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Cycling’s answer to NYC Gridlock!

One in a MILLION!
I think this is Serge a 5 BBC rider on the Hudson River Bikeway this morning.The Bike is a Lightning Thunderbolt Recumbent!

                              

                                     Boy, does he look COMFY!

 
Very rare to see another recumbent
If I have the name wrong just send me an email
shelly.urmo1@gmail.com

Netherlands to Martha’s Vineyard

 Quest Velomobile in Yellow

 

I met Dave about 25 years ago. He was sitting by Alleys General Store on Martha’s Vineyard with a group of mountain bikers.That’s right Dave its been that long. He did seem to stand out ,maybe it was because of the the Seagull feathers in his helmet!

Martha’s Vineyard is my favorite place in the whole world especially for cycling. I don’t think it can be beat.The Vineyard has an amazing cycling infrastructure and network of bicycle paths that allow to ride just about anywhere on the island without any interaction with automobiles!

That’s the reason a Velomobile is the perfect vehicle for Martha’s Vineyard! After lusting after recumbent trikes for years Dave ended up with one of the most amazing machines on the planet a

I wanted to share his progress and excitment starting from day one.
So here are our email exchanges. I hope you enjoy reading them!

Quest Velomobile Trike


Hey Shelly ,
I made the final payment on the Quest. It should ship this coming Monday or Tuesday.
Serial Number is QB009. Quest-Bluevelo-009. The 9th North American Velomobile Quest made.  I can’t wait.
Dave
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Hi Dave
 Just in time for winter.
Are you and Lucinda going Velo – ing?
You’re going to be thrilled riding inside it really heats up in there, so dress lightly and bring a jacket so you don’t freeze when you get out!
Have fun
Shelly 
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I just got an email that my shipping date will be the end of next week. Friday instead of Monday or Tuesday…….)-; they found a flaw in the yellow fairing and did not want to proceed with assembly with that fairing.  This is plan of the Universe to teach me patience……..LOL
A fellow in Michigan got his, QB006, the 6th North American Quest just a week ago Monday. They are getting them out one by one.  Lucinda got herself a “Velo Kit”, a full fairing for her Catrike. I was kind of skeptical about it as it was about $1,000.00 but after seeing it first hand it looks good and is well made.  http://velokit.com/
It would be great to have someone to cruise with as the guys I ride with on diamond frame bikes are going to be a chore to ride with at such a slow speed. In fact it will take more energy to ride at such a slow pace than at speed.  Now don’t go telling them that I said that……..LOL

There is one guy on the Island who rides a Sun recumbent bike with a front fairing. He has thought of a name for a club, “Odd Velo’s” for the growing recumbent crowd which is rather cool and some what appropriate. 


The neat thing about the Quest is it has a floor to stash ones stuff……(-; When I first saw Lucinda’s new fairing I commented how the fairing covered her panniers as well as herself. She then asked me how I was going to carry anything with the Quest. You should have seen the very quizzical look on her face when I told her that the quest had a floor and quite a bit of storage space. I sent her a couple of pictures of the inside of a Quest but have not heard back from her.
She will see it soon enough. 
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How’s it going Dave? 
The personal motor vehicle is a unsustainable dinosaur at its end. Recumbents, Velomobiles and Bicycles are the future. 

This afternoon will mark one week that I’ve had the Quest. Last Friday after getting it uncrated and set up I took a small spin around the subdivision. I didn’t ride it much until Saturday and Sunday and just about every night this past week.  

Friday, that first evening, I must have just sat in it for hours. It really is neat that feeling of being enclosed within in this machine. Steering is becoming second nature and with but the slightest in put into the tiller it goes where I want. I can’t even see the wheels from within the Quest.
It really feels like flying. 

In the picture of my Quest that you have posted, you can see the lights I have added to the Quest. They are mounted to the “hood” of the Quest. They are AY UP lights that I bought months ago especially for the Quest seeking a light that I couldn’t out run at 40 to 50 mph. They are amazing lights. I have been screaming across the state forest at night in the rain and I must look like a meteor flying down the trail.  
I’m guessing I’ve ridden in excess of 120 miles so far in the Quest.


I can’t get enough

In 4 weeks I’ve ridden over 500 miles around and about the Island. I’ve hit 55 mph coming off of Abel’s Hill on South Rd. 45 mph on the Vineyard Haven Rd quite a few times and 40 + on Barnes Rd heading into Oak Bluffs.
I have hit 40 + mph more times than I can count.

I love that machine

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What’s happening, NYC is in the middle of a snowstorm!

Storm isn’t here yet though it is on the way. I wanted to check the mail today so I headed for the Oak Bluffs Post Office via a loop through Katama, then Edgartown and a cruise up Beach Rd to Oak Bluffs at 20 + mph while being buffeted by 30 mph side winds. I then rode to the Vineyard Haven Library, to the bike shop and finally the grocery store.
I am riding so very much more than I would if I didn’t have my Quest.
It’s a pure joy to ride
Dave

Quest With Rain Canopy
Yes he’s in there!
Hi Dave,
WOW! I guess you have a new problem.
Who’s going to be able to ride with you?
The Vineyard roads are great for Streamliners! With the Quest you can ride in anything and still be comfortable and warm. I’m sure its amazing machine. I wish I could fit into Johannes Quest for a test ride!

Those speeds are way faster than my socked Goldrush. Is able the hill by the cemetery, the last good downhill before you get to Alleys?
I can only get to about 43mph going down.

Have any of your friends gone out riding with you?
Glad you’re happy with the Quest
Have fun,
Shelly

High Powered Lights






You’re right. I haven’t ridden with anyone since I got it.
The Quest is a real Screecher down hill. It’s gotten to the point that traveling along at 20 mph seems very slow at times. 

