yay! all the parts are there!
Thorsten Rentel (of pedalkraft.dk and Bries velomobile fame) building the rear wheel with an 8-speed Shimano Nexus Hub drive.
test fit of the rear wheel
Thorsten checks alignment
thanks to the internal 8-speed hub, no offset was needed in mounting the rear wheel, as you might have with an external cassette.
Thorsten props up the seat to see where I want it. I prefer a more upright position when touring, so we ended up making a custom bracket to raise the back of the seat as high as possible.
closer to completion!
uh oh! a crash!
on the downhill side, getting up to 30 kph, the right front tie-rod came loose causing the right wheel to fold under me, sending me forward into the pavement. I suffered a bit of road-rash from sliding a few meters, but I walked away. Closer inspection of both tie-rods revealed that neither were tightened at the factory (at either end), as originally thought.
damage to the tire from the slide
my quick-n-dirty fix so that I was able to ride it back to the Leitra shop (about 2 km). the bolt for the tie-rod was missing.
Original Steintrike Nomad with rear luggage box
Steintrike Nomad with 2010 prototype WildCat nose fairing. just using this for testing the fit of the nose piece to the fairing by way of a custom 'hook' attached to the frame at the front of the trike
Idea mockup of new WildCat fairing, fully enclosing the trike. done with GIMP
starting first layer of polyurethene coating in orange (camera makes it look more red for some reason).
after second layer of painting
4 layers of polyurethane painting completed to all the parts: top, sides, lower skirt, roof. the next step is to apply a final coat that is mixed with a fine powder to help the glass-fiber layer to adhere to the paint. when cured they will bond, coloring the outer layer of the glass-fiber.
C. G. clamping all the fairing sections together
close up of a sidepanel
cabrio 3/4 view
cabrio front view
the new nomad wildcat nose fairing, fresh out of the mold!
view from 5 floors up
side view with windscreen and top attached
front/above view with windscreen and top attached
2011 Nomad Wildcat