The bike team is in Athens Ohio, competing in the annual ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge. As is our custom, we arrived with a bike still under construction. However, it appears that this year, we were a little further behind than usual. Here is the bike being worked on before the safety test.
Ann and Calvin(2) working on a display model of our prototype regenerative braking.
Calvin and Sherry fine tuning the design presentation.
Sherry demonstrating some of the electronics. If you look carefully, you can see a left turn signal lit up on her phone dashboard display.
Rose Hulman drops by to say hi. Michael Moorehead, we miss you!
At any random time, a bout of wet sanding would break out.
Southern Illinois showed up with this prone bike. I think Graeme Obree’s record is still secure.
Wheels on the ground for the first time.
M S&T always has a nice bike with an awesome paint job.
New this year: a static test where you have to invert the bike and see if any parts of the driver touch the ground.
Cyclone passes with flying colours.
M S&T upside down.
More static safety inspection.
Race fan Izzy showed up with this front drive modified Bike E. Apparently it has a separable frame and it can be suitcased.
Belt drive and a Schlumpf!
Unfortunately, we had continuing drivetrain gremlins, and were not able to pass safety on Friday.
Work continued until 3:30 am.
Still no joy.
Saturday dawns with pouring rain. Here is the racers’ meeting.
We had to DQ for the sprint event.
It was decided to take a break and get some breakfast before doing more work on the bike, in an attempt to run the enduro event on Sunday. The team could do with some sleep at this point.
Fortified with a hearty breakfast, we are preparing to chase down the final bugs in the bike. Wish us luck!