||01-08-14 10:34 AM
Originally Posted by jrickards
I don't care if anyone "steals" the idea from me and runs with it but here are my thoughts.
- designed like a front wind fairing but just around the handlebars, nothing bigger
- doesn't completely enclose hands like pogies
- not sure how to attach to handle bar, wondering if design of handlebar bag "hooks" might work
- playing with the idea of using 2 plastic litre/quart pop/soda bottles as a start
- tossing around the name: handle bar + bra = HandleBrar
Coincidentally I just made something like that for this cold snap, since none of my gloves are up to the task below 20°. It stretches across the entire front of the bars, and is as deep as the bottom of my drop bars. A couple of inches taller than the bar tops, just to block a little wind. There is one inch clearance to the left and right of the drops. So that incarnation is pretty large - I think with a straight bar you could make one half the size.
I did it crudely and quickly since it's only for a few days. It's just a rectangular piece of coroplast curved in the front and then bent back at the sides of the bars. I put a coroplast bottom on it for rigidity, all the way back to the head tube. On top, just a piece of clear vinyl gorilla taped to the top. The mounting is simple: just a short wooden strut lashed on top of the stem and ziptied to the box top front center. Near the end of the bar hooks are strapped to the bottom. A nylon strap hangs from the strut down to the bottom panel, just in front of the handlebar. That's mainly because there's enough room to shove my bundle of clothes in, and I didn't want it sagging down into the brakes or wheel. It took maybe an hour and a half to slap together.
The good news is that the enclosed box does wonders for keeping your hands warm, no complaints on that score. It's bulky and goofy looking though. The aerodynamics is questionable. Your idea of a cylindrical section in front of your flat bars probably works, maybe better, but I suspect that it will turn out larger than you envision. To accommodate your brake levers and mounting structure. Bear in mind also that to keep your hands warm it's important to also keep the wrists sheltered, and your design will likely take that into account.