Streamer fairing

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

  1. davidwalton

    davidwalton New Member

  2. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

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

    Location:
    Salford, UK
    And I guess if you got a tail wind up hill, you'd be laughing! :evil:
     
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    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

    Location:
    Salford, 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

    Location:
    Brighton
    Are you lot talking about bikes or the work of the devil?:biggrin:
     
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    davidwalton

    davidwalton New Member

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

    byegad Guru

    Location:
    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 Bicycle: a means of transport between cake-stops

    Location:
    London
    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

    Location:
    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. ufkacbln

    ufkacbln Guest

    Sorry - already be done!

    Pterosail!
     
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