Hello BikeE fans!
Our Family Picture. December 2000
The BikeE sitting next to the Ami 6 Citroen. Which is stranger?
BikeE sitting atop the Honda Accord '89. Notice the extension and the
front wheel supporting the fairing. The Zipper fairing did collapse on me at 65 MPH, so I use the front wheel to hold it in position. I have the bike at a slight angle, so the front fender on the bike doesn't have to bend too much. The plastic conduit is used as an extension, as the wheel base is longer than the usual Yakima rack, or upright bikes.
This BikeE is equipped with radio, light switch, bell, cyclometer (Cateye solar), mirror, oh and a water bottle.
Using the Handlebar mount, the Niterider is mounted over the front wheel, using aluminum straps and zip ties. Mounted on the struts supporting the Zipper fairing.
I've got the batteries hidden inside the frame. See them sticking out just above the rear wheel (wrapped in duct tape). I have them out so that you can see them in this picture (normally they ride completely hidden inside the frame). The rear fender was attached to the frame. This didn't work when riding in the rain (It rains everyday in Seattle, pass it on), so I attached it to the rear fork. Also, I used a small piece of aluminum sheet metal to mount the rear tail light (no drilling, just slips right in).
The front fender wasn't stopping the bottom of my legs and the bottom of the frame from getting wet, so notice that I extended the front fender to catch more water (gray piece of plastic conduit), and now it's working great. Keeps the bike cleaner too. Also I had to replace the original quick release lever, it broke from repeated use (within 2 months).
A closeup of the rear fender.
Last updated 2/10/01 by Dan Hughes (email@example.com)