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    Looking for ideas.

    In about 6 weeks I am doing a Charity ride for Prostate Cancer. It is the fun ride at the London leg of the Tour of Britain and I will be doing two laps of the 10km lap that the race will be on.

    http://www.tourride.co.uk/rides/stage_8.asp

    Now they have asked for "Fancy Dress" And I have run a few ideas through my head and rejected most of them. I have an idea and it will take a few weeks to see if I can manufacture it but the idea is

    Do it on the Tandem as a solo rider with me dressed as some wimp of a "Super hero". Then on the Rear seat post have a BIG "C" and a placard saying- "You Don't have to be Superman to put Cancer Behind you"

    This Would be fine- except for Crossswinds. And as this is running alongside the River Thames- that could be a problem.

    Providing I can get the materials- The building would not be a problem and I am thinking of manufacturing it in 6mm ply board and Sensible strenthening. Should weigh somewhere in the region of about 20lbs so weight will not be excessive. Might even be able to get a "Professional" job done on the sign writing so it should look good.

    But I want a choice of ideas before I start building. As an ex Prostate Cancer recoverer- I would like to keep it in line with the sponsorship but

    Any one got anf tips for building- or even a better alternative for the Fancy Dress.?
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    I like that idea. If you do get the sign professionally printed, they may have some ideas on how to mount it. I wouldn't go too big, though, since the crosswinds might blow you over.

    Or maybe you print the message on the cape? Then you wouldn't have to worry about the crosswinds...
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    I like your idea too. If you are good at working with steel or know someone who is you could make the big C out of cold rolled steel and paint it a bright easy to see color. It would not be affected by the wind very much at all. If you you used 1/4" diameter cold rolled it is very easy to work with. You could bend it by hand and weld the ends where you needed them.

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    The hillbilly/cajun boy likes your idea as well.

    If you don't get pictures of you and the tandem and the "Big C", you will, of course, be in deep, deep trouble with your 50+ brethren.

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    Instead of plyboard why not make a frame and then nylon(ripstop) with hole/flaps cut into it for the wind to pass through? You could still paint the nylon(ripstop) with the BIG C.

    I do like the idea you have too. Have fun and I just know there will be pictures posted here afterwards.

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    Good for you, and I like your idea

    I support the suggestion of thin nylon with air/wind holes. Safety has to come first, and you don't want a big inflexible sail shoving you into lamposts or other riders

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    May I borrow a word here? Brilliant! love the idea. just a suggestion. Test ride a few preliminary miles and see how the sign holds up before you do the tour. crosswinds might not matter if the sign is sturdy enough or just small enough to be in your slipstream?

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    You could put on of these onto the rear seatpost hole. The flag should minimize the forces of a cross wind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikegeek57 View Post
    May I borrow a word here? Brilliant! love the idea. just a suggestion. Test ride a few preliminary miles and see how the sign holds up before you do the tour. crosswinds might not matter if the sign is sturdy enough or just small enough to be in your slipstream?
    One of my larger customers is about 8 miles away from home- so I plan on riding down to him to get as much sponsorship as I can once it is ready for the test run

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    You could put on of these onto the rear seatpost hole. The flag should minimize the forces of a cross wind.

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    And Now all I have to do is keep my Eyes open this weekend. It is the Airshow at my local seatown resort and I know there will be a couple of these go missing in the High winds that will be about at night. Or is that High Spirits
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    Make the big C out of a frame w/painted window screen.You'll be able to see it,the wind will go thru it,it will wieght nothing.
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    If you do make it out of plywood you could just drill some large holes for the crosswind to pass through. I'm no builder though, don't know if it would work.
    But, that's a great idea. Looking forward to the pictures.
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    Just to say I too like the idea and looks like your getting some ideas here as how to do it. My mom is a cancer survivor so go for it and enjoy the ride.

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    Well as the Astana T-shirt says "Real Teams wear Pink".

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    Just an update.

    Took the Tandem out last night with one of the Boards I was going to use for the ride. It will be heavy- possibly too heavy and when I caught a sidewind- it was dangerous.

    But some news- I went to see a decal maker that my son-in-law knows and he makes decals for Racing cars. You know the kind- the Sponsors logo's etc. He will do the Sign writing and has some Thin plastic boarding that can be utilised. He came and looked at the tandem and he also looked at a road bike. He has some boarding that is 2'x3' that although would not have the impact on the tandem that I would like- would still be big enough to be seen and carry the message. But if the tandem is going to cause a problem- then it will still look good on a solo.

    Just have to get the framing made and see which bike it will look best on now.
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    I like the flag in the seat tube idea. Economical, lightweight and minimum resistance to crosswinds.

    If I were doing it I think that I'd paint a crab (Zodiac for cancer) rather than a big "C".

    Please post a photo of yourself wearing superhero briefs.

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    Just got the signs from the sign writer. Put it on the Tandem so you can get an idea.

    Only thing is after riding the Tandem earlier in the week- I might be doing it on a solo.
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    Around here fancy dress still puts us into this, uh, stuff. Your example seems much better to me. I thank you for the continued teaching on your young cousins across the ocean. My wife's opinion may vary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gcottay View Post
    Around here fancy dress still puts us into this, uh, stuff. Your example seems much better to me. I thank you for the continued teaching on your young cousins across the ocean. My wife's opinion may vary.
    Thats normal dinner wear for us. But trust you to embelish it with a teenager wearing it.

    And not liking this. The tandem is heavy and with this "Poster" on the back with strengthening- is going to be hell to ride in crosswinds. But I have just mocked up a solo and I don't like the appearance as much. Might try another bike with a normal pannier system to see if it looks better but for effect I am still thinking Tandem.
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    Keep bumping this up to keep you informed.

    I am going to use the OCR3 on the ride. The tandem will be too heavy. The tandem would have been easier to fit the placards onto but the weight of the thing is too much. On top of that- The OCR is the only road bike I have that will take a pannier rack.

    The pic was taken earlier this evening and the placard has been on and off the bike making adjustments all evening. Now have both placards fitted and all I have to do now is make certain it will be firm enough to stay on the bike.

    The fancy dress turns up tomorrow. In case you do not know him-My SuperHero is on the link


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    I'm looking forward to the pictures. Video would also be excellent.
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    Put a large pink teddybear on the stoker's seat . . . and wear a pink jersey.

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    Bike sorted- just ready to get out later and test the viability of riding without getting laughed off the road.

    The suit is light- but a lot of padding on the chest makes it pretty warm so just hope for a dull day. Haven't test ridden yet as a couple of brackets need to be made up to make it secure.

    This link has bike content

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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam View Post
    Bike sorted- just ready to get out later and test the viability of riding without getting laughed off the road.

    The suit is light- but a lot of padding on the chest makes it pretty warm so just hope for a dull day. Haven't test ridden yet as a couple of brackets need to be made up to make it secure.
    Bravo! Looks great!!!

    Perhaps you've unwittingly also provided a prototype for a new 50+ jersey? Just sayin!
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