Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: NE Tx
Bikes: Tour Easy, Linear USS, Lightening Thunderbolt, custom DF, Raleigh hybrid, Felt time trial
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To buy or not to buy. That is the question.
Having nothing better to do on this balmy spring-like day in NE Tx, decided on a fairing efficiency project.
Using builders plastic, a coat hanger, and cable ties, I quickly slopped together a fairing of sorts for my TE.
Enlisting the assistance of my grandson, we set him to coasting down a 6% hill nearby.
Results: max speed with fairing, 25.5, without 24. Coast difference, 72 feet.
I'm guessing at least a 20% efficiency gain over my mess with one of those $400 custom jobs. Multiply that by 100 hills/1000 miles and maybe, just maybe, some tailwinds, plus the 1 mph flat ground/headwind gains. I'll let you do the math. Please.
The bicycle is one of the great inventions of mankind. Delights children, challenges young men to feats of daring, and turns old men into boys again.--Me
Last edited by Cyclebum; 02-02-12 at 08:11 PM.