Cold Weather Bike Wind Deflector

So I've taken an indirect pledge not to commute to school VIA car - by not buying a parking decal... Since school started, I've commuted, by bike, nearly 400 miles. But now it's starting to get cooler. I really don't like riding in cold weather. I typically wake up cold, get ready (still feeling cold) and getting on a bike when it's cold out is pretty uncomfortable.... So, for my next ugly bike abomination accessory.... My first wind deflector fairing prototype. I made a model in SketchUp (this was my "learn to use SketchUp" project), then from that make a development drawing (3D shape to 2D cutout) and cut that out of some scrap cardboard (I've got quite a bit that I rescued). Yes, there are flaws in this design - it's my first attempt :p As of now, I need to figure out how to mount this thing. I currently have some surplus 1/4" threaded rod at my disposal, I'm going to grab some and see where it takes me :p Comments?

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Huntster9 years ago
Oh wow! I live in Michigan and I bicycled to work all Winter long wearing a thick jacket with a pull-over windbreaker with a mouth-wrap and thick gloves. I went about 5 mils to work one way and 5 miles back home. Somedays it was 0 degrees out! With wind! Yeah! Sucked! Anyway I am currently designing a new flairing wind deflecting design that incorporates a small windshield with an overhead convertible canopy system. I will keep in touch as my design progresses along. I want to call it "The Bubble-bike" -all-weather containment design.
LinuxH4x0r9 years ago
I used to live in Minnesota - Imagine biking in that!
zachninme9 years ago
How cold does it get in Florida? I'm still wearing T-shirts/shorts up here...
trebuchet03 (author)  zachninme9 years ago
It's going to be between 35-50 when I ride soon. Sure, it's not 10F or less, but that doesn't change that it's no fun to ride in :p
Oh wow -- I didn't think it got that cold...I figured the low would be around 45ish...
trebuchet03 (author)  zachninme9 years ago
It's because I'm inland ;) But, I guess to be fair -- the average low is in the 50's, but an average of 50 doesn't change the fact that I'll have to commute in colder spurts weather :p It also doesn't help that some commutes are before the sun is high :/
Is that a picture of you? ...he looks awfully familiar
trebuchet03 (author)  Weissensteinburg9 years ago
Yep :p Perhaps the chops :p It's "beardtober" - a tradition my friends have that involves not shaving for the month of October.
You don't look like I imagined you =]
Bre Petis' evil twin... LOL
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