Alan B wrote:Thanks for your comments. I was just out pedaling it around the neighborhood. I can see the reduced stability. I'm not in it for speed. 25 mph is probably plenty. I'd like it to climb steep stuff at 20 or so, though.
veloman wrote:A BikeE isn't very aerodynamic, there are many better options. It might be a tad better than a mtb position, but not by much if at all.
but be aware that one of the issues you will have to deal with in a front hub application is finding or making a 36h 16" wheel.
Alan B wrote:veloman wrote:A BikeE isn't very aerodynamic, there are many better options. It might be a tad better than a mtb position, but not by much if at all.
Thanks for your comments.
From what I've read a non-faired recumbent does have a notable edge over a racing bike, and a racing bike has a notable edge over a mountain bike. So I would expect some improvement. Based on frontal area it would seem that the main difference is the legs rotating 90 degrees from about the worst cross section to about the best for the legs and feet.
But you may be right, the difference may be not too large. I would hope it might be 10-20% but who knows. At least it is not likely worse.
I read that a good rider on a recumbent beat four probably better riders in a peleton. So perhaps a recumbent is comparable to the efficiency of a peleton.
On 7 July 1933, at a Paris velodrome, Faure rode a Velocar 45.055 km (27.996 mi) in one hour, beating an almost 20-year-old hour record held by Oscar Egg,
In 2003, Rob English took on and beat the UK 4-man pursuit champions VC St Raphael in a 4000 m challenge race at Reading, beating them by a margin of 4 min 55.5 s to 5 min 6.87 s - and dropping one of the St Raphael riders along the way.
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