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Old 10-24-12, 08:34 AM
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Winter Riders with Fairings: what do you have, would you post pictures?

I am thinking about adding a small fairing to my SWB (Sacrificial Winter Bicycle) to keep my hands warmer. I am interested in what people are really using and I'd like to see pictures if you would not mind posting.

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What is a faring?

I like these: http://barmitts.com/
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Like Zzipper fairings? See http://www.zzipper.com/

used one, in pre digital camera era Its still around here in storage, somewhere.
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I am getting a GTX WindWrap on my SWB recumbent very soon. I'll let you know how it works out. I think, at the very least, it will keep my toes a little warmer.
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If you commute or otherwise ride in the dark, consider if your lighting is in front of or behind the fairing and do you need to see through the fairing in order to see the road. I ultimately removed mine after a couple seasons due to a preference to see what was passing under the front wheel compared to the occasional shielding from a headwind. If lighting is near the fairing, think about if the fairing will melt from the heat of the lights. If lighting is inside the fairing, think about glare and reflections as I wound up making a lighting shield within the fairing to block the glare.
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LOL...very creative and economic hahahaha

I"ve never had one of those but I have a friend that uses one he likes it.
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I've wondered recently if motorcycle hand shields/guards could be mounted on MTB handlebars for cool weather wind protection.
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Originally Posted by jrickards View Post
I've wondered recently if motorcycle hand shields/guards could be mounted on MTB handlebars for cool weather wind protection.
Pogies FTW, of which Moose Mitts is a particular brand.
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Expected 'Hotbike' to have shown the use of a recycled Mac desk top case as a fairing by now..

I've wondered recently if motorcycle hand shields/guards could be mounted on MTB handlebars for cool weather wind protection.
They are Fiberglass, so rather heavy, with you, as the motor.

Zzipper has a MTB version.. much lighter weight..

I had their 'Thriller' on my bike for a few years,
but that was many years ago.

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I bought a pair of BreezeBlockers Tornados. I have yet to install them, however, so no review and no pictures. They were pricey, but my hands were really cold on those sub-25F days and it seemed worth it.
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Originally Posted by Wilbur Bud View Post
I ultimately removed mine after a couple seasons due to a preference to see what was passing under the front wheel compared to the occasional shielding from a headwind.
Thank you for this comment. You've changed my thinking.

Do you use "bar mitts" now?
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A local recumbent rider around here just makes them out of 2 1/2 gal. plastic milk bottles.
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Originally Posted by FietsDontFailMe View Post
Do you use "bar mitts" now?
Nope. haven't found a pair that works conveniently on USS, and really, cold hands don't happen to me very often. I have a clothing chart developed over they years, with checkpoints every 5 degrees F, and so I know I'm going to be close to being just right at this point. I change from single glove to double glove between 30-35 degrees F, and I find that's plenty even during the occasional sub-zero days we experience here in central Indiana in January or February. Inner glove is a real glove (not a glove liner) and its permeable, and outer glove is your regular winter ski glove or similar.

The discomfort that took me the longest time to solve, and this might be one where a fairing would accomplish the same thing (at least on a bent), was frostbitcrotch syndrome, where I'd be riding along 30-45 minutes into my commute and have a long red light where perspiration could soak through, and then conductive cooling for the final 20-30 minutes and could be horrendously painful during the hot shower at work while things warmed up. So, instead of a fairing I bought a $20 pair of ski bibs and had the local alterations shop cut them off above the knee. I'm sure they laughed their asses off, I put those on now anything it's 15 degrees F or colder and it's perfect.
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