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Old 11-28-2010, 09:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello from Alaska

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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Old 11-28-2010, 11:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That three wheeler is sweet!

If you made an aerodynamic shell, like this, around it you could vastly improve your MPGs.
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Old 11-28-2010, 11:40 AM   #3 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 11-28-2010, 11:42 AM   #4 (permalink)
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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.

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Old 11-28-2010, 12:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 11-28-2010, 12:29 PM   #6 (permalink)
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It would also protect you from the wind.
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Old 11-29-2010, 02:53 AM   #7 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 11-29-2010, 08:54 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Very nice !

I love the trike. I'd like to see and read more detail about it if you would.

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Old 11-29-2010, 02:35 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Looks cool!

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Have you looked through our wiki for mod ideas?
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Old 11-29-2010, 10:23 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Ed, my trike build is detailed at Motoredbikes.com (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.

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