Re: [CR]Fenders and aerodynamics


From: "Wayne F. Jolly" <wjolly@videowave.us>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
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Subject: Re: [CR]Fenders and aerodynamics
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2003 14:47:32 -0400
Organization: Videowave
cc: Jan Heine <heine@mindspring.com>

Here's a question: How many manufacturers sold fenders identified as their product ?

A few months ago I purchased a Legnano with the help of Bob Hovey (thx Bob) The 1968 Legnano was equipped with aluminum fenders with a painted white edge (matching the bike color) and a red pinstripe, I believe these may have an original option simply because the fenders have Legnano decals (rare ??) After the arrival in Toronto I took these to Mike Barry at Bicycle Specialties to restore (If anyone would like to see them).

Interesting that the profile of the fender is wide, rather than narrow similar to the Bluemels I have seen. Perhaps in my case the width is directly related to the fact that this Legnano is equipped with 27" x 1.25 rims (clinchers).

Are my fenders a Legnano product? Did other manufacturers sell fenders? Is the width of my fenders an option?

Wayne (all Fender'd out, no strings attached) Jolly Toronto, where the Great White North is north today, Canada


----- Original Message -----
From: "Jan Heine"
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Sent: Wednesday, June 18, 2003 1:22 PM
Subject: [CR]Fenders and aerodynamics



> Another thought on fenders and aerodynamics...
>
> In the early 1930s, the cars that set speed records basically were
> similar in body design to racing cars of the period: A cigar-shaped
> body with freestanding wheels. However, the record cars all used
> tear-drop-shaped fenders, or in some cases only a fairing in front
> and behind the wheel. I assume that brought some advantage, otherwise
> it wouldn't have been done. (Unless it was "streamlining by eye"
> rather than by science.)
>
> A quick net search produced the Mormon Meteor Duesenberg (for the
> record attempts, the fender parts above the wheels were removed)
> http://www.seriouswheels.com/Duesenberg-Mormon-Meteor.htm
>
> Of course, soon people figured that fully enclosed cars may have a
> larger frontal area, but are more efficient aerodynamically, see the
> Bluebird at
> http://www.sigmapress.co.uk/knowl7662.html
>
> Sorry this relates only partially to bikes. But people asked...
>
> Jan Heine, Seattle