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Old 09-26-2014, 08:33 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Old 09-26-2014, 09:45 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I had the same problem. Weird.

My boy scout troop had those exact totes! I'd say use a small box for normal daily stuff and get a modified kiddie trailer with totes like that for the grocery trips.
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Old 09-29-2014, 12:39 AM   #13 (permalink)
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If you go with a tote, make a curved piece to round the front and make a cover too. See the threads in the Aerodynamics section on pickup truck beds.
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Old 09-29-2014, 08:51 AM   #14 (permalink)
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No need for leading edge, the box is only slightly wider than my butt. A cover could be useful for other reasons though.

I think I'll worry about aerodynamics on my next frame... I'll see if I can incorporate aero fairings into a semi-recumbent seating position, almost weatherproof machine.
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This worked well for me and you could adjust for the height of the handlebars above the head tube.
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So did that help aero load or just stop the wind/noise?
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This fairing is for protection and by itself does not improve speed in a coast down test. I have a hill at the end of my street that drops 30 ft. in 0.1 of a mile. I use a Sigma digital speedometer. Starting at 0 mph I get a top speed of 17 mph with my center bars and 16 mph with the front fairing alone. I am working on side panels and a tail box with the goal of a 25% reduction in drag.
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Old 12-08-2014, 11:12 PM   #20 (permalink)
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speed vs fairing

Grant, I looked up "motorcycle drag fairing" tonight and happened onto this thread by you a couple of years ago, where you mentioned a 40% increase in speed at a relatively low 10 to 14 mph. Have you changed your mind about the drag reduction from a fairing, or was that a different design?

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