May 10

May 10, 2005

LCD monitor and video camera installed

This seems to work OK - but it's obvious that it is only really applicable for a track or some other controlled environment. NO, I am not planning on taking this bike across Canada. Starting from a standstill and viewing ONLY through the monitor might present some difficulties also, as there does not seem to be enough picture area to get a good feel for balancing. I think some small windows to the right and left would help balancing and also serve as an emergency backup in case something went goes wrong with the camera.

The styrofoam fairing plug is being computer cut by Shirley at FoamWorks. They use a hot wire and rotating table rather than a CNC router which reduces the cost by quite a bit. Since the fairing is symmetrical, I only have to make a plug for one half. I am planning on having Shane from Innovative Wings produce a female mold from the plug and I'll use the mold to pull carbon fairings from.

Before giving Shirley from FoamWorks the go-ahead, I needed to double check the fairing size and measurement for proper foot and body clearance. What I did was get Ben to send me some .dxf profiles from some key areas down the fairing. I printed those profiles out at full size, and used the prints as a template to cut put styrofoam shapes. I taped these shapes together and fastened them to the frame and climbed in, clipped in and rotated the peddles.

Since I moved the entire frame forward a bit to allow for the reclined position, my feet tips clipped the fairing edge. Luckily, I had my long 170 cranks on, so I switched to my 155's and had to move the bottom bracket back an inch which seemed to solve the problem. I am a bit nervous though because there isn't even an 1/8th of an inch clearance between my feet and the fairing....

I also fixed a couple of chain problems and added a rear brake and handle bar shifter:

Next on the to do list is some more riding on this contraption once the weather clears up - it's been snowing all day today. I'm pushing ahead with the fairing plug and female mold. When they are done, I'll get my first fairing shells pulled and I will be able to test the actual fairing on this wooden beast just to make sure everything is perfect before committing to the carbon frame.

In the mean-time, I am going to start sourcing the components I plan to use on the final carbon bike.

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