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Old 11-21-2016, 09:46 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Definitely not practical to ride aero in traffic - totally agree. I usually just lock my elbows in the handlebar ends of my mountain bike when I'm on dedicated paved trails. Helps a lot.

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Not looking so much for reduced commute times, but for reduced strain on myself, and (in the case of the fairing) cut some of the cold air...
Maybe slightly out of context fer this thread, but any thought of converting it to an e-bike along with the fairing? There's a lot of different e-bike kits out there.
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Id love to convert it, but those kits aren't cheap... I'd like to get good components with intention of hot rodding it a little... Still deciding between a mid drive or hub motors...
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If you don't have to worry about snow in winter get a road bike.
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Well ideally, the bike would be parked in cold weather, but times are desperate at this point... I have what some call a hybrid... Skinny tires, long gearing but flat bars and MTB riding stance
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Not looking so much for reduced commute times, but for reduced strain on myself, and (in the case of the fairing) cut some of the cold air...
I have done extensive experiments in bike fairings. (See my forum name...). I have found the best results aero-wise are aero bars and a REAR, not front disc covers on the wheel.

Neither of these will help you with cold air though. I did make a "nose cone" thing that mounted above the handlebars that might help. I'll try and see if i have a picture of it...
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I have done extensive experiments in bike fairings. (See my forum name...). I have found the best results aero-wise are aero bars and a REAR, not front disc covers on the wheel.

Neither of these will help you with cold air though. I did make a "nose cone" thing that mounted above the handlebars that might help. I'll try and see if i have a picture of it...
After many decades,I still like this design.It would provide some shelter from the elements,but there might be fogging and icing of the canopy to deal with.
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After many decades,I still like this design.It would provide some shelter from the elements,but there might be fogging and icing of the canopy to deal with.
Oh, but that's recumbent. Nobody likes 'bents.
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Oh, I'd love to have a nice velo-mobile... However, they cost more than any of my cars have, lol
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http://s1187.photobucket.com/user/wg...90050.jpg.html I use a nose fairing in cold weather and moved my bar end grips inboard on my Jamis Aragon city bike. Tires are 700C x 38 with cyclocross tires for winter. Side panels and a tail section will complete the package which should result in a 25% reduction in drag. I do coast down testing to measure improvements. When I get a complete package I will put the drawings on sale.
To make a velomobile practical seat height needs to be 19 inches, same as a passenger car. An electric motor assist option is gaining popularity. Check your state and local laws first. My chain saw motor kit is not legal in NYS but fine in PA six miles away.


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