Today is my 50th blog post. A year ago I started this little blog because I wanted to share industry news and give some insight into the velomobile world. I am not part of the velomobile or bicycle industry but I like to observe those who are involved and share my observations. I derive no income and try to remain independent to ensure I am not pressured on the info I provide.
When I started, I saw a need for a source of timely information on velomobiles, including new developments, new offerings, and to provide some general information on manufacturers, distributors as well as some analysis of this information. At that time, I frequently saw questions from velonauts and would be velonauts and they could not easily find answers. I was looking for a way to share the information I was already gathering from different sources including websites, message boards in several language and Facebook pages; a blog could do this. It can be daunting at times to gather information in a timely manner. Extracting this information can be difficult at times, this in large part due the language barrier. There are posts in English, French, German, Dutch, Italian and several east European languages. I often need to use translation services like Google and I need to be fluent in "Googlish", this pseudo language where the syntax is often out of whack and one needs to make sense of this and sometimes I have misinterpreted what was posted but hopefully not too often and some of you have set me straight. I try to post as much as I can but I try to be selective too so you may not find some of the information you may have read somewhere else. Maybe it is because I did not see it or maybe it is because I did not find it relevant for many readers.
I hope that the information I provide is useful to you; comments I received so far appear to be positive. If you have suggestions for subjects to be addressed in the future, post a comment and I will see if I can provide information.
Plasticized cards providing information to emergency crews for extracting velomobile riders in case of emergency are now available for sale. The is fan folded card cost 2 - € 5 and an accompanying 8 x 2,85 cm (BxH) sticker to place on the outside of the velomobile to inform emergency staff of the card can also be purchased for 3 - € 5. At the moment, the instructions are cover velomobiles like the Quest, Strada and Mango that have foot holes. The cards currently available only in German, I hope it will soon be available in other languages and for other types of velomobiles. To order you have to respond to the thread on the German Forum.
The new rear shock uses a metal spring will be available at the end of February. It is reminiscent of the Quest rear shock but it is beefier. Ymte reports that it has been tested for 8,000km (5,000mi) so far. It appears that ICB will build the new shock in house. This shock will apparently replace the DT Swiss air shock in new DF velomobiles. There is no mention of the price for the new shock.
|Parts of the new rear damper for DF|