here right now is all in knots about the e-bike renaissance/menace, and all the homeless have bikes and trailers, so that's what enforcement is going to spend attention on, if there is enforcement at all
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The 4 wheels might not be road legal but I'm sure any cop would classify it as "harmless old iconoclast, ignore" ...unless it was a really slow day. Bike advocacy over here right now is all in knots about the e-bike renaissance/menace, and all the homeless have bikes and trailers, so that's what enforcement is going to spend attention on, if there is enforcement at all
I'm 28 and look 22.
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I'm 28 and look 22.
In a velomobile, you won't
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It all depends on your use case. A quest velomobile is fast, a mango slightly more manouverable , an orca same as the mango but can be had with e-assist and so on.
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Originally Posted by seibaatgung View Post
8 miles, slight incline but it's the midwest. nothing a road bike can't conquer

carry nothing but myself

All kinds of weather here in the midwest. might snow but that usually gets cleared pretty quickly
8 miles with a slight incline and carrying nothing?
$15000 for a goofy mobile thing or just ride a bike.
Tough one***
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8 miles with a slight incline and carrying nothing?
$15000 for a goofy mobile thing or just ride a bike.
Tough one***
consumer behavior is irrational. I want a velomobile. A real diamond ring doesn't look all that different from a fake one but people will shell out for one anyways.
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consumer behavior is irrational. I want a velomobile. A real diamond ring doesn't look all that different from a fake one but people will shell out for one anyways.
Well, the heart wants what the heart wants.

Check out this GCN video from a couple days ago:
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Well, the heart wants what the heart wants.

Check out this GCN video from a couple days ago:
https://youtu.be/9B0eXmbrBIo
They seemed to enjoy it ... though that doesn't justify the price point. One point they didn't mention is that since the wheels are at the end of the axle and it only weighs 264 pounds, it is much easier to put in a new tube or new tire, especially on the road.
I wonder what people think about the Drycycle compared to the Podride https://www.mypodride.com/faqs which should be much more easily available in the US.
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Originally Posted by seibaatgung View Post
8 miles, slight incline but it's the midwest. nothing a road bike can't conquer

carry nothing but myself

All kinds of weather here in the midwest. might snow but that usually gets cleared pretty quickly

Thatís a pretty light use case. Pretty much any velo would work for you. If you want fast, try the Apha 7. If you want stable, try a Quattrovelo. Otherwise pick the one you like the looks of that fits you well.

Milan, DF, Mango, Quest, etc. would all work for you. Iíd recommend a 2nd hand quest or mango if you want to save money. Those pop up occasionally for $5kó$7k and are good machines that will last.
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As always, everything comes down to money ...
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As always, everything comes down to money ...
Actually, it all eventually comes down to time.

The waitlist for a velomobile can be years.
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If you live in a cold climate, lots of rain or snow, maybe a velomobile would be ok.

I see the inside of velomobile getting hot after few minutes of pedaling, not likely to do well in traffic.

Velomobile takes up lots of space, while being used and not being used, city dwellers with stairs to climb need not apply.

Getting a flat tire or mechanical might be complicated roadside, transporting a velomobile for service or repair can't be easy.

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