Milan GT Arrives

I had the Milan GT trucked to my friend’s warehouse in Oxnard to save on shipping. The Milan GT arrived today in great shape – in spite of the fact that the robust crate was almost destroyed by UPS. I left the remains of the crate there and brought home just Milan GT.

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I’ve made room in my crowded garage by building a velombile bunk bed.

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Milan GT On the Way

I’ve just come to an agreement with BROL member, maidenvan, to buy his Milan GT velomobile. According to maidenvan, the Milan has just been collecting dust so he decided to sell it. I’m anxious to see how it compares to my DF XL.

I’m told that the large gap in the cockpit bodywork (shown below) is due to the panel just not being latched down.

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This Milan was built by Steve Schleicher in Canada. It comes with a Bionix electric assist system installed and with the original rear wheel. I’ll most likely return it to stock configuration. It has center steering like the DF and the Quest. Many Milans have dual stick “tank” steering.

The check is in the mail. Now I just need to be patient for the next couple of weeks while the Milan is being crated and shipped. I plan to keep both velomobiles for a while. Every one needs a backup velomobile.

Greenspeed SLR Sold

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My SLR has been spending too much time hanging on the wall as I’m riding my DF XL most of the time these days. It should go to someone who will put it through its paces. With the popularity of the new Greenspeed Aero, the very rare SLR should start to look familiar. It is the more extreme, faster, racier, lower, narrower parent of the Aero.

The SLR is designed to be raced in the Australian Pedal Prix series where it has dominated for the last 10 years. It is a racing trike with very little ground clearance – about 1″ from the ground to the aluminum skid plate. The trike remains glued to the ground in the turns due to the low center of gravity, long wheelbase and negative cambered front wheels.

This very clean, low mileage SLR has the standard single side tank steering lever. It comes with 2 complete sets of wheels. Shown here is a set of 349 fronts with a 406 rear with black Velocity Aeroheat rims. The rear wheel has a Bike Friday Capreo-compatible rear hub (much nicer than the Shimano Capreo hub) with a custom 9-32 cassette. The fronts have new Sturmey Archer 75mm drum brakes. The other set of wheels is the stock silver Velocity Aerohead (not Aeroheat) 3 x 16″ (349) wheels with standard rear hub with 11-32 cassette.

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Here are the details:

  • Shimano Ultrega double 165mm crankset with 60-39 chain rings. (pedals not included)
  • No front derailleur
  • Wheel set #1 – black Velocity Aeroheat
    • Fronts: 349 with Stelvio tires and Sturmey Archer 70mm drum brakes
    • Rear: 406 with Bike Friday Capreo-compatible hub with 9-32 9-speed cassette and new Schwalbe One tire.
    • Another Rear: 349 with Bike Friday Capreo-compatible hub
  • Wheel set #2 – silver Velocity Aeroheads (narrower and lighter than Aeroheats)
    • Fronts: 349 with machined Sturmey Archer 70mm drum brakes
    • Rear: 349 with standard rear hub and 11-32 9-speed cassette
  • Shimano Ultegra medium cage 9-speed rear derailleur
  • Shimano bar-end 9-speed indexed shifter
  • Dual actuated brake lever
  • Single side lever tank steering
  • Weight as shown is 31 pounds. Note: the stock 3 x 349 Aerohead wheel set with machined drums reduces that by about one pound.

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Shown below with the stock Greenspeed silver 3 x 349 wheels with machined Sturmey Archer drum brakes

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Side by side with the Aero

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Gregory’s Mostly Brand New 700

I was spiffing up my friend, Gregory’s 700 recently. It was a yellow first generation with the 16″ wheels. These early 700s did not have a gusset where the boom meets the cruciform and tended to crack. Sure enough, his was cracked there. Back when he bought the 700 Catrike offered a lifetime warranty on their frames. (Now it’s 5 years). With the help of Dana at Bent Up Cycles, Catrike honored the warranty and replaced the frame.

They offered a new geometry 2017 frame which meant that some other new parts were needed. Catrike also threw in new spindles and a new tie rod. 20″ wheels were also needed but not included. (fair enough). We just had Dana order some Catrike 20″ rims and I built them up using Gregory’s front hubs from his 16″ wheels. While we were at it, we added a new head rest, a new SRAM GX rear derailleur and a new chain. The brakes, rear wheel, cassette and crankset were just moved over to the new frame from the old one.

Gregory had asked for a color change to the special order flame blue color. What showed up was not as light as flame blue but not as dark as the normal electric blue. It looks great, whatever it is. Knowing that his yellow boom wouldn’t look great with the blue, we ordered a new standard black one. In the meantime, I got creative and stripped the yellow powder coat from the old boom and sanded and polished it. I like the look of bare aluminum. (See the Catrike SilverCat). If I were ever to build another Catrike, I’d be tempted to order it in raw aluminum.

The pictures below show it with the polished boom (plus some Catrike stickers hot off of my vinyl cutter).

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Switched out the polished boom for a stock black one. I think that’s the way to go.

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Greenspeed Aero Moves On

After a couple of months of owning the Aero, I’ve decided to let it go. The Aero is a light and zippy trike, but doesn’t add anything unique to my current collection of trikes (Monster, SLR and DF XL). The Aero could have been so much better. It is too wide, too short and too high for my tastes.

Plus, I’ve got to say that the build quality is very disappointing for the price Greenspeed is asking. The rims are cheesy single wall. The spoke nipples are exposed to the tube with only a lousy rubber strip protecting the tube. The welds are mediocre. The rear chain stays are just round tubing squashed at the ends to fit the dropouts. There is no place to mount a water bottle cage nor a rear view mirror and on and on…

I was going to put it up for sale on BROL. Then my friend Gregory took it out on a test ride on a recent visit and decided that he really liked it. He said that it “felt” faster than his Catrike 700. So the Aero now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.