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killgore

USA
3 Posts

Posted - 12/13/2011 :  06:01:16  Show Profile
So a few of my friends from high school are going to attempt to beat the current land speed record. Without giving out too many details we have settled on a trike with a full fibreglass body (edit fairing), 26 - 29 inch rear 700 cc tires, and only foot pedals. Aerodynamics is going to be a huge factor to try to get us a high school team to have the fastest human powered craft considering how fast the record is standing at. Any help for us young builders?

Edited by - killgore on 12/13/2011 06:44:52

D Schroeder

USA
5 Posts

Posted - 12/13/2011 :  20:13:00  Show Profile
Welcome to this crazy world of Human Power addiction.

Exceeding the current Junior world record is an achievable undertaking but it will take a lot of study and a concentrated team effort.

My first suggestion would be to research and review the history of vehicle development and design ideas archived in the publications on this site.

Second, utilize the resources found at Recumbents.com , particulary the WISIL and MARS sites under the communities tab and the information under the design/techinical tab. On the same site, follow the Technical, ASME, Battle Mountain and other forums where ongoing discussions about vehicle design and equipment are constantly being discussed.

Third, find one or more seasoned builders to act as mentors and as springboards where you can bounce your ideas for feedback. You'll find the hpv community is a great resource of people who want you to succeed. Many have been in your shoes and have a wealth of experience and knowledge and a willingness to answer questions that may provide insite to your team during the design and construction processes.

Don

Edited by - D Schroeder on 12/13/2011 20:21:05
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D Schroeder

USA
5 Posts

Posted - 12/13/2011 :  20:37:26  Show Profile
Another useful resource:

Sheldonbrown.com (Harris Cyclery) Where Sheldon compliled a wealth of research, information, and how to do it articles. Look for "articles by Sheldon Brown" or a similar tab at the Harris Cyclery online shop.

Don
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killgore

USA
3 Posts

Posted - 12/14/2011 :  06:38:36  Show Profile
Thank you so much, I will check those sites out.
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Rahellpeterson

USA
1 Posts

Posted - 09/07/2012 :  23:34:26  Show Profile
I have read many articles by "Sheldon Brown" and they are really very inspiring for most of the sport persons.

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AviationMetalSmith

USA
7 Posts

Posted - 01/02/2013 :  08:41:03  Show Profile
You will want the link to wisil:

http://www.wisil.recumbents.com

But be advised, Tricycles have their own category. If you can beat a two wheeler with a three wheeler, that will be something...

The current Trike record holder is from Australia, Gareth Hanks is his name. He used a 114 tooth chainring.
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heatingwestlondon

United Kingdom
2 Posts

Posted - 01/08/2013 :  23:39:09  Show Profile  Visit heatingwestlondon's Homepage
Yes, Sheldon Brown is a great cyclist indeed and he is also a contributor in adventure cyclist magazine.
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berry

Aruba
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Posted - 01/18/2013 :  18:51:37  Show Profile  Visit berry's Homepage
Thank you so much


Edited by - Don S on 01/20/2013 07:10:15
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