I gave my Zephyr recumbent some good maintenance and plucked the old Bob-yak from the ceiling of our shed, where it hanged for 20 years. Some black paint, new bearings, grease and a bit oil after a good cleaning was all it took to be ready to roll. It’s funny that Strava asked if IContinue reading “Zephyr and Bob-yak”
In the country with a lot of cycling, the Netherlands, a l’eroica has never been organized … Why not? How did that happen ? Isn’t it time to start next year ? Just seeing these videos already makes me happy … I can’t wait to cycle along with such an event myself … Only happyContinue reading “L’EROICA”
I needed a new saddle for my Bullitt. The old one was made of plastic and because of the cracks in the deck I often got a wet butt from the rainwater that remained in the plastic foam for days on end. On the old Batavus I still have an old “Lepper” saddle that suits me well. I know a leatherContinue reading “new saddle”
Cycle Vision, the annual recumbent bike event organized by the Dutch recumbent association, took place in 2003 in Lelystad. Because of the COVID-19 measures I now started to rummage through my old negatives albums, I came across the photo reports that I made back then. I immediately recognized a few well-known celebrities among Dutch recumbentContinue reading “Cycle Vision in Lelystad, 2003”
When we see a velomobile, everyone immediately thinks of a reduction in air resistance and therefore high speeds … But yesterday, for the second time in my velomobile years, I had to experience being hit by a motorist. And I was also well protected by the streamline for the second time. Tribute to the designersContinue reading “Another big advantage of a velomobile; Protection!”
The 552 is open again !
An old Sparta bicycle (model Radar) was unused for a few years in the shed. I refurbished it a bit. I also made a box with wood from the wood storage and some old materials that were in the box called “do not yet throw away”. The wood had been stored in our wood storage for aboutContinue reading “Sparta Radar”
These button badges are from the time when all bicycles were still “green”. I found them in an old box stored in the shed … Today, the majority of new bicycles sold are electrically assisted and thus bicycles have become part of environmental pollution. It’s only a matter of time until all bicycles are electrically supported andContinue reading “old button badges”
This book makes you look differently Thalia has already written some important things in an article (in Dutch). For the time being, the book has only been published in Dutch. I strongly recommend this book, also for avid cyclists, because it allows you to think thoroughly about the situation in our living space and toContinue reading “the right of the fastest”
For years I’ve used a velomobile for my commute. I had a good condition although I was a heavy smoker and used to smoke even while cycling.In November 2013 I quit my job at the Thermphos-site and had to use a car, for my employers were not accessible by bicycle or the distance was wayContinue reading “my velomobile history …”
Full of melancholy I cycled home yesterday after the last night shift … it could be the last … The “phosphoric acid plant” is now blowing the last vapor from its chimney … maybe a few more days … then the factory will die. What a differance compared to the situation on Juli 2010 …Continue reading “melancholy”
My colleagues Harm and Bram saw me arriving at work in my velomobile and made a video with their mobile phone. Nicely done guys! If I’d known they were recording … I would’ve gone much faster 😉
After this photo I rounded the edges of the hinges a bit better with a file. The corona crisis made me think back to my father who always kept the “used-but-still-good” screws, bolts and nuts in glass jars. I have adopted that habit … in times of crisis always handy to have some spare inContinue reading “putting things together …”
Since I’m working on Quest 552 I put my Zephyr next to it, to compare the height …I’ll also clean my Zephyr tomorrow, because it’s spring and it’ll get only warmer outside.
David mentioned an old video of mine that inspired him to buy a velomobile as well. As a result, I also saw the old videos again … Quite nice, even though the video technology has improved a lot in recent years … The first one is the “oliebollentocht 2007“. The second one is “paastreffen 2010“.