Have you seen the post card that was done of my daughters and I on our triplet?
It’s on all the post card racks on the island. 
Dave
Ridin the triple with the family and
Seagull feathers!
State Forest  Bikeway, Marta’s Vineyard

 BTW 
We are Extremly interested in any comments/feedback you might have
Don’t be shy!

Kona Cargo from Brooklyn

Happy Hour!
Cycling’s solution to Big City Gridlock!
This guy from Brooklyn hauls 3 kids around on that massive platform, And look at those fancy Saddle Bags!
Can’t remember is name but the bike is a Kona UTE!
Man he loves that bike!
Read all about it-click it here..> KONA UTE

Battery Park City , Cargo Trike

Most everyone in Battery Park City has seen his Cargo Trike out and about!

This is Bill

I guess he’s one of the reasons the gardens always look so full, healthy and GREEN!
After seeing him for the past 6 years I finally approached him to introduce myself. He rides that great cargo trike and hauls everything he needs with it. After speaking with him briefly I got the idea that he really loves his work.

I see him out gardening no matter what the temperature. It was really good to finally meet you after passing you almost everyday.

Thanks for keeping our park so nice and GREEN!

Frozone.. Hudson River Bikeway

Still really freezing. The wind has died down so it feels like Spring!
Here’s the sunset as I rode into Battery Park City.Well at least the days are getting longer…Statue of Liberty in far left.

A tourist from The Netherlands. He had a bicycle with him and just came back from a ride over the Brooklyn Bridge…..He was very amused with my Recumbent!

Inside!

NYC Car -Free Zone – Get to Know Hudson River Bikeway Commuters

Hudson River Bikeway Commuters
Here’s Alex…
  
A NYC Car Free Zone
Commute in Green
 
We met on the bikeway this morning going north.Even with a  the temperature 24 degrees, he was good enough to pose for me. Nice Bike! He rides everywhere in the 5 boro’s on his bicycle.The thought of being underground in the SUBWAY and missing all this beauty would kill him!  I couldn’t agree more.
Listening to his passion for the views from all the NYC bridges was defiantly a feeling I could relate to.
Hey Alex if you need some input on riding with your child send me an email.
Today before I ran into Alex…
I stopped at Canal St to take photos of some NYC Hudson River bikeway commuters.
These are people I see everyday!
Give a Wave!
Here’s Phil

And some others that just rode by,,,,

 
 

 
Arrive Happy!
shelly.urmo1@gmail.com

Facebook Ride-Central Park ,NYC – The Girls from Battery Park City

I invited some Facebook friends too meet at the Boathouse in Central Park last Saturday. It was about 19 Degree’s when I left the house. No one showed up in Central Park, but I had some inspiration on the way.

I ran into a group of amazing women cyclists at Houston st on the west side Hudson River Bikeway. They were riding north into a pretty good headwind . I was so curious about what had driven them to go cycling in these harsh conditions. I was really impressed to see them.
Well the Mother said the girls had received these bikes for Christmas and this is the first chance they’ve had to ride.It was that simple!
I don’t know Moms age but clearly The Girls were about Four and Five years old and having a great time, hope you found this BLOG!

Maybe next time my Facebook friends will come out too?

Just for proof that I was there!

Central Park Lake
Frozen Over

The Boathose

Deep Freeze-Winter Bicycle Comuting in NYC

Happy Hour..The Cycling equal to the “Urban Rush Hour Traffic Jam

I had the pleasure of riding to work with my buddy Howie!
What a view we had! Both of us felt very privileged  being able to bicycle uptown in this amazing setting along The Hudson River.Yes NYC is still in a deep freeze.I know for you cyclists up in Canada or you Ice Bikers in Alaska  24deg’s is no big deal ,but for now its the best we can do!

Looking north from Chambers Street
  
NY Waterway Ferry docking at the World Financial Center
I could really feel the COLD refrigerated air coming off the Hudson!
What a great RIDE…..

We are not alone….


If you have the right BIKE, Cycling in the snow is as much

FUN as cross country skiing!

Porter: 

Hard-core cyclists do not fear winter



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Yvonne Bambrick of the Toronto Cyclists Union, above, is the face of cycling in Toronto. She is teaching Catherine Porter how to ride in winter. (Jan. 8, 2010)

RICHARD LAUTENS/TORONTO STAR

The key to riding a bicycle in winter, Yvonne Bambrick confides, is tissues.
“Some people do the, what do they call it, snot rockets. Yuck.” She digs into her purse in the front basket of her bicycle to reveal a pale blue silk pouch, brimming with Kleenex. “Do you want one?”
Click-The rest of the story…..





Still, Bambrick is hardcore – she bikes year-round. To prove cycling is a legitimate form of transportation, you need to do it in winter – just like drivers do.

Love this stuff!

Get dressed
Get Out
 RIDE YOUR BIKE!

West Side Winter Bikeway Commuter

Happy Hour on the Bikeway!
Best commute in NYC, Battery Park City to west 31st street.

My Neighbor Howie….

Stephanie meet a fellow West side Bikeway Bicycle Commuter.
Howie you can scroll down and meet Stephanie!


On his way to work at west 31st Street.
Has a bike for every occasion.
Rides everyday no matter what the weather brings.
The thought of using the NYC Subway makes him want to HURL!
Wonders how NYC subway riders put up with it,and you have to pay for it TOO?
Lusts after a Quest Velomobile!
Give him a wave…. 
There he goes….


Hardcore

Got better with the PHONE CAM
Here I am just getting to my office on west 36th street.

I guess I forgot to clean the snow off !
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