Hurray! I just found quality recumbent news coverage on the web. Recumbent Journal is now on my reading list.
A brief diversion for your Monday evening.
Here’s a nicely produced video of a guy riding a flevo (I think?) to work in Holland (I think?). The velomobile has a semi open cockpit that you can see at the start of the video. I opted for a closed cockpit for a bit more protection, which this rider may have wanted also by the end of the video when it starts raining.
I saw the video on another blog I read, The Lazy Rondonneur.
I am taking a few days off to run the show at home while my wife attends a Veterinary conference. During the day, while the kids are in school, I’m working on catching up on long deferred maintenance on my Leitra. Today’s item: pull off the wheel pants and replace them with fenders. It’s a sad day for aerodynamics and style.
You see the Leitra looks much cooler with the full wheel pants on the front wheels.
The main thing I did wrong was attempt to use them in the snow. The wheel pants are really a go-fast item and to be frank, the Leitra is my daily driver, commute to work bike; it rarely goes fast save for an occasional down hill. Carl Georg warned me about the wheel pants and how they would not work well in snow, but the cool looks got the better of me. So, I ordered a pair of fenders this past spring. The fenders have sat in a box while I rode the V-Rex during the summer, but now I need to get them into play before the weather turns.
So, I got some aluminum stock, cut it, drilled it and made the needed mounting brackets. The fenders look pretty good. But I will miss the wheel pants.
A friend of mine, Dr. Gilbert Rochen, has just been appointed president of Tuskegee University. You can read about it here.
Gilbert is a friendly, smart and thoughtful guy. I’m excited for him and for the folks at Tuskegee.