Is a recumbent going to help me fight the headwind ?
I commute to work in very windy area, with 90% of the time getting headwind on my way back from work.
No hills, the occasional bike path overpass, wonderful setting, along the water, greenery, birds chirping all the way, squirrels and the occasional fox crossign the path.
The commuters paradise, if it wasn't for the wind.
The @#$%^&* blows all the time from the west, which means I have it in my face when I go home in the afternoon. It is so bad, that I must do something to fix it, riding home becomes a hassle. I effortlessly average 23 kmh on my way in, and it drops to 14-15 on my way back with twice the effort. All this on a comfort bike with panniers and 1.95 specialized hemisphere tires.
The position on a drop bars bike seems so uncomfortable, I am pretty sure this route is not for me.
I am big fellow, 6'2, 375# going down, I used to throw hammer and shot put in my youth. You see the build.
Coming to my question, is a bent going to help my aerodynamics and make my ride home less pathetic ?
Should I get a fairing to go with it ?
I am planning to drive next weekend to the bicycle man in Alfred, NY to test ride a few bents, maybe I'll come back with something on my rack.
Any other opinions or things I should look for before I shell the cash ?