Hi everyone! We’re about 35% of the way towards our goal, and we’re just over halfway done! The team has been quite busy for the past few weeks, and here’s what they’ve been up to.
We fully modeled our rider, Josh, in CAD. Then, the Frame team began to design the frame around that model. Here’s the most current version of the frame design:
The Fairing team has been further iterating the fairing shape, trying to minimize the frontal area of the bike while ensuring that the fairing can still hold the rider, the frame, and all the drivetrain components.
The Braking team ordered their components, top-of-the-line disk brakes from TRP. They got in over break, so they will now start designing mounts and mounting locations for the brakes.
The Vision team assembled their chosen components over Winter Break, and everything works! They will now move forward into more permanent assembly, safety testing, and designing the “stalk” in which the camera will sit on top of the fairing.
The Drivetrain team has decided on a “split-offset” layout for the drivetrain, in which the gears are on one side of the mid-line and the reduction, which powers the wheel, is on the other side. This reduces the risk of the rider hitting the drivetrain with their legs, and is the tried-and-true HPV drivetrain layout. Here’s a cool prototype they made of the drivetrain layout:
The Wheel team has decided on 650-millimeter wheels, which are slightly smaller than “standard” road bike wheels. This will produce a lot of speed for the bike, while keeping the height of the bike relatively small. Additionally, they are working with a custom bike component manufacturer on purchasing a left-hand-drive hub.
Again, thank you for donating to our campaign! Every dollar truly helps our club, and we’ve been really inspired by your generosity.