Faring Survey

edited January 2011 in General Discussions
As some of you might know, we work closely with our local engineering school here in Grand Rapids.
By giving the students projects to work on, they benefit from real world experience that not only helps them, but occasionally
brings products to market that would normally take us years.

This is one of those examples.

Please take a few minutes to answer the questionnaire for these students regarding this years project. A fairing for recumbent trikes.
This does NOT mean we are working on a fairing for our trikes. This is simply a class project we've agreed to help them with.....although you never know :)

Put your responses in a thread post.

Thank You.

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1. What do mostly use your TerraTrike for?
a. Commuting to work
b. Leisure
c. Exercise
d. Other (provide if forum allows)

2. Have you ever considered purchasing a fairing for your bike?
a. Yes
b. No

3. What feature do you most dislike on other fairing designs?
a. Lack of full enclosure of the rider.
b. Difficult or time consuming assembly.
c. Ease of entering/exiting the trike with fairing installed.

4. In what conditions would you use your fairing most?
a. All the time
b. Cold weather
c. Rain/Snow/Inclement Weather
d. Windy Days

5. What factor would you consider the most when purchasing a fairing for your TerraTrike.
a. Rain Protection
b. Cold Weather Protection
c. Aerodynamics
d. Other (provide if possible).

6. How much would you be willing to spend on a fairing for your TerraTrike?
a . Less than $150
b. $150 - $300
c. $300 - $450
d. $450 - 600

If possible, provide area to give additional comments or concerns about a fairing design.
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Jeff "Chonk" Yonker
Marketing Dude @TerraTrike

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take - Wayne Gretsky

Comments

  • <----BEGIN SURVEY
    >

    1. What do mostly use your TerraTrike for? B and C
    a. Commuting to work
    b. Leisure
    c. Exercise
    d. Other (provide if forum allows)

    2. Have you ever considered purchasing a fairing for your bike? I have a fairing for my ICE trike but not the TerraTrike
    a. Yes
    b. No

    3. What feature do you most dislike on other fairing designs? A
    a. Lack of full enclosure of the rider.
    b. Difficult or time consuming assembly.
    c. Ease of entering/exiting the trike with fairing installed.

    4. In what conditions would you use your fairing most? C
    a. All the time
    b. Cold weather
    c. Rain/Snow/Inclement Weather
    d. Windy Days

    5. What factor would you consider the most when purchasing a fairing for your TerraTrike. A
    a. Rain Protection
    b. Cold Weather Protection
    c. Aerodynamics
    d. Other (provide if possible).

    6. How much would you be willing to spend on a fairing for your TerraTrike? D
    a . Less than $150
    b. $150 - $300
    c. $300 - $450
    d. $450 - 600

    I would definitely be interested in a fairing (velo shell) similar to the Borealis.
  • 1. What do mostly use your TerraTrike for?
    b. Leisure
    c. Exercise

    2. Have you ever considered purchasing a fairing for your bike?
    a. Yes

    3. What feature do you most dislike on other fairing designs?
    b. Difficult or time consuming assembly.

    4. In what conditions would you use your fairing most?
    a. All the time

    5. What factor would you consider the most when purchasing a fairing for your TerraTrike.
    c. Aerodynamics
    d. How quite it is

    6. How much would you be willing to spend on a fairing for your TerraTrike?
    c. $300 - $450
  • I am building a fairings my self as the ones out there just does not suit me, don't like the look of most, I want something that looks great and has the wow factor. I don't know if there is a market for such a fairings as mine, don't really care , just building it for a hobby. I designed and build trike bodies for trinitytrike.com , it's called the Excalibur body, got orders for 4 more to build, so we will see how the bent trike bodies will do. wayne
  • I have considered a fairing for my trike, but have not purchased one yet. I would like to see a fairing that covers the front and sides of a rider leaving the back open for ventilation. It would need to leave the front of the trike open for ingress/egress for us fat old guys. a smooth stylish shape would be nice, and cost should be kept as low as possible without sacrificing quality. Thanks
  • Here is one a gentleman emailed me.


