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Old 02-04-2010, 03:37 PM   #15 (permalink)
Bicycle Bob
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Leaners are keen, but our lad here wants a sociable. BTW, Wayneburg, do you have a co-driver in mind?
One trade-off is that if you stick with a tadpole, I'd be willing to have a go at designing a frame, suspension, and steering linkage for you in bamboo+epoxy+'glass.
Another caveat I have reluctantly adopted is that if one is planning to go quickly in a light, streamlined vehicle, all the dense bits belong in the nose, for directional stability in crosswinds. Craig Vetter is improving his ride by bolting lead in the nose, but there are better ways to deal with weight, given a clean sheet of paper. Trikes are less sensitive to crosswinds than bikes, of course, but the idea is to cross a patch of black ice in a strong crosswind, and move over without rotation. It reduces what AJ Foyt called the "pucker factor."
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