Introducing Upper Wheel Fairings for Bicycles
Surprisingly Simple. Surprisingly Effective.
We want to thank all who visited our booth during this year's Sea Otter Classic 2013 where our new upper wheel fairings were on display for the first time. And we are especially grateful to those who test rode our demonstration bicycles. Riders experienced the dramatic reduction in drag provided by our new upper wheel fairings. We received only positive comments from riders. Nearly everyone wanted to know when our product would be available. In the coming months we will be busy refining the product prototypes on display at Sea Otter. We expect to release our product later this year.
Our upper wheel fairings shield the most sensitive drag-inducing surfaces on a wheeled vehicle from headwinds, and thereby provide significantly improved performance. Riders reported speed gains around 10 percent. In fact, a 10 percent top speed gain was recorded in side-by-side downhill coast tests on the Sea Otter track. And the gains in efficiency provided by the fairings only increase in the presence of headwinds. With upper wheel fairings installed, riders report dramatic improvement in penetrating headwinds. One can readily feel the difference, as headwinds really slow a vehicle having exposed upper wheel surfaces.
A professional rider at Sea Otter who was also concerned about rider safety reported enhanced stability in the presence of crosswinds. While he noticed crosswind forces on his body, he felt no corresponding sideways increases on the bicycle. While enhanced stability was not our primary goal in the development of this innovation, it is readily explainable: upper wheel fairings actually enhance the effective traction of the vehicle. Any additional susceptibility to crosswind forces by the addition of the upper wheel fairings is offset by enhanced tire traction.
We are excited to bring this innovation to the bicycling community, and hope that many will enjoy the benefits of our upper wheel fairings in the near future.