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Reg Rodaro's Stormy Weather Velomobiles

 The pictures and text below detail Reg's Stormy Weather Velomobile construction and variations. This is a production but evolving velomobile that Reg has built about 5 versions of.
12/25/03 -
Reg says: "In these shots the front windows and side doors have been cut away. You can see the side beams which are 4 inch plus 2 inch core. Although the tub is quite stiff and will not twist there is a small amount of deflection possible if you put the body on its side and put your weight on this beam. This is the longest unsupported member. I will probably use a thicker core here in future as this area will
get a lot of abuse during getting in and out. At this stage it weighs 38 lbs. I still have to remove the rear windows and front wheel opening. No Vacuum bagging or expensive materials so far. The bottom shot shows what I have determined necessary for ventilation and visibility.

2/25/03 -
"This past week I took the unibody Velomobile out of the mold. I placed it on a cradle. I have been pounding and kicking it and jumping up and down in the cockpit. This is a very stiff boat. Stiffer that I had expected. I had planned to glass a T top in the roof to tie it all together but now that it is so rigid I may leave it as a convertible and just put the T top on when the weather dictates." 

Reg is a busy guy! He writes:
Mark Swartz a friend of Dennis Taves picked up the first set of parts [that Reg molded] for the Doppler fairing. Mark is one of the Doppler group. On Sat we bolted all the pieces together and managed to stuff the completed fairing into his Passat wagon. This project stalled out about ten years ago. The shape has a lot of character. I was happy to help get it moving again. So, I have those molds as well.
Reg has completed his uni-body "tub bike" version of his Stormy weather Velomobile. He changed the drivetrain on this latest model to incorporate an internal geared mid drive. This provides him with a wider range of gears. Reg writes: 
"The Velo on the left is the uni-body. You can see some of the refinements made to the body features in the past few years. They all perform about the same but the windshield and doors and top have been simplified based on the time spent road testing. It is only when it is below freezing that it can be used closed up for any length of time. In the uni-body the top can be removed and stored rolled up in the body. 
"The carbon fiber T top can be removed with the convertible top for roadster type experience. The windshield is split about eye level so the panels can be slid open to give clear visibility in case of heavy fog or rain. Also a panel can be removed and stored in the body for improved ventilation on hot days. I sit a little lower in this body due to the mid drive so the position is a little more aggressive. The geared hub is much easier to deal with."
In this picture of the inside of Reg's new uni-body Velo, you can see the cranks and chain going down to the mid drive. The drivetrain then goes back to a jackshaft and out through the side of the body. The chain goes back to the trike's axle in the rear where I believe there is a standard rear gear cluster.

Reg says that after a lot of testing, this chassis is still very stiff, but not any lighter than his previous Velomobiles. As this was his first foray into tub bike building, he didn't use any vacuum bagging. 

Reg compares the Cuda-W fairing with Stormy Weather velomobiles.  From these pictures you can get a feel of how low and narrow the new fairing is. The shading in this side view picture shows the gradual transition in body width and height over the length of the shell. It looks long because it's so low.
Here's the Cuda-W canopy resting by Reg's velomobile, and a Russian Berkut velomobile that Reg is working on.
Reg is keeping busy. Here is the latest version of his Stormy Weather velomobile tub bike, along with the molds used to build it. He's building this one for Joe Metrovic, so it needs to be Heavy Duty.
Reg says:  Joe Mitrovic's Stormy hatched on Friday."
Here's a shot of the inside of the Stormy Weather Veo, showing the rear bulkhead.
"I have completed the first stage of the leaning trike using the design you suggested. Building it was a lot of fun. Got to ride it a few times.
Feels like a 2 wheeler."

"The stops are wire cable and the and the U joint connections are several wraps of low stretch lacing twine. Something you might expect from someone with a sailing background."
"Now the disc brake stopping mechanism for staying clipped in will be the next item to construct.

There is a 3/8 " torsion bar joining the two rear triangles together so the trike sits more or less upright when left alone."


This design would allow the stormy weather velomobile to ride more like a bicycles, without the inefficiencies caused by the tire scrubbing incurred while  pedaling inherent in a trike design. It would stay upright at stops, and allow the velomobile to fit through a standard doorway.
"I have completed the tilting trike construction. I draw your attention to the handlebar mast. In the foreword position the cables return the rear wheel
triangles to the upright position. This is an intuitive bench press reflex."
"When the mast is in the praying hamster position the cables relax and the tilting mechanism is free to rotate and the bike/trike balances like a 2 wheeler."

"It was a lot simpler than I had anticipated. This configuration does not appear to demonstrate any of the tortional forces I experience on a regular delta or tadpole."

"This experiment was certainly fun and very little work as I started with my old streamliner. and fitted the new rear end.

I will be using it for training now that the warm weather is here. Because of the performance it is likely that this design will be interpreted by a few other builders this year. That will be interesting
to see. I told the Human Powered Transportation group I got the design from Dana Barlow."
"I removed the rear wheel drive from the tilting trike and installed FWD with a 7 speed geared hub. Just took it for a ride today. It removed about 10 lbs of rear drive train components, jack shafts, and heavy axles. I will ride it for awhile then report."

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"The FWD has worked out better than I had anticipated. There doesn't appear to be
any chain management issues at this point. I can U turn in a 2 lane easily. The 7 speed hub with the front derailler gives 14 gears."

"I think this will be a big improvement for the Velomobile drives. It is lighter and gets the chain out of the cabin. The geared hub requires no skill."
Here's Reg's latest Stormy Weather velomobile. Reg likes it because he can see better than with a completely enclosed velomobile. He has another top that can be used for very cold or wet weather.
Reg is building a wider version of the Cuda-W fairing for trike use.
Here it is next to a Cuda-W fairing, showing how much was added to the width.
Another view

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