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Garrie L Hill
human power supergeek

USA
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Posted - 09/08/2018 :  10:16:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I arrived in Battle Mountain on the 7th at 4:00 pm local. 12 hours travel time from Granville, Ohio, USA byplane and car. Certainly not the epic distance that some of the European and other “furriners” have to endure; but enough for me.



As far as I could tell, I was the first human to arrive. The delivery truck had already dropped off thes two crates. The wood one is about ten feet x six feet x three feet!


Somebody had put some thought into the custom packaging. These two photos were taped to the outsideof the gray crate, showing the proper way to open things up. Neat!






Garrie "carbon based lifeform" Hill
HPRA Co-Dictator of the East
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Garrie L Hill
human power supergeek

USA
1757 Posts

Posted - 09/08/2018 :  11:13:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
When I came out this morning, the Delft Univ. team had already opened the gray case, which contained the chassis. Here is a shot of them unloading the wood crate. It contained the tools and the fairing bits.





They took everything over to the Civic Center, which has a large air conditioned area which many of the teams use for assembly.



Walking in the door, I found this incomplete fairing sitting in the front hall. Unsure to whom it belongs. Ain’t it purty?


The Delft team setting up their own documentary.





In one corner of the room, I found the most important piece of equipment at Battle Mountain. The timing system!











Garrie "carbon based lifeform" Hill
HPRA Co-Dictator of the East
for pics of some of my time and money sucking projects
http://s58.photobucket.com/albums/g277/cfbb/
and videos
http://vimeo.com/5513519


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Garrie L Hill
human power supergeek

USA
1757 Posts

Posted - 09/08/2018 :  11:25:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A side note: I presume that you are familiar with the Burning Man Festival, held outside of Reno, Nevada in the Black Rock dry lake area? If not, you REALLY need to google it! I flew into Reno, rented a car, and drove to BM. When renting the car, I noticed this sign on the wall. If you know about Burning Man, you understand!



Garrie "carbon based lifeform" Hill
HPRA Co-Dictator of the East
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http://s58.photobucket.com/albums/g277/cfbb/
and videos
http://vimeo.com/5513519


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Garrie L Hill
human power supergeek

USA
1757 Posts

Posted - 09/08/2018 :  15:09:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
One of the fun things at Battle Mountain is the wide array of bike you find leaning up against the front wall of the hotel. Here is a neat FWD lowracer, homebuilt.




Notice the variable length cranks ( although the aluminum plate used is .5” thick!) And the left side chainring to facilitate the crossover drive to the rightside drive on the wheel. The crossover compensates for the 406 drive wheel without needing a humongous chainring.



Also take note of the squeeze bulb horn under the tiller. KEWEL!!


Garrie "carbon based lifeform" Hill
HPRA Co-Dictator of the East
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http://s58.photobucket.com/albums/g277/cfbb/
and videos
http://vimeo.com/5513519


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Garrie L Hill
human power supergeek

USA
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Posted - 09/08/2018 :  15:22:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Went past the Big Chief hotel and noticed some racers setting up. The University
of Liverpool are running two arm powered vehicles. This unfaired ( Couldn’t find out if it was commercially produced or not. Certainly very well finished )



And this arm powered streamliner.


Here is the drive train. Adjustable throw cranks. Look at the lower right corner of this photo. Notice the highly triangulated silver gray support? This is a titanium part they had printed on a 3D machine.



Garrie "carbon based lifeform" Hill
HPRA Co-Dictator of the East
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http://s58.photobucket.com/albums/g277/cfbb/
and videos
http://vimeo.com/5513519


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sofabike
New Member

USA
51 Posts

Posted - 09/08/2018 :  17:08:17  Show Profile  Visit sofabike's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Glad You got to BM First. I am stacked on a Salty Flats, my link with pictures and girls
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100014198415027
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Jerry
human power supergeek

USA
1318 Posts

Posted - 09/09/2018 :  19:33:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for all the info and cool pictures. I really love both sets of adjustable cranks. Looks like I will be off to get some 1/2" x 1 1/2" aluminum stock and some new left/right taps. The cross over drive is way cool too! I have the same squeeze bulb horn in the corovelo and on the Musashi. Kids love it, including this old kid!
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Upright Mike
human power expert

USA
3813 Posts

Posted - 09/09/2018 :  22:03:44  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great reporting Garrie!
Could you get me bios on all the riders? Names? Ages? Professional dossier in regards to cycling experience? Blood type? (in case of accident) and Country of Origin would be most beneficial.
I could use information for my boring list of fastest humans on the planet earth.

Edited by - Upright Mike on 09/09/2018 22:04:48
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