    Jeff,

    I tried the TT fairing survey and could find no "guest" classification
    for submittal.
    There was NO question "Do you presently have or previously had a fairing?

    I answered "a" to all but #6 which has no meaning to me.
    I have one on each of my2 trikes., I commute, I leave them on all the
    time, I live in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains but still have
    occasional showers

    One of my long fairings has a fixed post, the other a swing post. The
    swing post if by far the most convenient. With a swing post I think the
    sides of the Mueller long fairing could be a bit deeper. As expressed a
    couple times in this forum, one can learn how to mount and demount "side
    saddle" and swing the legs in and out. Such will ease lifting your body
    out of the seat and help prevent stressing the seat from mounting
    impacts.

    I think the greatest assist of a fairing is for safety. It protects your
    pedals and largest chain wheel. It acts as a flexible bumper if you
    should happen to hit anything. I am 75 with limited central vision in
    only one eye and near sighted. (Full peripheral vision.) My trikes are
    my transportation into towns 4,8 & 12 miles away.

    The greatest problem I experience is getting toe clearance and keep the
    front down enough to see road defects near by. The front stinger also is
    a minor problem to keep aligned from minor garage storage bumps.

    Sincerely, D. J. Brown, DBOG
    Skagit County, WA USA
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    Jeff "Chonk" Yonker
    Marketing Dude @TerraTrike

    You miss 100% of the shots you don't take - Wayne Gretsky
  • and yet another:



    Jeff,
    I don't have an account on your site, so here are my replies:

    1-c
    2-a
    3-c
    4-b,c
    5-a,b
    6-b
    __________________
    John
    If I shall never do great things, I will do small things in great ways.

    Greenspeed Glyde #10009 - its here!
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    Jeff "Chonk" Yonker
    Marketing Dude @TerraTrike

    You miss 100% of the shots you don't take - Wayne Gretsky
  • I cut my boom and droped it 4 in so I could keep the front of the body low as possible. Wayne
  • ----BEGIN SURVEY
    >

    1. What do you mostly use your Catrike ;) for?
    a. Commuting to work
    b. Leisure
    c. Exercise
    d. Other - Errands, grocery getter, basically everything around town I would use a car to do.

    2. Have you ever considered purchasing a fairing for your bike?
    a. (Yes)I have several.
    b. No

    3. What feature do you most dislike on other fairing designs?
    a. Lack of full enclosure of the rider.
    b. Difficult or time consuming assembly.
    c. <Ease of entering/exiting the trike with fairing installed.>

    4. In what conditions would you use your fairing most?
    a. <All the time>
    b. Cold weather
    c. Rain/Snow/Inclement Weather
    d. Windy Days

    5. What factor would you consider the most when purchasing a fairing for your Catrike 700.
    a. Rain Protection
    b. Cold Weather Protection
    c. <Aerodynamics>(It helps that it keeps my feet warm and dry in the Winter ;)
    d. Other (provide if possible).

    6. How much would you be willing to spend on a fairing for your Catrike 700?
    a . Less than $150
    b. $150 - $300
    c. <$300 - $450>(I paid $429 for my front fairing and $1345 for my Goblin tail fairing)
    d. $450 - 600

    If you would like and think it would help Chonk I would be happy to e-mail you a couple of pictures of my trike. I think Jim Artis's Silk and my trike are the two most faired tadpoles on BROL, other than Velomobiles.
  • <----BEGIN SURVEY
    >

    1. What do mostly use your TerraTrike for?

    b. Leisure
    c. Exercise



    2. Have you ever considered purchasing a fairing for your bike?
    a. Yes


    3. What feature do you most dislike on other fairing designs?
    a. Lack of full enclosure of the rider.

    c. Ease of entering/exiting the trike with fairing installed.


