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    My 2013 Model Faired Bike, or maybe too much free time

    My new faired commuter bike for winter riding, which I completed just today. I wanted to make this one a little smaller and lighter than my previous tries and I think I achieved that although there are a number of adjustments that need to be made.

    DCP_0001.jpgfairing2.jpg


    I had time for a test ride, unfortunately short because the Greenway is flooded in places and I don't want this in traffic until I sort out all the potential surprises. But on the short ride it worked like a charm!

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    Cool!
    How's your peripheral/rear visibility?
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    rugged individualist wphamilton's Avatar
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    Not a problem. It's hard to judge scale with everything obscured like that, but the top of the cover is only about eight inches above the seat in back and about thirteen or fourteen inches above the handlebars in front. So visibility is easy unless I'm down in a flat position.

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    I just wanted to post some better pics. Super ride today, comfortable at 38 degrees and of course it kept all the slop off of me. I do need to narrow the front and sides by about 1.5-2 inches each for aero purposes

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    Aerodynamically, I haven't tested it methodically yet but I can tell it's not much better than last year's blue model, maybe 2-4 mph faster than a regular bike at the speeds I ride. That should improve some with adjustments.

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    The only thing that could be scarier than you approaching me in that is if you had a 50-cal (fake or otherwise) mounted on it.

    Can you post a photo with you in it?

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    op. u need a recumbent

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    Via con dios if the get a strong cross-wind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seeker333 View Post
    op. u need a recumbent
    True a low profile recumbent would provide better aerodynamics but, you know, the traditional drawbacks of a recumbent ...

    Quote Originally Posted by dynaryder View Post
    Via con dios if the get a strong cross-wind.
    Everyone always says that

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrickards View Post
    The only thing that could be scarier than you approaching me in that is if you had a 50-cal (fake or otherwise) mounted on it.

    Can you post a photo with you in it?
    I'll get the wife to take a pic, if I can get her out of the house tomorrow.

    Maybe fake missiles would match the style better than a fake machine ***?

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    Cool!! So how do you ... errrrr ..... put it on? get on it?

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    The whole left left side remains connected at the front and downtube, and it opens at the back (kept closed with that crude tube rubber and velcro clasp at the tail). I pry it open and step over old man style, then fasten it back up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
    True a low profile recumbent would provide better aerodynamics but, you know, the traditional drawbacks of a recumbent ...
    Drawbacks of a recumbent?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
    My new faired commuter bike for winter riding, which I completed just today. I wanted to make this one a little smaller and lighter than my previous tries and I think I achieved that although there are a number of adjustments that need to be made.

    DCP_0001.jpgfairing2.jpg


    I had time for a test ride, unfortunately short because the Greenway is flooded in places and I don't want this in traffic until I sort out all the potential surprises. But on the short ride it worked like a charm!
    Pics of your bike with you on it would be nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    Drawbacks of a recumbent?
    I was wondering about that myself. Some people are concerned that a recumbent will look strange;but, riding that thing... I don't see looking strange as being a big concern.

    Looks good, I will be interestd in hearing about the long term report, and how it really reacts to wind and traffic buffeting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert C View Post
    I was wondering about that myself. Some people are concerned that a recumbent will look strange;but, riding that thing... I don't see looking strange as being a big concern.

    Looks good, I will be interestd in hearing about the long term report, and how it really reacts to wind and traffic buffeting.
    No offense intended to bent fans, just the standard complaints: in tight maneuvering, balance, large turning radius, visibility of the road, up-hills, harder starting, riding on rougher ground. And price is a factor. I want one, but for now I like to preserve the handling of a road bike.

    I don't honestly know how this handles in serious wind, but it's 3rd or 4th iteration in spite of how it looks. I've not had an issue previously - but it may take some modifications on this one. I won't know until there's a stiff wind here.

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    Just noticed that you are in Jaw-juh. Seems like a lot of bother for such mild winters - I rode to work almost every day - unfaired - when I lived in Hot 'Lanta.
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    I bet you've seen the World's Fastest Indian, haven't you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    Just noticed that you are in Jaw-juh. Seems like a lot of bother for such mild winters - I rode to work almost every day - unfaired - when I lived in Hot 'Lanta.
    That may be, but it's raining ice today!

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    Quote Originally Posted by seeker333 View Post
    op. u need a recumbent
    Gotta love those educated, well-reasoned arguments in favor of the status quo...
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    Quote Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
    That may be, but it's raining ice today!
    Moved back to Indiana 25+ years ago and seem to have forgotten that it didn't snow much but there were ice events.
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    This is really neat. How do you find aerodynamics with this thing or is it purely for the elements? What materials did you use, if you don't mind sharing that info?

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    Quote Originally Posted by seafood View Post
    This is really neat. How do you find aerodynamics with this thing or is it purely for the elements? What materials did you use, if you don't mind sharing that info?
    Thank you. There's no secrecy about it; I use corrugated plastic sheets stitched together with plastic cable ties. The black front cone is fiberglass, my first experience with it which explains the rough look. I have one aluminum strip over the top tube and extending over the head tube for bracing up the front - other mounting points are simply tube rubber and velcro.

    For the aerodynamics I coast down a hill un-powered, recording my speed along the way. Doing that both with and without the fairing I can get a comparison of the aerodynamic drag.

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    How much does that weigh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoFourOne View Post
    How much does that weigh?
    About 10 or 11 pounds.

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    So .... is it FUN go ride?

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