Hello everybody! My name is Marc Rosen and I am a velomobile ambassador from Northern Maryland (almost Pennsylvania), USA. I ride velomobiles and recumbent trikes in the very hilly areas surrounding my home as training methods for my frequent pursuit of centuries in flatter areas. I enjoy the comfort of velomobiles in colder weather and for extended distances. 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!
I am a recently retired 67-year-old Cancer Research Technician and a NAVY Veteran. I have been an avid bicyclist since the age of 5. I discovered recumbent trikes in August 2017. Due to two lumbar spinal fusions (while in the Navy) and degenerated discs in my cervical spine, pedaling an upright bike was a painful experience, yet a four-hour test ride on a trike proved to be completely pleasurable and relaxing.
My first trike, an ICE Full Fat arrived in October and eventually my “fleet” increased to three as I went to faster, more maneuverable machines. In May 2019 I entered my first group ride and saw my first velomobile, NINE VELOMOBILES to be correct. I was in awe; I must have examined every exterior and interior (with permission) of each machine. When a pack of five velomobiles passed me on the course I knew I had to have one someday. Six months later I had the privilege to sit in a friend’s DFXL and that was the impetus that guided me to order my first velomobile. In March 2021, DFXL #303 arrived and it has allowed me to extend my riding range. I’ve entered five centuries and completed four, and use it for a lot of pedaling on the narrow hilly roads in my neighborhood.
With my fleet of three trikes I have regularly allowed other riders to take test rides while being able to tag along. As a Bülk Ambassador I would be able to – with some scrutiny – let prospective buyers try out my Bülk since it has easier access than my DF.
Once I began pedaling recumbent and velomobiles I feel that my overall health has improved. I’ve lost weight and have slept better. I can’t deny the ego boost I get when I hear comments about my velomobile, especially when I convince them – those riding upright bikes – that I don’t have a motor inside. I’ve also added a 360 degree camera to my velomobile and once I become skilled with editing, I will begin posting ride videos on my Facebook page. And though I won’t change my license tag to “Bülk”, I would proudly affix a Velomobile World sticker to the back of my truck.
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.
● 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!
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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