    4. In what conditions would you use your fairing most?

    b. Cold weather


    5. What factor would you consider the most when purchasing a fairing for your TerraTrike.
    a. Rain Protection
    b. Cold Weather Protection



    6. How much would you be willing to spend on a fairing for your TerraTrike?
    a . Less than $150
  • 1. b + c
    2. a
    3. i have no experience with fairings to give any type of answer.
    4. c
    5. a
    6. d
  • 1. What do mostly use your TerraTrike for?
    c. Exercise

    2. Have you ever considered purchasing a fairing for your bike?
    a. Yes

    3. What feature do you most dislike on other fairing designs?
    n/a (don't know enough to have an opinon)

    4. In what conditions would you use your fairing most?
    b. Cold weather

    5. What factor would you consider the most when purchasing a fairing for your TerraTrike.
    a. Rain Protection

    6. How much would you be willing to spend on a fairing for your TerraTrike?
    c. $300 - $450
    ---
    Shawn L.
    TT Rover 8 owner
    Rockland ME
    http://ComicsPundit.com
  • 1. What do mostly use your TerraTrike for?
    a. Commuting to work
    b. Leisure
    c. Exercise

    2. Have you ever considered purchasing a fairing for your bike?
    c. I have one on my TerraTrike

    3. What feature do you most dislike on other fairing designs?
    d. The attachment between fairing / braces
    e. How it bounces on a bumpy road

    4. In what conditions would you use your fairing most?
    a. All the time

    5. What factor would you consider the most when purchasing a fairing for your TerraTrike.
    c. Aerodynamics

    6. How much would you be willing to spend on a fairing for your TerraTrike?
    b. $150 - $300
    c. $300 - $450
  • Have you decided if you are building a fairings for trikes, there does not seem to be much response to it on the forum. people don't want to pay a fair price for products these days. I have one designed that Im going to build for my self, and may sell to the public if there is interest, but it would cost about $1000 to produce and sell, But I don't think the market is there. I'm just building it as a hobby, as I have Excalibur trike bodies to build for Trinity Trike, and that keeps me busy for now.
    Wayne-seatec
  • 1. What do mostly use your TerraTrike for? Mostly A, but also B & C.
    a. Commuting to work
    b. Leisure
    c. Exercise
    d. Other (provide if forum allows)

    2. Have you ever considered purchasing a fairing for your bike? Yes.
    a. Yes
    b. No

    3. What feature do you most dislike on other fairing designs? C
    a. Lack of full enclosure of the rider.
    b. Difficult or time consuming assembly.
    c. Ease of entering/exiting the trike with fairing installed.

    4. In what conditions would you use your fairing most? A.
    a. All the time
    b. Cold weather
    c. Rain/Snow/Inclement Weather
    d. Windy Days

    5. What factor would you consider the most when purchasing a fairing for your TerraTrike. C
    a. Rain Protection
    b. Cold Weather Protection
    c. Aerodynamics
    d. Other (provide if possible).

    6. How much would you be willing to spend on a fairing for your TerraTrike? Depends. B for a fairing; D for an enclosure.
    a . Less than $150
    b. $150 - $300
    c. $300 - $450
    d. $450 - 600
  • <----BEGIN SURVEY
    >

    1. What do mostly use your TerraTrike for?
    a. Commuting to work

    2. Have you ever considered purchasing a fairing for your bike?
    a. Yes

    3. What feature do you most dislike on other fairing designs?
    I commute up down three hills to/from so wt is my primary issue.
    If I loose more on the way up than I gain on the way down/flat then the fairing is not needed.

    4. In what conditions would you use your fairing most?
    a. All the time


    5. What factor would you consider the most when purchasing a fairing for your TerraTrike.
    Weight foremost as I have hills in my commute.
    Aerodynamics 2nd. Don't care about weather, I live in CA.

    6. How much would you be willing to spend on a fairing for your TerraTrike?
    d. $450 - 600
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