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jimincolorado Posted - 09/17/2017 : 10:11:38
I spotted an velomobile yesterday that I thought was labeled Aero Tech. Is there such a thing?

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warren Posted - 01/11/2018 : 12:18:40
No, the WISIL Missile was developed and built by the WISIL team of Len Brunkalla, Rick Wianecki, Bill Murphy, and Sean Costin. Sean raced it for a few years, then I raced it for a few more.

Boris designed the Russian HPV that was(is?) owned by Mark Matarella. It had a nice shape but had some drivetrain issues and a gigantic chainring.
Ivo.M Posted - 01/10/2018 : 22:25:27
I seem to remember that RBR bought the molds and adapted one for a trike?!


LunaticFringe Posted - 01/10/2018 : 17:56:50
The molds are right here in Tucson (unless they've been thrown away). Boris worked with Chuck McCain (now deceased - murdered) at Glas-Tech Manufacturing. The family sold and the new owners changed the name, probably still having the molds stored. The Aerlope velo that Boris made MAY have had some units that said Aero-Tech since they were made by Glas-Tech (pretty sure that I saw Aero-Tech on one or both of the Aerolope units that I rode). At the time, my own composite/fiberglass company was about one block from Glas-Tech's old location and I was friends with Chuck. Chuck was Senator McCain's cousin (not a lot of love between them, if I remember right, and I don't even think that the Senator went to Chuck's wake.)

I've ridden the 2 versions of the Aerolope (one was 'convertible' or open-topped). They had old Turner SWB 'bents inside (Milt Turner passed away recently and had been mentally ill for the last few years). http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Milton-Turner&lc=4893&pid=180482752&mid=6987978 I used to be friends with Milt and rode a tweaked version of his SWB. I raced it once, back in '96, with a Coroplast fairing to a speed around 42 mph in the velodrome. I had some oomph back then. ;) Everyone thought that the timing equipment had made an error... HAH! I had even redesigned Milt's TURNER logo for him for free since he was so broke all the time. He operated out of a rented storage locker about 4 miles from where I live now.

I met Boris back in the 90s when he was trying to sell a few. IIRC, Boris had left the Tucson area to do some engineering as a gear designer for GM YEARS ago.

They were VERY dangerous to ride since you could not see anything behind. They were also very slow and quite huge. Boris had previously built a racing streamliner that did OK, I think in the mid 90s. Wasn't it the WISIL Missle?


Speedbiker Posted - 09/25/2017 : 14:23:44
Joel, Rob Wood raced it the year we held the championships at the old AMC test track, I think in Burlington WI. Probably about 1997. I submit my guess at Boris's last name: Zakeldiev. He is a brilliant engineer who struggled at first after immigrating to America from Moscow. Eventually doing very well. I think I remember he sold those molds to someone in Texas. A neat design, but not fast.
Joel DIckman Posted - 09/25/2017 : 13:46:34
Originally posted by jimincolorado

I spotted an velomobile yesterday that I thought was labeled Aero Tech. Is there such a thing?


Go to Google Images and type in "aerolope". Is this the vehicle you spotted? The shell was designed by a Russian aircraft engineer named Boris Zakoldev (or something close to that). I think a company in Arizona (Glas-Tec?) was making fiberglass shells based on this design some years ago, and some recumbent riders were using Turner short wheelbase bikes inside them. Someone brought one to a race at the Northbrook Velodrome in a previous geological era.

Or maybe you saw something totally different...

Safe riding,
Joel Dickman

These three prevent most accidents: seeing, being seen, & (usually) common sense.
warren Posted - 09/20/2017 : 13:27:34
It was probably just advertising Aero Tech - a maker of bike clothing that has recumbent specific items.


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