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Old 09-09-2015, 08:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Why streamline bicycles vs. just add a fairing ?

I was waiting for the doctor ( just under three hours ) and had some time to look over the magazines there.
The headlines on the cover said " worlds fastest bike ".

But it was a bicycle not a HPV ... and not the Velox3.

I was just wondering why it is that so much effort and expense* go into improving the aerodynamics, when a simple fairing would cut the drag in half !
Why spend over ten times the cost of a standard bicycle frame, shave your legs to cut drag, etc, when a simple piece of bent cardboard would drastically reduce drag ?

( *the bicycle costs $ 12,000 dollars ! )

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Wow - I had no idea how stupid expensive bicycles can be.
This thing goes for $ 500,000. 00
That's five
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Why spend over ten times the cost of a standard bicycle frame, shave your legs to cut drag, etc, when a simple piece of bent cardboard would drastically reduce drag ?
Because the rules of the organizations that govern bicycle racing allow shaved legs &c, but not fairings. (Otherwise all the Tour de France competitors would be riding recumbents.) A lot of recreational cyclists are wannabe racers, or at least appear so from their choice of apparel.

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