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Stage 4 | My Journey

Stage 4 of My Journey: My velomobile arrived. Is there a beginner’s guide to riding a velomobile?

What do I do the first time after taking the velomobile out of the box?

Below we added two videos so you can get an idea about some things that you have to do after unboxing your velomobile. But no worries, if you ordered your velomobile through a dealer, he will prepare the velomobile for you and he will also make the final adjustments when you arrive to pick it up. This service was available only in Europe and the places where we have dealers. Good news, if you are from USA and you order a velomobile, when it arrives in Minnesota, Ben Parke (Northland Velo) and his local team, can help you with these first settings.

The perfect seating position.

Entry and exit.

What I can do to ride safely?

What tools do I need?

How can I fix mechanicals at home or on the road?

If you have a basic understanding of bike maintenance and repair, you may be able to fix most of the issues on your velomobile yourself. Common repairs include fixing flat tires, adjusting brakes and derailleurs and replacing worn-out parts such as chains and brake pads.

 

To get started, you will need a basic set of tools, including wrenches, screwdrivers and tire levers. You may also need specific tools for working on velomobiles, such as a chain tool and bottom bracket wrench.

 

It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and recommended maintenance schedule for your specific model of velomobile. If you’re unsure about how to perform a certain repair/fix, it’s always best to consult a professional mechanic or the manufacturer.

 

We have a special page dedicated to support you in fixing mechanicals at home or on the road, and Jan also created a lot of useful videos that you can discover on our YouTube channel.

If I need help can you help me?

Of course, you can always send us an email at “[email protected]” and we will try to find a solution for your situation.

How can I do the maintenance?

Maintenance of a velomobile requires regular inspections to ensure that it remains in good condition and runs smoothly. Here are some steps you can take to maintain your velomobile:

 

1) Clean your velomobile regularly: A clean velomobile not only looks good, but it also prevents rust, dirt and debris from accumulating and causing damage to your vehicle. Use a soft cloth or sponge to clean the exterior of your velomobile and avoid using harsh chemicals that can damage the paint and finish.

2) Check the tires: Check the tire pressure regularly and inflate them to the recommended pressure. Inspect the tires for any signs of wear, damage or punctures and replace them if necessary.

3) Lubricate the moving parts: Regularly lubricate the chain, derailleur and other moving parts to keep them running smoothly. Use a high-quality lubricant that is specifically designed for bicycles and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

4) Inspect the brakes: Check the brakes regularly to ensure that they are working properly. Look for signs of wear or damage and replace the brake pads if necessary.

5) Check the cables: Inspect the cables for any signs of wear or damage and replace them if necessary. Make sure the cables are properly adjusted so that the brakes and gears work correctly.

6) Store your velomobile properly: When you’re not using your velomobile, store it in a dry, cool place, where it is protected from the weather elements. This will help prevent rust and other damage.

 

By following these steps, you can keep your velomobile in good condition and ensure that it remains safe and reliable for years to come. If you want more information on how to maintain your velomobile, we made a dedicated page, check it HERE. If you’re not comfortable performing maintenance tasks yourself, take your velomobile to a qualified bike mechanic for professional service or to your nearest dealer.

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