Vinyl Cutter

I recently installed after market fairings on my Honda CBR600RR. I bought factory stickers for it but was disappointed in their quality. So I picked up a USCutter vinyl cutter to make my own. This is a gizmo that acts like a plotter with a knife. I was able to make vinyl stickers for my Honda that are better than factory.

I couldn’t just stop there. I’ve been playing with designing stickers for my DF XL. Here’s one that answers the most often asked question – “What kind of motor do you have in that thing?”

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3D Printed Mirror Housings

Today I installed my new mirror housings on the DFXL. I designed them using TinkerCad.com and printed them in PLA filament on my Tevo Tarantula 3D printer. After coming off the printer, they were finished with a lot of sanding and a bit of 3M spot putty  and painted with color matched spray paint.

The design can be seen in an earlier post. I’ve uploaded the design to Thingiverse.com.

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Bill’s A2 Fairing

I had a chance to ride with Bill M. (A2naut on BROL) today. Bill is a welder/fabricator and a proud builder/rider of an Alleweder A2. He was testing out his nearly finished head fairing today on the A2. This fairing is a hand formed compound curved piece of aluminum. There aren’t many guys left that can make a piece like this. Check it out…

More pictures here…

3D Printing

I’ve been playing with designing and 3D printing small parts for my DFXL I’ve posted one design on Thingiverse. This is a aerodynamic shell for a B&M Cyclestar mirror. Here is the Thingiverse link.

Here is another design that I’ve played with. This is a chain keeper for the front idler on my DFXL. The first iteration of this was just a bit too close to the bottom of the idler so the chain slap was too irritating. The next iteration will be about 1mm longer.

Great Western Bike Rally

I met with Duane Jardine yesterday at the Great Western Bike Rally in Paso Robles, Ca. Duane lives in Paso Robles so he knows the best places to ride a velomobile. Riding his Quest, he lead us to a road called El Pomar. This was probably the most fun road that I’ve ridden in my DF. It had everything – downhill, rollers, perfect pavement and some swooping turns. I managed to get a Strava KOM on a section of El Pomar, only to be immediately eclipsed by Doug by 1 second. It was a great ride.

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DFXL Updates

I don’t have much news to share. I’ve been tinkering with my DF XL so I thought I’d post some updated photos. I’ve added a center white stripe using automotive vinyl wrap and knifeless tape. I never liked the little stock mirrors. They are functional but I thought they looked a bit cheap. So I replaced them with B&M Cyclestar mirrors mounted in Velomobiel.nl mirror cones.

DF #36 Sold

My friend, Jonathan Gray, is selling his standard-sized DF velomobile for a great price. I hate the fact that I’m losing a velomobile riding buddy. I’m selfishly hoping that someone in my area buys it so that I don’t have to ride solo. I don’t want to post his contact info here. So if you’re interested, comment below and I’ll get back to you.

DF #36 has been sold.

Here’s the info from Jonathan:

“I’ve decided to sell my standard size DF No. 36 for $7,500. The price includes two head lights, race cap/hood, Kojaks, cloth protective cover, kayak-style cockpit cover, four batteries, GPS mount, water bottle mount, Ventisit seat cover (standard thickness), triangular velomobile bag (for carrying tools, food, etc., inside DF), UTC (Universal Trike Carrier – a simple device to transport a velomobile on car roof), portable pump, and some related items like tools and tubes.

All electrical works correctly. The crank rings are 34/53. Included is an unmounted 56t ring. In the rear is a 11-36 cassette. Shifters are X0 10-speed. Drive train operates reliably and smoothly.
For an additional $500 I’ll include my used SportsRig lightweight trailer at the time of sale.
Also included in the price of the DF are the normal scrapes one would expect to find on a used velomobile.
I’m told by someone who recently purchased a new DF, that you should expect to pay $9,500 today for a DF and transportation to the US.
Should you know anyone interested in purchasing my DF, please give them my contact information. I’ll be happy to show it to prospective buyers here in Santa Barbara. Thank you.”