Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Souped up recumbent bikes at NASA Ames: The Annual Human Powered Vehicle Challenge

Yay recumbents! Some cool fairings to help with efficiency, as well as efficient modifications to three wheelers to improve their turning ability without tipping over.

Cool pics.
Details from the article: "Of course, these weren't typical bikes, rather fast-moving recumbent racers, with sleek designs that can hit 60 mph thanks to nifty hacks like modded wheelbases and tilted windshields. Missing, though, were high tech latches: Most riders are sealed into their vehicles with duct tape.
This year, 26 teams of college engineering students gathered from around the country for the April 14 event, sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The goal? Time trials and a Grand-Prix-style race with a take-home prize of $500. "

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