The weather is crazy! We were cycling at X-mas then after New Years day, the temperature dropped below -30C then it is again above freezing with rain and tonight the temperature will drop down to -15C. I’m not cycling outside at the moment, the velomobile is stored for the worse of the winter, the roads are near impossible to ride during this period. I use an old MTB to get some fresh air and a ride my road bike on a trainer.
I purchased a new Tacx Smart Vortex trainer to replace my old one that was difficult to setup. It has all kinds of features. The trainer is controlled using a computer, tablet or smartphone. While this is good in theory, I find it is not the same in practice. While the trainer works well, the bells and whistles are not working as promised. I’m told the issue is the software provided. For example, the Tacx training software does not see the Ant+ devices even with the Wahoo dongle. The Wahoo software sees all devices but not the Tacx even if it recognizes the dongle and Ant+ icon appears when the dongle is connected. I checked the support from Tacx and several people have the same issues I experienced and after several months there is no response from Tacx support. To be fair, I’ve seen unaddressed problems from some other manufacturers. One wonders what kind of quality control and support these companies have where they completely ignore issues reported to them. After all people have paid only a few hundred or a few thousand dollars for the devices and why would they expect them to work as advertised?
I may try some other software that I will have to purchase site unseen based on 3rd party recommendations.
Let’s look at recent industry news.
Joel Vincent released on Facebook a video of the first ride of the Mulsanne. Apparently the ride was a success but on the video you can hear a lot of creaking, the velomobile probably requires some more adjustments and this has to be expected at this point.
VelomobielVelomobiel issued a warning about their blue Li-ion batteries. The batteries should not to be charged at a temperature below 0 degrees Celsius or 32F. Failure to follow this recommendation may completely damage the battery or at best lose some of its capacity. Velomobiel recommends that owners take the battery indoors and let get warm before charging. I think this is a very good advice not only for the blue Li-ion but for Lithium batteries in general.
Daniel is finally working on wheel pants for DF they will be approximately 550g a piece, probably turning radius would be between 14m and16m, depending on the tire rim offset, Daniel has been using wheels that provide narrower track. The price will be in the 600€ range. Not only will they fit the DF but they will be adjustable for the DF-XL and also the Evo-R, Evo-K and Evo-Ks. From the weight you will be able to subtract some 210g for the wheel covers so the increase in weight will be about 850g.
At the same time, Daniel is also building a DF-XL with integrated pants. Several people have made comments on the resemblance of this velomobile with the Quest or the Milan SL. You be the judge.
A few people reported issues with the base of the DT Swiss Shock in the DF. The base manages to come loose and the shock gets damaged. DF users should inspect the shock to ensure the fastener is properly installed and there is no movement of the shock from side to side.