Francis Giroux

How can I help you?

Hello! My name is Francis Giroux and I am a velomobile ambassador from Hudson Falls, New York, 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]


Useful links:    Velomobile World YouTube Channel    Francis YouTube Channel    Blog    Technical Support    Create account

About me

I was an athlete in high school and college and expected to continue as a private athlete into old age. In 2003 after running cross country and high peak mountain hiking, I experienced a plane crash that left me quite cripple, with two broken feet, legs and one arm and back. After 6-9 months I attempted to resume mountain hiking. With my fused feet running was impossible, though I did attempt to hobble through two marathons and made it to 17 miles each time before my feet swelled so much I couldn’t easily get my shoes off.


I resorted to recumbent tricycle riding for my exercise and even with fused feet (bending only 1-2 inches at the toes) I excelled in recumbent riding. From 2009 until now I have covered over 56,000 miles on three tricycles (26,000 miles in the first two years). One trike is now on the bottom of Lake George in upstate New York after falling through the ice in February. On the other two I attached a homemade capsule (enclosure) which technically made them into velomobiles-pictures below). They both improved the wind resistance so I could reach speeds in the mid twenty miles per hour on the flats. Finally after being the cheap skate champion I joined the ambassador program of Velomobile World. I expect to improve my speed by about 50% with the Bülk velomobile. If you want to see a video of the two encapsulated trikes and instructions on how to build them see my YouTube video at


I ride year round in snowy up state New York at 73 years old and expect to ride the Bülk until I am in my eighties. By then I should have ridden the equivalent to three times around the world (72,000 miles).


Riding a velomobile is much nicer than an open recumbent trike. The weather protection, aerodynamics, and safety is much appreciated in my advanced age. At the moment there is no other ambassador within 250 miles of me that I know of. If you are in New England or New York state or eastern Canada, feel free to call me for a test ride. The Bülk is built for quick and easy adjustment for small to large people. Email me at [email protected]

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.


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


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; In one year, I drove about 16.000 till 20.000 km with a velomobile made by 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 and started to work there. At that time he designed the DF, which is like a smaller Strada, with the complete team from 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.

Velomobiles on world roads

We have happy clients that are delighted about the velomobile experience, in over 20 countries around the world.

Germany, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, England, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Portugal, Spain

China, Japan, Korea, Saudi Arabia

USA, Canada, Brazil

Australia & New Zealand


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