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Pat Eaton
01-27-2017, 02:40 PM
Hey guys long time no post. I am currently working on a new cover for my trike. After 15k kilometers and 4 years the coroplast is breaking down from too much sun. I am also redoing my tail box using fiber glass. I will post pictures of it later.

My plan for the fairing is skin on frame. I made a nose out of fiber glass and started to build a skeleton from plywood. This looks like it will not work as it is fragile and heavy.

Back to the drawing board. I am going to find a way to use water pipe to make the skeleton and ribs.

http://s23.postimg.org/kms8rwagr/20170122_124120.jpg

My current fairing is in back right side of this picture. The under laying frame for the coroplast is water pipe.

More to come.

darnthedog
01-27-2017, 05:24 PM
Just a thought- How about fiberglass tent poles for the skeleton? Very cool project by the way and thanks for sharing.

imamedik
01-27-2017, 09:09 PM
Pat, have you thought about using a geodesic design like this https://texasrecumbents.wordpress.com/skin-on-frame/sof-velomobile-1/ (https://texasrecumbents.wordpress.com/skin-on-frame/sof-velomobile-1/) I have thought about trying it using metal fish tape (http://www.harborfreight.com/100-ft-fish-tape-3891.html) I found at harborfreight tools. it is 1/8th in wide and 1/16th in thick a hundred feet weighs under 5 pounds, you can tie the joints with nylon or thin wire and cover with epoxy



(http://www.harborfreight.com/100-ft-fish-tape-3891.html)

Pat Eaton
01-27-2017, 10:13 PM
Thanks for ideas guys. Will keep you posted when I make some progress.

Pat Eaton
01-29-2017, 07:34 PM
Made some progress today. Water pipe frame with bent cedar lashed to the corners. Nose cone rough trimmed and test fit. Need to work out how to finish the drivers end.

The shell slides forward for bike entry. Old nordic ski poles provide the slider.

https://s28.postimg.org/n0kc0utjh/20170129_142026_resized.jpg

https://s23.postimg.org/vo19d7vuj/20170129_142033_resized.jpg

jpsantell
01-29-2017, 09:55 PM
I look at that and I see a Zeppelin. I wonder how a fabric and dope cover would work? Maybe something like a WW1 plane.

Pat Eaton
01-29-2017, 10:23 PM
I ordered some heat shrink dacron today......

ken will
01-30-2017, 10:02 AM
Need to work out how to finish the drivers end.
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If you steam soften another strip of cedar, you might be able to bend it far enough to arch the drivers end.

Twinkle
01-30-2017, 02:33 PM
1/16 " model aircraft ply - not cheap but with a little cedar back-up would be more than ample strength

Pat Eaton
02-19-2017, 12:39 PM
New updates. My tail box is now finished. Also the dacron has been shrunk.

https://s18.postimg.org/r3mfr0hop/20170217_181430_resized.jpg

Details of the frame.

https://s14.postimg.org/sac0u2869/20170209_141148_resized.jpg

https://s7.postimg.org/ysm14ik3f/20170209_141154_resized.jpg

So far this is going together well. No road test yet. The dacron feels strong. Last night I painted it with exterior latex. It took the paint well.

More pictures in a few days.

MrIdaho
10-29-2017, 02:53 PM
Am planning to do a SOF construction for my wife's velomobile and ran across this thread. Would like to get details on the steering mechanism and how well it runs using the hub drive etc.
And of coarse how did the SOF construction come out??

Pat Eaton
10-30-2017, 08:41 PM
Hey Mridaho, thanks for the inquiry. The steering is as per the Delta trike plans from this site. With the front hub motor it works well. I dont have a ton of power so never spin the front tire.

The SOF cover is doing fine, I have run it all summer and done about 2,500 miles. The trick is to find a way to hold the shell on the bike frame so you can get in and out. I ended up making a sliding system with water pipe and ski poles. If you want more info let me know.

