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What's wrong with a Kingcycle with all the fairings and a bit of padding on the seat? 

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In general, bikes with a more cylindrical shape behave better in side winds, and are more aero. Obvious really. I think the reverse bulb keel is unlikely to handle well. It will be more stable, but you may have to fight it. Any extra devices are more likely to add to problems, though a lift dumper under the bike might work.
A surprisingly important part of handling is the relation between CP and trail. If it is fairly forward, and you have considerable trail, the bike will castor with the wind and get blown around. I had to moderate the trail on Oscar. With less the steering was very light, but the bike was only gently pushed away from the wind, and naturally corrected itself. This makes sense with the work Matt Weaver did. Next version (if I ever build it) will have the front wheel a bit further forward and should be able to cope with a bit more trail. 
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I think Glen Thompson was proposing the conforming tail on one of the later Bluebell variant. Could work, but assumes wing shape rather than torpedo.
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I rode 50,000 miles on the Wasp, in all weathers, and side wind was just was not an issue on a bike that low. Truck suck was though, in London on the South Circular where the lorries would pass at speed and very close while waiting to turn in to Dulwich Park and I used an exaggerated amount of lean while waiting to turn. I weigh nothing of course and traction with FWD was a bigger issue for me than side winds.

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Originally posted by JDub JDub wrote:

In general, bikes with a more cylindrical shape behave better in side winds, and are more aero. Obvious really. I think the reverse bulb keel is unlikely to handle well. It will be more stable, but you may have to fight it. Any extra devices are more likely to add to problems, though a lift dumper under the bike might work.
A surprisingly important part of handling is the relation between CP and trail. If it is fairly forward, and you have considerable trail, the bike will castor with the wind and get blown around. I had to moderate the trail on Oscar. With less the steering was very light, but the bike was only gently pushed away from the wind, and naturally corrected itself. This makes sense with the work Matt Weaver did. Next version (if I ever build it) will have the front wheel a bit further forward and should be able to cope with a bit more trail. 

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Where I find about that 'work' Matt Weaver did or pictures of your HPV?
I simply don't follow how 'trail' can affect wind steer on 'streamlined' HPV. Was the wheel open or covered? How much trail was before and after? Was trail reduced by steepening the steering angle or increasing offset?
May it be that it was not due to forward CP, but forward CG and hence more due to camber torque (steer into lean force) that indeed grows proportionally with trail?


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Really? You should find some pics of Matt Weaver's machines on recumbents.com
A fairly forward CoP was his discovery. The bike corrects itself. Does not matter how you achieve the trail balance. Except for extreme shallow the head angle is irrelevant. I don't know what camber torque is. Nothing to do with CoM, (not G). My bike is on protobikes.org.uk. Circuit racer.




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Originally posted by JDub JDub wrote:

Really? You should find some pics of Matt Weaver's machines on recumbents.com
A fairly forward CoP was his discovery. The bike corrects itself. Does not matter how you achieve the trail balance. Except for extreme shallow the head angle is irrelevant. I don't know what camber torque is. Nothing to do with CoM, (not G). My bike is on protobikes.org.uk. Circuit racer.


I've seen Matt Weaver's machines of course, it just relation of trail to wind steer I am not familliar of. I am familliar with CoP in front of CoM not being good and I've recall reading that some designers actually extended their fairing 'tail' to shift CoP back a bit.

I am also familliar that bikes with full disk wheels and negative offset actually behave better in windy conditions as compared to bikes with positive offset, because with negative offset you have a sort of 'positive aerodynamic trail' effect where wind resistance on a disk wheel actually adds to trail 'return-to-center' force.

I've tried full disk with a monocote film on this bike (similar to rear wheel):

It did just fine in windy conditions (though required leaning into the wind, of course), but disk wheels are good with narrow tires, and our roads (and my weight) do not agree with them, even with suspension.
But unless you have steering close to 90 deg and even above, negative offset imply lots of trail, hence your statement conflict with my experience.

This is Oscar you are talking about, I presume?

https://protobikes.org/my-bikes/

You front wheel is hardly covered so would interact with the wind, but would interact with wind off the fairing as well, that greatly complicates things... so, where can I find that 'trail vs CoP location on the fairing" bit explained in particular? I'd really like to understand it better.

As for camber torque - if you ever rode a 'conventional' fat bike with low pressure on solid cambered surfaces you'll surely know :).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camber_thrust

The net camber thrust is usually in front of the center of the wheel and so generates a camber torquetwisting torque, or twisting momentThe orientation of this torque is such that it tends to steer a tire towards the direction that it is leaned. An alternate explanation for this torque is that the two sides of the contact patch are at different radii from the axle and so would travel forward at different rates unless constrained by friction with the pavement.

My (FS MBB pictured) bike has 60mm of trail and heavily loaded slick wheel, hence a ton of traction and I also experience it a bit on roads where asphalt was 'rutted' by combination of heat and heavy traffic.
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P.S.
I really like your bikes, especially HPB - very creative!

Concentric front cranks solve a lot of problems with crank height, wheelbase and weight distribution.
One Russian inventor actually went for a 'sort of' centerless front wheel instead of hub steering for that (They are not MBB like Kervelo):

https://imgsrc.ru/totmih/47916804.html

FWD version:
https://imgsrc.ru/totmih/a1117410.html

In theory you can make a lowracer like your HPB out of it, but with much less limited steering lock - but you lose 'no head tube' benefit, of course.
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Hmm, when it comes to truck suck in particular, it is possible to make entirely passive system - add lift-generating wings (may be relatively stubby) to the sides, with large lift to drag coefficient to prevent them from adding too much drag.

Truck suck is due to Venturi effect of air speed getting greater as it is forced into a relatively small opening between you and overtaking vehicle, accelerated and the side facing the truck getting a drop in relative pressure compared to freestream velocity due to Bernulli principle.
So we get 'sucked' towards the truck and hence develop a roll moment into the truck depending on your CP height (and steering moment depending on location of CP along the wheelbase).

Now, since the wing in Venturi effect will also develop more lift compared to wing in freestream, it should provide a counter-roll moment, and if you balance wing lift with lateral area, the arrangement might cancel this effect out completely (though this is highly unlikely).
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