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Fairings on Road Bikes(27 posts)

Fairings on Road BikesJIM LUKENS
Jun 21, 2001 12:07 PM
I may get slammed for asking this, but here goes. I was wondering if anyone here has experimented with putting a fairing on a road bike. Recumbent riders seem to use them alot. I'm wondering how much benefit you would get from using one on a "regular" bike.
re: Fairings on Road BikesTom C
Jun 21, 2001 12:18 PM
I certainly wouldn't slam you for it. It's a good idea. I remember a popular one in the 80's was the ZZipper(sp?) Frank Berto of the old Bicycling magazine used it and I believe tested it as 2-3 mph faster down a favorite slope he liked to coast down. I entertained the idea myself but never bought one . They were about $100 at that time i.e ca.1985.
re: Fairings on Road Bikesminor threat
Jun 21, 2001 12:26 PM
i think they still make the zzzzipper, at least the company is still around making those recumbent fairings. one thing i'm still waiting to see is for somebody to come out with a skinsuit with shaped foam arms, like they have for ski jumping. think of it, you could sculpt your fore arms , and maybe even your torso into a way aero shape for time trialing on aero bars. i bet it would be worth an easy 2-3 mph at pro speeds, with essentially no weight or handing penalty.
re: Fairings on Road Bikesrollo tommassi
Jun 21, 2001 12:32 PM
i've always understood that the intention of the fairing on a recumbent was more for protection from road debris (rider is lower to the ground) than aerodynamic reasons, but I could be totally wrong.

There would be some sort of aero benefit, whether used on a recumbent or a road bike, but to truly lessen wind resistance frontal area must be reduced.

i've seen all sorts of fairings on various bikes, especially on those 'fly' rigs concocted on the South Side (Chicago), but rarely on road bikes. They are not legal for mass start events or TT's, and therefore not a highly sought commodity in the roadie world.

On the other hand, it would be one more place to put a lot of advertising, so maybe the UCI is totally missing out? ;)
re: Fairings on Road BikesAlexR
Jun 21, 2001 1:05 PM
There's a guy who rides up and down the Green Bay trail who has built something like a shack on 2 wheels. It's a wooden structure with plexiglass that encloses most of his body above the elbows. It looks like a little wooden house with windows (complete with mullions)on all sides. I think it's attached at all four pannier eyelets. The guy looks out the window in front when he's riding.

Best part, painted on the side of the thing - "AERO BIKE".

anyone who uses the word 'mullions' in a post must...rollo tommassi
Jun 21, 2001 6:00 PM
be totally cool ;)

Gee, I'm sorry to say that I've never seen this sight - is he only on the trail, or does he ever ride on the roadway? I'm sure I'd die laughing if I ever see him.

There's a guy I've seen way down on 106th and Torrence on a cruiser bike with a motorcycle fairing, lots of sideview mirrors, streamers, and a big crusty boombox. Looks like a reject from Mod Kid casting for "Quadrophenia". I always wave.
Interesting...Len J
Jun 21, 2001 1:05 PM
We have many Recumbents in our area & the one's who have fairings have them for one of two reasons:

1.)Cold weather riding. They put the fairing on only during the Winter, it allows them to get more miles in without the biting cold, and/or
2.)Streamline riding into the wind. We have lot's of wind coming off the water, fairings move thru the air more effeciently. However in hot weather, riding with a fairing can be too hot.
aye carumba! =OR= a bike to match my car! (check this one out)Haiku d'état
Jun 21, 2001 1:29 PM
Looks like a Lightspeed!! (Just kidding)LOL (nm)Len J
Jun 21, 2001 1:38 PM
You mean Shitespeed- nmnm
Jun 21, 2001 2:48 PM
Shite is RIGHT!boy nigel
Jun 21, 2001 3:42 PM
Still, I'd enjoy taking that thing for a spin, just to see how that ridiculous fork handles.


Jun 21, 2001 2:40 PM
I bet that thing doesn't handle worth a hoot.

