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Streamer fairing

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by davidwalton, 9 Mar 2008.

  1. davidwalton

    davidwalton New Member

  2. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    South London
    I'm tempted to put one on my Hurricane, then I think of the hills I have.
  3. davidwalton

    davidwalton New Member

    I didn't find it much different going uphill with it on. I did find that any head wind was far easier though, so in theory head wind going uphill should be a little easier as well. The fairing does not weigh that much, around 2K (including all fittings).

    BTW- Also working on some brackets so light fittings can be placed either side of the fairing. Could possibly mount a mirror as well.
  4. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    York, UK
    And I guess if you got a tail wind up hill, you'd be laughing! :evil:
  5. davidwalton

    davidwalton New Member

    Won't be complaining about the wind as much then, no:thumbsup:
  6. Andy in Sig

    Andy in Sig Vice President in Exile

    I've often thought that it would be great to fit a little telescopic mast to my Street Machine and then when there is a tailwind, put it up and run up a little sail.
  7. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    York, UK
    If you could automate the whole process to happen at the touch of a button, that would be very impressive! Mast up, sail unfurls, *snap* catches wind, off you accelerate!

    Saw a pic in Velo Vision a while back, of a couple who had fitted a sail to their tandem trike, said it helped quite a lot!
  8. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Are you lot talking about bikes or the work of the devil?:biggrin:
  9. davidwalton

    davidwalton New Member

    Recumbents, the Devil (DF bikes) don't come in to it :sad:
  10. byegad

    byegad Guru

    NE England
    I've been using a Streamer fairing for over a year. My average speeds on windy days are higher using it than without. It also keeps my feet and legs warm.
  11. CopperBrompton

    CopperBrompton Formerly Trikeman

    Yes, it's great for warmth on cold days. And tailwinds are great. :-)
  12. Kerher

    Kerher New Member

    Question... so if my standard speed is about 20 mph what kind of increase can I expect? About 5 mph maybe?

    I am considering getting this fairing, but also want to play with a tail sock. Thought that I might try and make one out of corrugated paper or plastic (Card board box like material.) does a tail make a big difference?
  13. byegad

    byegad Guru

    NE England
    Well my standard speed is no where near 20mph. However down a hill on one of my regular runs I see around 35 mph with the fairing and just 30 without.

    The thing is, the faster you are the greater the gain.

    Tail fairings are supposed to give a greater gain in speed than a front fairing so If you are looking for speed and can only fit one fit the rear.
  14. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    I don't have a recumbent (yet) but when I saw these fairings I knew it would be beneficial into a head wind but my worry would be that you would get too hot and sweaty on normal days?
  15. Cunobelin

    Cunobelin Legendary Member

    Sorry - already be done!