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My friend made a windscreen out of a car rack fairing:


He bolted it to his barends.


Fairings and windshields are more commonly used on recumbents than upright bikes.

Kim Laroux

He may have simply used an ATV windshield. Some of them come with brackets to mount them directly to handlebars. It would be easy installing those on a bicycle.

Bicycle Bill

I'd have to say that this does not qualify as a hack.  I remember seeing bicycle-specific fairings by Zipper and others that were made to hook over the brake hoods of drop-bar bikes since the 1980s.

And as MLC40 noted, fairings are more common for recumbents than for wedgies.


@Matt, i imagine the one you saw was modded from a motorcycle fairing? i have an old Kawasaki fairing i might use for this... lol.

Sean Byfield

You can heat Lexan in a stove just to the point it will become pliable (very low heat) and conform it to a mold. Trimming excess is difficult - I used sheet metal nips and sliced off little bits until the edges were close. I then sanded the edges smooth so there are not any nasty little shards sticking out. Drilling holes is difficult as well. You have to start very small and work your way up.
I say Lexan because it is almost bullet proof and will not shatter. Plexi shatters on impact and would be quite dangerous for this use.

Jonathan Doe

Have you seen those large, transparent, flexible plastic sheet floor mats that are used to prevent the wheels of your desk chair from staining your carpet or scratching your wood floor? They sell them at the office supply big box stores. You can get a 6' by 6' one for $50 to $100, if I remember correctly. You should be able to cut through them with a power saw, if not a hand saw or a carpet knife. You might drill a couple holes near the opposite edges of your cut piece and then tie the ends to your handlebars or frame by looping cords or clasps through the holes. If the plastic is sturdy enough, you're done. If it flops or droops, you might need a support bar of some kind: maybe a single metal bar attached to the front stem of the bike, extending up above the handlebars like a mast. You could glue, staple, or tie the plastic to that mast for extra support, if needed.

Another possibility is to find an old tent or tarp that looks clean and is probably solid-colored. Cut a nice piece that will wrap around the front and sides of the bike and attach at the back of the seat or rear rack. It will have to be taut so it doesn't ripple in the wind. It should be easily detachable so you can get in and out of the bike. Maybe punch holes in it and use hooks or clasps that can easily be undone. It'll have to be low enough so you can see over it.

To decide how to shape it for maximum aerodynamics, I would look at pictures of velomobiles for inspiration. Also pictures of fishes, dolphins, sharks, submarines, aircraft, and rockets, all of which seem to be pretty sleek.

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