WFcycle
02-13-2018, 06:43 PM
Hey Mridaho, thanks for the inquiry. The steering is as per the Delta trike plans from this site. With the front hub motor it works well. I dont have a ton of power so never spin the front tire.

The SOF cover is doing fine, I have run it all summer and done about 2,500 miles. The trick is to find a way to hold the shell on the bike frame so you can get in and out. I ended up making a sliding system with water pipe and ski poles. If you want more info let me know.

Very nice work on the trike and fairing it in! I am about to start building a Timberwolf and just started considering fairing it in to create a velomobile last evening. So cool to see that you've gone ahead and done that already! I've had a good number of tadpole style velomobiles already but this would be the first delta - as you probably know, very few commercially made delta VM's have been produced so far.

I am also thinking about putting 20" wheels on the rear - is that what you did? If so, it would be great to hear what modficication you made to accommodate them. Are any of the pictures that you've posted so for of your trike at its most advanced state of development with the fairing, etc.? If not, it would be cool to see some.
Thanks and regards,
-Ethan

Ox76
02-14-2018, 12:32 PM
What a neat thread and project. I had to post so I can keep track of this! How's it been coming?

WFcycle
02-14-2018, 05:04 PM
What a neat thread and project. I had to post so I can keep track of this! How's it been coming?
I think one more post and I can start to post links, etc.

WFcycle
02-14-2018, 05:05 PM
Here is a link to Pat's pictures on the AZ site: http://forum.atomiczombie.com/gallery/browseimages.php?do=member&imageuser=2418

Ox76
02-15-2018, 12:52 PM
Cool! Thanks for putting the link up.

WFcycle
02-19-2018, 01:28 PM
Here is a link to an earlier discussion (http://forum.atomiczombie.com/showthread.php/6174-Delta-Wolf-Velomobile-starting-to-take-shape?p=60197&highlight=#post60197) from when Pat was first building his coro fairing around the Timberwolf.

Pat Eaton
02-26-2018, 01:21 AM
Sorry I have been away a while. The new fairing has been on the road for just under a year and has worked well. It is cold and snowy here now, I hope to be back on the road in a few weeks.

Pat Eaton
02-26-2018, 01:22 AM
I will post some pictures in a few days.

Ox76
02-26-2018, 12:36 PM
Looking forward to it.

Pat Eaton
02-26-2018, 11:44 PM
Pictures as promised:

[img]https://s9.postimg.org/jqxtavxd7/20170330_183418.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/jqxtavxd7/)
[IMG][img]https://s9.postimg.org/57qo9hby3/20170330_183427.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/57qo9hby3/)
[IMG][img]https://s9.postimg.org/mxscuix8r/20170330_183440.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/mxscuix8r/)[IMG]

WFcycle
02-27-2018, 07:15 AM
Hey Pat,
Is the front canopy slid forward in those pics? If so, it would be cool to see it slid back into place, perhaps with you in it! I'm always interested in speed comparisons with the fairing and without as well. Have you done any riding only with the tailbox, to compare that with the bare trike? Thanks much!
Regards,
-Ethan

Ox76
02-27-2018, 11:44 AM
Gol-ly! That's real nice. Thanks for sharing the pics.

WFcycle
02-27-2018, 12:41 PM
And most importantly, thanks for the pics - looks great! I especially like the artwork!

Pat Eaton
02-27-2018, 11:37 PM
Yes the canopy is forward in the pictures. I don't have any pictures with me in it.

I have not done any testing with the various parts added or removed.

All the fairing parts make a difference, I have ridden it on days when the temp is near freezing and been pretty comfortable.

The wheel covers even made a notable difference.

Cheers

WFcycle
04-20-2018, 06:24 AM
Looks like Pat's pictures have gone missing - here's one of them: https://s19.postimg.cc/tnjyacudf/Pat_Eaton_velomobile.jpg

John Lewis
04-21-2018, 01:52 AM
I'd like to do something like that with my Wolf.
Very nice.

Of course I already have a Mango Velomobile so some would say it's superfluous.

John