Thursday, May 30, 2013

The ELF encounters a rain storm

 Here's a video clip from Tuesday's ride home.   When I left my house there were some very dark clouds in the sky so I suspected the ride would get interesting at some point.  Just as I pulled off the trail into my neighborhood the rain started coming down in torrents.  Here's a video of that part of my ride.  Note the lawn guys running for shelter.


I stayed relatively dry inside the ELF even though the rain was splashing in a bit from the sides.  However, compared to riding a traditional bike I was really dry.  My shoes didn't even fill with water!

Actually, I got really wet once I parked the ELF and carried my bags into the house.  I should have just left everything in the trunk until the rain stopped but I didn't know how dry the storage compartment would be.

Now I'm thinking of storing an umbrella in the ELF!

5 comments:

  1. Is the windshield glass or plastic? I will be riding my ELF (once it arrives) in a number of rainstorms so I want better visibility using the RainX.

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  2. It's poly-bicarbonate and they don't recommend cleaning with any detergents, just spray with water. So, I suspect RainX might not be recommended but you should ask the folks at Organic Transit for the official answer.

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  3. I live in a temperate rainforest and well, we get a lot of rain. Having a wiper sure would be nice. Wonder if there's one in the plans or if there are any manual type wipers on the market?

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  4. The windshield is very light weight somewhat flexible plastic so I don't think it could hold a windshield wiper. The visibility wasn't bad during a light rain but if it's really coming down hard I don't think even windshield wipers would help much. I've added a soft cloth to my gear so I can clean off the windshield if needed but so far I've only used it at home before leaving in the morning.

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  5. Especially at night, I think the rain on the Lexan/polybicarbonate windshield could make it difficult to see. And the rear window, from your later posts, seems to get covered with dirt and sand in the rain. I know from flying that they make water-repellent treatments for this type of plastic windscreen (such as http://www.ceebaileys.com/ac_accessories/rainrepellent.html) I wonder if this would help?

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