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Old 11-02-09, 03:50 PM   #1
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Racing trikes/ rack or no rack?

Rich in Peoria's post of people "racing" tricycles got me looking at making a purchase. Being kind of a TT nut, I noticed that second place in the latest comp (tandem) used a wire rack:



While first place didn't:



Given that first place had two (sort of) male racers on board yet second was mixed and still finished a close second, I'm wondering if the rack had some beneficial effect on aerodynamics.

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Old 11-02-09, 03:53 PM   #2
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Old 11-02-09, 03:56 PM   #3
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What about the "aero" racing cap that the winners were sporting on their lead rider? Aero headgear is VERY important.
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Old 11-02-09, 03:59 PM   #5
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Next up: Full disc wheel on the front. Pros and cons.
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Old 11-02-09, 04:00 PM   #6
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What about the "aero" racing cap that the winners were sporting on their lead rider? Aero headgear is VERY important.
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The aero-ness of the helmet is, sadly, offset by the forehead wrinkles. Shame, really.
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Old 11-02-09, 04:07 PM   #8
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The aero-ness of the helmet is, sadly, offset by the forehead wrinkles. Shame, really.
Those are boundary layer wrinkles. His tunnel work showed a significant improvement in cDa against the "unconcerned" or "I smell a phart" facials expressions.

I believe his blog post was something to the effect of "to go fast, you must have a facial expression that looks as if the wind is ripping at your bloody mug. Look fast, go fast."
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Old 11-02-09, 04:12 PM   #9
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Isn't racing trikes kind of like arguing over the internet, or the Special Olympics? Even if you win...
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Even if you win, you're still racing a friggin' trike...

Maybe they should put suspension on the rear wheels so that they can turn better.

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Even if you win, you're still racing a friggin' trike...

Maybe they should put suspension on the rear wheels so that they can turn better.

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Maybe they should ride a bike so they can turn better.
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Old 11-02-09, 06:12 PM   #12
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"bloody mug"?

is that a real British accent I hear?
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I'm thinking a tandem trike with 2 strong dudes would be a cool motorpacing platform. You can follow close between the 2 rear wheels, get max draft.
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^ Perfect setup for the 'flying v' peloton formation.
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Channeling the mighty ducks now are we?
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So that's what a triathlete looks like?

Get it, tri-cycle..
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Those are boundary layer wrinkles. His tunnel work showed a significant improvement in cDa against the "unconcerned" or "I smell a phart" facials expressions.
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Rich in Peoria's post of people "racing" tricycles got me looking at making a purchase. Being kind of a TT nut, I noticed that second place in the latest comp (tandem) used a wire rack...while first place didn't.
You really didn't mean for any puns there?
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im kind of wondering if there were only 2 entrants in the class.
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im kind of wondering if there were only 2 entrants in the class.
I've been in local TT's with maybe half a dozen pairs in the tandem trike class and 10-15 on standard trikes.
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