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Cold Weather Bike Wind Deflector Answered

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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Huntster

10 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.

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LinuxH4x0r

10 years ago

I used to live in Minnesota - Imagine biking in that!

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zachninme

10 years ago

How cold does it get in Florida? I'm still wearing T-shirts/shorts up here...

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trebuchet03zachninme

Reply 10 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

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zachninmetrebuchet03

Reply 10 years ago

Oh wow -- I didn't think it got that cold...I figured the low would be around 45ish...

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trebuchet03zachninme

Reply 10 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 :/

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Weissensteinburg

10 years ago

Is that a picture of you? ...he looks awfully familiar

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trebuchet03Weissensteinburg

Reply 10 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.

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zachninmeKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

That guy creeps me out...
Like... really creeped out...

Although they do look alike -- abit...

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CameronSS

10 years ago

You could try the method I used to attach an old scuff-drive motor to a spare bike--A bracket that had a former life as a reflector holder attached between the head tube and the front fork to hold the motor still, and another bracket made from a thicker plate between the head tube and handlebars to provide support. With the windshield, you could also send a support rod p from the front axle, or use hose clamps to fasten it to the handlebars. The latter would probably work a lot better, I'm just brainstorming here. Instructable! Instructable!

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NachoMahma

10 years ago

. Oh yeah! The big washers with a small hole (to support the cardboard) are called fender washers.

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NachoMahma

10 years ago

. Doesn't really help with your project, but when I lived in N Illinois, I would occasionally ride my motorcycle to work in the middle of January. Even with fairing and windshield, a cold experience. I found that a "slicker suit" (rain coat and rain pants combo) does WONDERS to keep the wind off. Never did find any gloves that would keep my hands warm.

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NachoMahma

10 years ago

. You might be able to use plumbers strap (metal band ~3/4" wide with holes every inch or so; should be able to find in any hardware store; used to hang HVAC ducts, also), with nuts/bolts/washers, to attach the fairing. Fold the strap around the frame a put the bolt through a one end of the strap, the cardboard, and the the other end of the strap. Use washers as needed (large ones between the strap and cardboard might help support the cardboard). Put some type of "rubber" between the strap and the frame to keep from scratching the paint.

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trebuchet03NachoMahma

Reply 10 years ago

Oh that's perfect! Now I just need to work on the second iteration :p