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Simeon Iliev

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Hi! I’m Simeon Iliev, and I am a velomobile ambassador from Sofia, Bulgaria. 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!

 

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About me & my bicycle

A couple of years ago when I was in a process of switching countries from Bulgaria to The Netherlands and just started working on my new job there. One day in the office, I met a colleague in the morning, and as part of our usual morning talk, I was asking him how he came to the office that morning, he said, “Yeah, I came by bicycle”. And when I have asked him, how far from the office you live, he said: “yeah, it is about 42 km…”. I was struck by the answer, so I asked him how much time it took you to come to the office from home, and he replied: “Ah, about 45 mins, but normally on average between 45 mins and 1 hours+-“. So I was looking strange at him, but he said, “well, I have a velomobile bicycle, and that helps”. So this is how my journey with velomobiles has started and I started making plans to buy a velomobile.

 

Fast forward, couple of years later after that I had to move – switch countries back to Bulgaria, in Sofia again. And I got totally disappointed with my plans for buying a velomobile, because here in Bulgaria we have very bad roads, and very crazy drivers, and literally none proper bicycle lanes/pads. (Alright to be fair there are some bicycle lanes, but nothing comparable to the ones in Netherlands or even Germany). But for some reason I have said to myself, I should rather promote cycling in Bulgaria rather than giving up. So in the end I have said to myself, “I will try to become a velomobile and bicycle promoter in Sofia and in Bulgaria” and maybe in general cycling ambassador as something ecological and healthy as transport for work, travel and fun. And I will do that starting by taking the risk and be an example.

 

So I ordered a Bülk velomobile and somehow, I saw the opportunity and got inspired to get it myself from the factory in Romania and drive it back to my home in Sofia, in Bulgaria, around 650 KMs. It seems quite an adventure, and good opportunity for nice first rides with my new velomobile. But I got discouraged by a lot of relatives and colleagues, that were saying, it can be dangerous and risky – Given the roads and drivers in Romania and Bulgaria, they are far from what are the roads and drivers in the Netherlands or other West Europe countries. However this didn’t force me to give up, cycling in general is risky anyway, doesn’t matter where. And also as dedicated Christian believer I have hope and trust in God that He will protect me during my trips with this bicycle.

 

And indeed it happened so, I made my first 650 KMs on a trip from Romania to Bulgaria successfully. And now driving everyday to the office with my Bülk velomobile. You can check more about it on my YouTube channel: Velomobile Zone Youtube, HERE.

 

Also I have a website: https://velomobilezone.com, as well can be found in most of the social media channels, see here. I also created a discord forum channel: Velomobile Zone Discord forum & chat (see here).

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 BULGARIA, UK, 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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