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Bicycle windshields?

Does anyone have any experience with the cycle windshields you see sometimes? I was reviewing videos on YOUTUBE and noticed a couple of riders with widshields attached. I had a cycle shop saleman tell me they block a headwid and they catch a tail wind. Made it sound like a no lose situation if you installed one but I’m not so sure. Anyone know the pros and cons of widshields?

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“Bicycle Bill”, March 1, 2012 at 4:48 pm

They are generally called ‘fairings’ rather than windshields, and they do have their advantages if running at speed. Most of them are flexible enough that they don’t work well as a sail; otherwise a strong crosswind could theoretically catch them and wrench the handlebars right out of your grip.

In addition, they are not cheap, and a lot of the newer bikes don’t have the access points needed to mount them. For the amount of money and weight involved, I’d recommend installing fenders instead; at least those are more likely to serve a useful purpose.

-“BB”-

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Tony, March 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm

I’ve only seen fairings on lawn chair bikes. The do help aerodynamics slightly. They also increase your profile for crosswinds. Personally I think there a waste of money.

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SFC JKL 2, March 1, 2012 at 10:51 pm

I had a friend who rode a Tour EZ with the windshield and a sock fairing. The thing was soaked with sweat and an excellent mobile sauna. But he thought it was “cool” so he kept using it. Even though it’s a great bike, you couldn’t have paid me to ride that thing.

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Ragbrai Nation, March 4, 2012 at 7:12 am

They are a gimmick. A rather ugly one at that.

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Sandaltan ., March 4, 2012 at 5:13 pm

I have one and don’t use it. It came with the bike. You can get along without it unless you are into setting speed records on flat ground.

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longrider42, March 4, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Yes, there called Fairings, and mostly are used on Recimbent bikes. However a copany called Zzipper, sells fairings for upright bikes too.

http://www.zzipper.com/home.php

But they are not cheap, and not a gimmick either.

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Sandaltan ., March 5, 2012 at 9:05 am

Indeed you can go faster with a fairing. A couple years ago we had a loaner vintage Schwinn Paramount tandem set up for speed, big chain ring the size of a pie plate, Campy components and Phil Wood hubs front and rear. Probably around 1975 vintage bicycle and state of the art at that time. The bike owners had added a bubble fairing that Velcroed to the brake hoods and when both riders got into a tuck behind that fairing the bike was WICKED FAST!! It was way too much bike for us but we kept it for a year and did a few rides and had a little fun with it. Tires were 27 x 1 1/4 and that rear wheel was not easy to remove because of the curious design of the Phil Wood hub as I remember.

Land speed records are set with fairings. Not a gimmick.

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Michrider !!!, March 5, 2012 at 9:09 am

So ST, if I get put a fairing on my 30 pounder, I can set a land speed record, LOL?????

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Sandaltan ., March 5, 2012 at 9:48 am

Michrider:
So ST, if I get put a fairing on my 30 pounder, I can set a land speed record, LOL?????

Personal records are within your grasp. Just set that Bud Light down and don’t let anyone KURB your enthusiasm!!

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Michrider !!!, March 5, 2012 at 10:39 am

Sandaltan: Personal records are within your grasp.Just set that Bud Light down and don’t let anyone KURB your enthusiasm!!

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“Bicycle Bill”, March 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Michrider:
So ST, if I get put a fairing on my 30 pounder, I can set a land speed record, LOL?????

Maybe if you’re going downhill…..

-“BB”-

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Sandaltan ., March 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Down from Grand Bluff maybe Beebs???? That is is hill and half for sure.

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Michrider !!!, March 5, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Sandaltan:
Down from Grand Bluff maybe Beebs???? That is is hill and half for sure.

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What the hell is a grand bluff??????

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ukulelebentrider, March 5, 2012 at 8:54 pm

The thing I have noticed about fairings is, although useful, they cutdown on the windflow that would be used to cool down your body. The effect isn’t a lot, but one of the reasons I enjoy riding is the feel of the wind in my face.

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“Bicycle Bill”, March 5, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Michrider: What the hell is a grand bluff??????

Michrider: What the hell is a grand bluff??????

He’s referring to Bliss Road, which leads to a park approximately 600 feet above the city on top of one of the river bluffs here in La Crosse. The bluff has been named “Grandad Bluff”; the road — which is an extension of Main Street — is a winding, twisty, 7/8-mile run that can definitely test one’s bike handling skills. It was the scene of my worst bike accident in terms of damages to the bike (2nd-worst in terms of bodily injury to myself).

But I can show you a couple of others in the immediate vicinity where you can get a much better (read straighter) run from about the same elevation and can really build up a head of steam on the way down — no fairings needed.

-“BB”-

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