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    Posted: 22 February 2021 at 7:40pm
Indeed it is, although I hardly use mine, also the waterproof coaming cover can be used.

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Originally posted by Yanto Yanto wrote:

It's also quite normal to carry something to lay it on, a portion of yoga mat for instance.

This sounds like a secondary use for a Ventisit pad.
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Grass for me for the rear wheel and I always have a big piece of foam as well that I always carry to put tools, shoes and shopping on. It's noisy to put stuff straight onto the Carbon Fiber.

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when out and about, to get to the rear wheel when punctured I look for a patch of grass to tip mine over on
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Yanto Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 February 2021 at 1:52pm
The body can't be removed as it's a monocoque construction, most velomobiles have single sided axles so tyres can be removed quite easily, more so with exposed front wheels, but yes tipping on one side is normal for a rear tyre, front tyre just wedge something under the body to lift it enough to access a wheel, with my Df and A7 I loosen the front wheel bolt/axle then lift the body up with my foot whilst kneeling and pull the wheel off. It's also quite normal to carry something to lay it on, a portion of yoga mat for instance. The exception with the WAW is that the rear bodywork does remove. 

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Slightly OT, but how do you deal with a *visit* on a velomobile, especially when commuting, does the body have to come off? presumably, if not then  it would have to tipped on its side?  Damage to body work?
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My guesstimate would be one and a half to two mph on the average speed.

I have a carbon tailbox that I bought from Mike Burrows that was taken from his Cadillac mould (see photo). I bought it to fit to my Fujin but recently sold the Fujin because of my balance issues since my stroke. It would need modification if you want to carry stuff in it and it would then need to be fitted as well. I paid £750 for it if I remember correctly.

PM me if it is of any interest.

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Update on my crazy commute.

I decided to have a go at the ride today on my Raptobike just to see how long it would take.
The total ride time was just over two hours each way and a total distance of just under 140kms for the round trip (i did get a tiny bit lost in Chertsey). I think with a little more fitness and a more polished route I could comfortably do each leg in under two hours.

The once you get past Brooklands the terrain all the way to Maidenhead is ideal for low racers as it is very flat and you can spin along at a fair old clip. 

I would absolutely love to try the ride again on a velomobile just to see how much time it would save. 

My Raptobike is pretty much as it came out of the box. I'm investigating getting Fujin style tailbox to see if that would help with efficiency at all. Sadly, no one seems to be able to quote any data on what sort of aerodynamic efficiency a tailbox would bring. If anyone has any experience of such things, I'd love to read if the tailbox helped in terms of aerodynamic efficiency.

Here is my route if anyone is interested (I stopped for a hearty petrol station lunch without switching off the Garmin which is why my average speed is a bit low - honest!)



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I went for a used Evo-K.
Transition between lowracer and velomobile was quite easy ( mainly just a matter of getting used to different seating position, steering, bigger turning circle etc.).

Your knees will be fine on the hills as long as you just accept uphil are slower until you get to the top and don't mind spinning easy gears. The beauty of three wheels is that on really steep hills you can go as slow as you like and still never fall off!
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Hi Chris,

Thanks for the reply. Do you mind if I ask which Velomobile you decided to go for?
Was it difficult to transition from the Raptobike to the velo' at all? The speed and weather protection appeals hugely but I am a little concerned about the extra load on my knees.

The hills round here are fairly steep but there is always a flat way around so the weight penalty of a velomobile hopefully won't be too much of an issue.
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