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Alaskavan 11-28-2010 10:58 AM

Hello from Alaska
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I live in rural Alaska. It's 33 miles from my cabin to the small town where I work. I added a small ATV motor to a recumbent 3-wheel bicycle for my summer commute. I get over 150 mpg, and cruise at 35 - 40 mph. I look forward to learning ways to improve my mileage.
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Angmaar 11-28-2010 12:35 PM

That three wheeler is sweet!

If you made an aerodynamic shell, like this, around it you could vastly improve your MPGs.

SentraSE-R 11-28-2010 12:40 PM

Cool! Welcome to the site. It sounds like you have a neat setup. I lived in Anchorage from 1977-1983, and drove through Haines on the way up and back.

euromodder 11-28-2010 12:42 PM

A full aerodynamic fairing would help greatly.
Wheel covers that cover the spokes should help a bit too.
They're often used on velomobiles in Europe.

Alaskavan 11-28-2010 01:15 PM

When I built the trike, I settled for just the Windwrap because I wanted it to be very clear to any observer that it is a motor-assisted bike. Now that the local police have become comfortable with that idea, perhaps it's time to think about a more complete fairing.

Angmaar 11-28-2010 01:29 PM

It would also protect you from the wind.

bestclimb 11-29-2010 03:53 AM

Cool to see another Alaskan on here. I am in the Mat-Su area, I have spent a fair bit of time down in south east and my wife was born in Haines.

bikin' Ed 11-29-2010 09:54 AM

Very nice !
I love the trike. I'd like to see and read more detail about it if you would.:thumbup:


Weather Spotter 11-29-2010 03:35 PM

Looks cool!

Welcome to the site.
Have you looked through our wiki for mod ideas?
Car MPG Efficiency Modifications Main - EcoModder

Alaskavan 11-29-2010 11:23 PM

Ed, my trike build is detailed at (I'm not allowed to post a link yet). Do a search there for Tadpole Trike.
It is a pretty long thread. If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them.

Weather Spotter, I'll try to get there when I find the time. Today I got 3' of snow, so most of my spare time for a while will be spent on the end of a shovel.:eek:

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