Is that a C or S equipped machine?

My special machine
is painted really pretty
with a pyramid.

D'oh. Can't stop.
a few more haikus of questionable taste...don't get me started!Haiku d'état
Jun 21, 2001 3:01 PM
gold flake handlebars
purple seat, and two mirrors
fly two wheeler, man

knockin' suckas down
from my gold trimmed pimp mobile
cycle-by shootin'

got a seat for two
if i'm joined by my lady
no room for the crown

peeps hollin' bout it
step it up, or lose the ride
cadence thirty two

where can i get those
wheel driven disco lights for
weekend night group rides?

when they see my bike
rollin' up on the line, folks
know i'm a playa

my tires got kevlar
it's for puncture resistance?
no, bullet proofing!

don't draft me sucka
pacelines got no place round here
i'll pull...out my glock!

darn, my bike is crunk
evergreen air freshener
where can i hang it
Jeffreyh, you are a true artist, keep it coming LOL nmseth1
Jun 22, 2001 6:36 AM
i'd like to thank the academy,...hey! has anybody seen BRECK? nmHaiku d'état
Jun 22, 2001 7:13 AM
ps: did you notice the up-ended road bars with BAR ENDS?Haiku d'état
Jun 19, 2001 6:03 PM
The pedals hit the ground! It's completely unridable! (NM)speedchump
Jun 22, 2001 10:21 AM
photo-illusion; it's leaning on column...and another HAIKU...Haiku d'état
Jun 22, 2001 11:49 AM
...or two...

my two wheeler is
a bad motha...shut yo mouth!
shaft? no, chain-driven.

can't pedal my bike
low bottom bracket, long cranks
darn if it ain't crunk

i'll spare you the other 8 i just wrote.
This is too fun.Lazy
Jun 22, 2001 12:03 PM
Big banana seat
a rear-view mirror to boot.
Rides like a Caddie.

Barrio bikers
Are all jealous of my ride.
I'm the hoopty king.
yeah, i got your "hoopty king" right here...Haiku d'état
Jun 22, 2001 12:20 PM
my main ghetto sled--
not a seven or a moots,
but this hunk of crap

hassled by 5-0
i'm jes pimpin' my ride, sir
impounded cycle

gold chains, 'fro pick, stacks
paisley, rose-fade lenses, rings
sidis and lycra

schwinn hood ornament
'round my neck. three-finger ring
spells "campagnolo"

my polyester
never felt so good until
chamois underneath

one hundred gold chains
wrapped all around my head tube
thief? pity tha poor fool!
Where can I get one of those rings?Lazy
Jun 22, 2001 12:39 PM
For 25 bucks
I'll customize your new bike.
Now, where's my spray paint?

Recumbants are fun.
Low riders can be fun too.
The best of both worlds.

It was a chopper
I was a real "Harley dude"!
Then I bent my fork.

My jeans are WAY big
I like it when they're saggy.
Seven day shitters.

I went for a ride
On my best jalopy bike.
My shoes won't click in.

My bike ain't complete
If only I had a bell
it would be better.

Got hit by a car,
the driver never saw me.
My bike is too low.
ahem...Haiku d'état
Jun 22, 2001 2:03 PM
check out those tailpipes
green on green, on green, on green
my century bike
Jun 22, 2001 2:07 PM
My legs are too short
My torso is gigantic
My bike is custom.

I need a new bike
Whitewalls, chrome, and big ol' bars
are what I will spec.
Jun 22, 2001 2:09 PM
Over my shoulder
Is where my boss is standing
She don't like green bikes.

looks like a landshark!keith m.
Jun 22, 2001 8:06 AM
at least the paintjob does.
re: Fairings on Road Bikes4bykn
Jun 21, 2001 1:25 PM
Even if there were an aerodynamic advantage, which I'm sure there is, I would be hesitant to recommend one since a side wind of any strength at all would make handling very difficult.
How about a sissy bar instead? (nm)Elefantino
Jun 21, 2001 4:28 PM