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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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    all I know, is I love that lady's confident smirk

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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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    Next up: Full disc wheel on the front. Pros and cons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mollusk View Post
    What about the "aero" racing cap that the winners were sporting on their lead rider? Aero headgear is VERY important.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
    The aero-ness of the helmet is, sadly, offset by the forehead wrinkles. Shame, really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Namenda View Post
    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
    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.

    Discuss.
    Maybe they should ride a bike so they can turn better.

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    "bloody mug"?

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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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by fatallightning View Post
    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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