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Old 02-02-12, 01:47 PM   #1
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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.



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Old 02-02-12, 05:34 PM   #2
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It's ugly, but if it works....

I'm gonna spend the money on a nice fairing for my 'bent, but I will need to actually be able to see through it on occasion, so I want good optical quality.
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It's ugly, but if it works....

I'm gonna spend the money on a nice fairing for my 'bent, but I will need to actually be able to see through it on occasion, so I want good optical quality.
LOL. Dude, have no intentions of using that rig. Just some fun and a test for efficiency.
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Fairings seem like cheating.

That's not to say I wouldn't ever get one.
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There's also the Coroplast(tm) route. Not as pretty as a blown Lexan fairing, but acceptable. I was able to push the V-Rex pretty fast with this one.

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There's also the Coroplast(tm) route. Not as pretty as a blown Lexan fairing, but acceptable. I was able to push the V-Rex pretty fast with this one.
Got any hills around your place? How 'bout doing an efficiency run and let us know the outcome? BTW, impressive constuction job.
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What? Oh, sorry I wasn't paying attention to the thread. I'm still to impressed that your grandson wanted to ride your Tour Easy.
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He's still at an age where he thinks Grandpa on bike is cool. In a couple of years, he won't even want to stand beside it, and Grandpa will just be crazy.
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