Well, I managed to find another bit of Internet connection, for about 2 hours. That means that I will have to do as much of today’s post off-line as possible to get the post published before they shut off the router and WiFi.
Yesterday’s post took a lot out of me emotionally with all the deliberate assaults on cyclists by people in cars, plus the sheer volume of the links to go through. I’m feeling better now, but I haven’t opened the first e-mail yet today. Yesterday I spent more than 6 hours just filtering the links to get to the ones I posted, then another 3 hours composing and proofing the post before actually publishing it. It would not have been so bad had I not been in a place where I couldn’t eat or drink anything while I was there. Nine hours is a long time to go without lunch or water, but I compensated for the missing fluids and Calories as soon as I finished the post and got back to where I’m staying while I’m here.
Since I have had a lot of time to think and to read the kit assembly manuals for the cars I’m considering as build candidates I have changed my choice of kit to build. If I build the 27T I’m going to have to pretty much lop off the body behind the passenger compartment to build a trunk that fits Mrs. the Poet’s requirements, but the 23T comes that way from the beginning, I just lose a bit of hip and leg room. I would just extend the frame a bit and build the trunk behind the unmodified body of the kit. That would save a bunch of money for the different bodies ($299 compared to $999) and reduce the build time as I would not have to make a lot of measurements and very precise cuts in a fiberglass body before even starting to make the trunk. I could just mock the body to the frame and add the trunk behind the body. Then the gas tank would go under the trunk between the rear axle and the back bumper. This means putting some structure behind and under the gas tank to prevent it from rupturing in a wreck and spilling gas all over (like the early model Ford Pinto, only without the hot exhaust pipe under the tank to cause the gas to burst into flames). Actually I have been thinking pretty hard on this and to get what I want (rollover protection that will meet SCCA requirements and also not have anything hanging off the bottom of the frame) I would have to modify the frame so much that there would be precious little of the original kit frame left. This would not be the first frame I have built from scratch, just the first one I built for a street car.
So, what do I want in the new frame? Well first of there are some design parameters that must be met, starting with an SCCA legal roll cage made from 1 1/2″ diameter 0.120 wall seamless tubing that spans the entire passenger compartment, and also nothing hanging below the bottom of the frame to get hung up going over a speed bump or if a tire goes down. Second is as much torsional rigidity as is possible consistent with being able to get in and out of the car. Third is the rear suspension can’t take away any trunk space like on the Track T kit (the entire area where the trunk would be is filled with the frame and rear suspension). That part is easy, what takes up space after allowing for the center section to travel is the mounting for the rear shocks. To keep them from taking up space in the trunk all I have to do is mount them on the outside like a sprint car (not a Sprint Cup car, these are two entirely different beasts) or midget racer. The gas tank will probably be a race-car derived fuel cell that won’t leak unless actually cut apart in a wreck, that comes in 16 or 22 gallon sizes (actually more than that but 16 or 22 gallons are what meet the needs). Like a sprint car I also want to have the diagonal support for the front hoop of the cage running to the front suspension. That makes the frame stiffer in both beaming and torsion. Then the diagonal from the rear hoop runs to the rear suspension, also lending an increase in bending and torsional stiffness. Another feature of sprints and midgets that I want to use is the bottom frame tube is continuous, straight, and runs under the axles both front and rear. This gives me an automatic protection of the gas tank from underneath because the gas tank is over the bottom tube. And to get as much passenger protection as possible I’ll do the sprint car trick of putting the roll cage outside the body. They do it to make inspecting the frame after a rollover easier, I would be doing it to keep as much interior space as possible.
With all these features I’m swiping from sprint cars I guess I would be making the 21st Century version of a Track T, a Sprint T.
Up first is an update to wreck in the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike, FL. Loxahatchee man charged with causing death of woman who was riding bikes with her son last month The charges are way weak for killing a human being, but the comments were priceless. Not a single one blamed the victim for riding a bicycle, this is a huge step forward for FL. I covered how to avoid/prevent wrecks like this when it first happened.
Another wreck in the most deadliest state to walk or ride a bike for 9 years running. Bicyclist Struck and Killed in Tamarac: BSO The very fact that they aren’t immediately blaming the cyclist for being there to get hit makes me think that this wreck was probably a pretty obviously driver at-fault wreck, but because they are still sitting on the details I can’t tell you how to avoid nor prevent a wreck like this, whatever mode it was.
Up the coast a bit (large bit) is this update on a NC man killed in a hit-and-run. Durham mourns cyclist killed in hit-and-run They caught the miscreant that killed the cyclist and he was driving without a license (big surprise there) because of DUI. Standard Poetic Sentence for drunks that kill with cars, car gets recycled and the driver “gets” to watch from behind the steering wheel.
A wreck in CA is blamed on the cyclist. Bicyclist killed in late night crash on Santa Barbara Mesa Yep they are blaming the cyclist for wearing “dark clothing” and riding without a rear reflector or light when he was hit from behind by a driver driving too fast for his headlights. Driver gets a free pass because the cyclist was not legally equipped for night riding. Hit-from-behind protocols including reflectors and tail lights to avoid, and enforcing the Basic Speed Law to prevent also infrastructure.
Another SWSS wreck in CA. HIGHLAND: 2 boys on bike badly hurt by car The kids “darted” in front of the vehicle going the same direction, but as the cyclist doing the driving was 9 I suspect this might be a true description. Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid and 8-80 infrastructure to prevent. Also never ride 2 on a bike not made or adapted to carry passengers.
A KC rider is killed. Man riding bicycle killed in KCK collision The description of the wreck indicates the cyclist was caught by a stale green as he was almost all the way across the street when hit. Intersection wreck, use the protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent.
A bad wreck in PA. Bicyclist injured in Bayfront Parkway crash The narrative for this wreck makes no sense, as the cyclist was already turned west on the street when he “veered into the westbound lane” and got hit. So this is a SWSS wreck where the cyclist was hit from behind? Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid and teach drivers that bicycles get the whole lane and you have to move over to pass to prevent.
Another stale green wreck in MI. 12-year-old hurt when bicycle struck by car The kids were blocked from view of the driver of the weapon vehicle because they were in front of a truck when the light changed and the driver just hit the gas and went. I don’t know how to prevent stale green wrecks like this without some way of the cyclist knowing how much time is left on the green and how much distance he/she has to cross to get to relative safety and how fast he needs to be going to make it safely.
A wreck in the Great White North. 80-year-old cyclist seriously injured after being struck by car At this point LEO either don’t know or aren’t telling what happened. More Dundas crash critically injures 80-year-old cyclist
An unusual situation in Enn Zed as a driver is actually charged in the death of a cyclist. Charges laid over cyclist death This was the wreck where the driver tried to pass 14 cyclists and hit 3 when he couldn’t complete the pass because of oncoming traffic.
Lifestyle article about the MA cyclist killed in that car hitting 7 bikes in a 13 bike group in AR last week. Memorial planned for cyclist killed in Arkansas Still nothing about how a driver could just run into a group of 13 cyclists and not stop until they got to number 7 in line.
Lifestyle in OR. Funds for a friend: Corvallis 16-year-old injured in bike accident faces long recovery I don’t recall the original wreck, but what they are describing in this article is a SWSS with a hell of a kick.
Legal infrastructure in the Great White North leaves cyclists with the short end of the stick, again. Cyclist struck by vehicle sees wages plummet under MPI income replacement plan And the comments section is a complete waste of time because of the trolls and anti-cyclist BS.
And those are all the links that gave me fits today, plus some rambling comments from earlier in the day.
Billed @€0.02, Opus