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Ride Your Bike Faster or With Less Effort Using a Partial Fa

Postby Aushiker » Fri Apr 05, 2013 1:05 am

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I thought this might be amusing ... cannot imagine to many roadies going down this path but :)

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Postby wurtulla wabbit » Fri Apr 05, 2013 1:21 am

Ride faster with a beard ? Really ?

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Postby just4tehhalibut » Fri Apr 05, 2013 2:18 am

I have a couple of Windwrap XT fairings, one for my Bacchetta recumbent and the other spare. Maybe this could go on my road bike? Hmm.

I seem to recall something from the 80's that fairings were banned from use on bicycles in WA, any idea if this is the case now?

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Postby blkmcs » Fri Apr 05, 2013 10:22 am

just4tehhalibut wrote:I have a couple of Windwrap XT fairings, one for my Bacchetta recumbent and the other spare. Maybe this could go on my road bike? Hmm.

I seem to recall something from the 80's that fairings were banned from use on bicycles in WA, any idea if this is the case now?


I can recall the Zzipper-T fairings from the 1980s, they were heavily promoted in Bicycling magazine, had on-line ordering been available in those days I may well have bought one.
I do know that there was at least one in use in Perth on a road bike at that time but can't remember who had it, he may have been involved with Avocet Cycles or the Cyclists Action Group.

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Postby rkelsen » Fri Apr 05, 2013 10:38 am

April Fool's day was Monday. Kinda late for this sort of thing now...

All you need to do is add two more wheels, a bit more "fairing" and a motor and that thing would really fly!

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Postby BastardSheep » Fri Apr 05, 2013 10:41 am

wurtulla wabbit wrote:Ride faster with a beard ? Really ?


It worked for me. In my many attempts to get back in to cycling, my current one has me riding much faster and further than any of the others, and this ones being done with a beard.

... it's also being done 4+ months cigarette free, but the huge improvements are definitely the beard. Not the brand new lack of smoking at all. >.>

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Postby foo on patrol » Fri Apr 05, 2013 10:52 am

Hmmm some people really do have to much time on their hands. :lol:

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Postby il padrone » Fri Apr 05, 2013 10:56 am

Zzipper does them for all types of bikes :lol: Yes, they have been on the market since the late 70s/early 80s, so they are at least of some commercial success. I seem to recall someone had one on a bike in Melbourne way back then.

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Postby human909 » Fri Apr 05, 2013 11:10 am

The truth is that they would make more difference to your STRAVA than all the Dura-ace, light wheels, carbon and other bling.

But your cafe cred might drop. :wink:

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Postby WyvernRH » Fri Apr 05, 2013 11:12 am

That's right, zZippers, I remember seeing those in the UK way back in the early 80's. The main problem being you have this big sail attached to the steering system which badly affects the steering in a crosswind. They made one for Moulton that clipped to the front carrier mounts on the frame making it rigid to the frame not the steering and it worked really well. Cost a fortune IRRC but if you can afford a Moulton...
Still had the problem of the fairing catching the side-blast from overtaking semi-trailers tho.. :wink:
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il padrone wrote:Zzipper does them for all types of bikes :lol: Yes, they have been on the market since the late 70s/early 80s, so they are at least of some commercial success. I seem to recall someone had one on a bike in Melbourne way back then.

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Postby Kwaichang » Fri Apr 05, 2013 11:36 am

Aushiker wrote:Image

I thought this might be amusing ... cannot imagine to many roadies going down this path but :)


Backstory at No Tech Magazine.

Andrew



Beardy McBeard senior during his modelling days...

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Postby high_tea » Fri Apr 05, 2013 9:35 pm

wurtulla wabbit wrote:Ride faster with a beard ? Really ?


It seemed to work for Sean Eadie.

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