Re: Getting Aero - Speed Gains
Here's a pic of a bike called a Varna Mephisto. Its one of the winningest fully faired bikes for top speed runs & the hour record attempts. The rider in the pic is Sam Whittingham who has pedaled this bike to over 80 mph on numerous occasions.
Definitely not built for comfort, but very aero & refined.
The faired bikes I've owned were more comfortable road going machines, but no where near as aero as the Varna. My Lightning F40 had a fabric (spandex) body that I wasn't happy with. It flapped in the breeze & was ugly. I replaced the sides & bottom with coroplast for a stiffer more laminar air flow. The bike started out as an unfaired Lightning P38 which I rode everywhere before upgrading to the F40 pkg. which I also rode everywhere, just faster & further. The aero benefits were very real and IMHO worth the effort & $$$. I think the goal for an aero commuter vehicle must be balanced. A compromise between aerodynamics, weather protection & versatility (getting in & out has to be easy). A hinged tilt forward fairing would be cool.