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Duane Jardine

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Hi! My name is Duane Jardine and I am a velomobile ambassador from Paso Robles, California, USA. Let me know how I can help you discover a fantastic alternative to a car that’s much faster and more comfortable than a bicycle! Let’s schedule a chat and maybe even a test drive!

 

Email: [email protected]

 

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About me

I’m retired from the wine industry and am currently farming the family farm here in Paso Robles. I live half way between Los Angeles and San Fransisco. My first bike had training wheels on it and remember it was so much fun to ride. My siblings and I would ride our bikes all over the area here until we grew up. Many years ago I started riding again and I even led fully contained bikes tours. When I worked in the wine industry here I tried to ride my bike to work as much as possible. One year I challenged myself to ride my bike to work every day to see if I could do it. Rain or shine, heat or freezing cold I rode my bike to work every day. In the winter here it would get so cold that I would have to wear heavy gloves and heated insole in my shoes. Then I got a velomobile and didn’t trust it initially to keep me from getting so cold but even on the coldest mornings I could ride in shorts and sandals.

 

What I like about velomobiles is they are a lot of fun to ride. They are at times like driving a fast sports car only that you are the one suppling all the power. The aerodynamics of the shape lets you ride at speeds that you wouldn’t have imagined possible. I also found that because I’m fully enclosed that I don’t have the sun beating down on me in the summertime. In the winter time I rode to work at 20°F in shorts and sandals. They have really great protection from the weather. The reclined position means I don’t have any parts of my body that get sore from riding. The velomobile is also highly visible to other traffic on the road. The Bülk that you see me riding will be the forth velomobile that I have owned, I like them that much. The weight of the velomobile causes the speeds going uphill to be slow but I found out the benefit of that was the building up of my leg muscles much more than just riding a bike. If you have any questions you can email me or call me. Do you want to go for a ride? That is also possible.

Bülk MK1 Velomobile

After Eggert Bülk and Jens Buckbesch started the Milan project in 2005 (which is still running successfully today), they started a new velomobile project in 2021, the Bülk-MK1. It implements a new space utilization and aerodynamic concept. The findings from various wind tunnel tests were also taken into account. Jens documented every step of the Bülk-MK1 project, then he sent us very detailed info to create a page where you can discover the philosophy of the Bülk-MK1.

WHAT IS A VELOMOBILE

A velomobile is a human-powered vehicle related to the bicycle, for everyday use, with a body/shell that provides comfort, weather protection and luggage space. Due to the aerodynamically shaped bodywork, you can achieve a decent speed with little effort (30-50 km/h on flat road). Velomobiles are very suitable as commuter vehicles, for shopping or holidays, also are a good way to clear your mind while taking a tour or a road trip with your friends.

Why you will love one

● Fun to drive with little effort on long distances

Environmental friendly transport

● Very suitable for commuting, shopping, holiday travels

Comfortable to drive

You are independent, needs only your force to work

Good for training and sport, good for your health

HOW TO ORDER YOURS

If you live in USA or Canada, please create an account, so you can order your velomobile. After you create your account on our website, you can access the configurator to create the velomobile after your needs, you will see also the final price and other details, if you follow the steps. Do you need help? Please contact me!

People. Experiences. Reviews.

Werner Klomp, one of our clients, took some time to share with us his experience over the years with a few models of velomobiles.

I just want to write something positive as a customer of VelomobileWorld.com; In one year, I drove about 16.000 till 20.000 km with a velomobile made by VelomobileWorld.com in Romania, and that’s already over 10 years with a lot of fun and almost no problems.

The velomobiles are getting better and better, lighter and lighter, faster and faster. Therefore I thank the Romanian producers and off course the designer Daniel Fenn and also the distributor Ymte with whom I have also good connections. If there is a problem, what normally is small, the help from all three of them is very fast. I never had a problem that big in the last 8 years that I couldn’t drive on to the destination I want.

The first Velomobile was a Strada, which I drove in two years about 50.000 km and the only problem was the broken suspension on the back. This part made from aluminum was on the post after two days at my place to repair it. Strada was a little bit big for me, that is when Daniel came to Velomobiel.nl and started to work there. At that time he designed the DF, which is like a smaller Strada, with the complete team from Velomobiel.nl. The DF velomobile came and I drove it with a lot of fun and speed, over 50.000 km in two years. By driving so many kilometers you’ll always find something to make better. All those experiences I offered to the team to make it even better than already was. The time goes on, people want to do their business to work, not always together, so Ymte started Intercitybike and Daniel is working for himself in southern Germany.

Daniel designed a new model called Alpha 7, which is a bit bigger than DF but a bit smaller than  DF XL. This velomobile is about 21 kg, which is 3 kg lighter than the normal DF, so as you can see, it is still getting better and better. This Velomobile is made in Romania of course, and at a really good quality. Also if the new velomobiles have some problems, they always fix them very fast and the customers are getting help. The Alpha is now also produced with tank steering, which is made from carbon fiber and very light.

At this moment I have an Alpha with tank steering at home and a DF that was specially made for me with special parts and special carbon fiber to make it lighter for me. This one made me happy and I drove 500 km already, with a lot of hill meters in it the last 5 days. The speed between Alpha and my special DF is almost the same, but for me the DF fits very well to my body, so I am very lucky to have this part built for me in Romania.

So I want to thank the whole team in Romania for their work, the good parts and the deliver … thanks a lot guys.

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