2018 Orange Subaru Crosstrek Limited
Would it improve my mileage to remove my crossbars when I'm not using them. It's a new car and I don't even know if that is something easily done and worth the trouble.
It's not the weight of the crossbars but the loss of aerodynamics that effects the gas mileage. Much like the lack of humor in your sarcasm affecting the performance of your post.You should take out the back seats and leave the spare tire home to save a smidgen of fuel too.
Just a guess but probably forwards because of the saddle. With a fork mount, the bike will be pitched down a little, so the saddle will be facing forwards and down with the smooth part on top interacting with the flow of air. Backwards the back of the saddle will be pitched up with the underside acting like a mini parachute.I have been wondering if it is better (aerodynamically) if mounting a bike on the roof is better facing forward or backward.
This is in reference to fork mount systems.
Possibly. Anyone got a wind tunnel we can borrow?I would think with the handlebars forward the wind-loading would be greater than the savings from the seat facing forward. With the handlebars facing rearward, the loading would be less because of the turbulence.
After 5200 miles there is no doubt that changing how I handle the accelerator is the greatest factor in my economy. If I drive it like my Corolla, rapid starts and stops, I lose about 4 mpg, sometimes more. I don't think I'll bother removing them. Thanks.Definitely it will help to save the fuel but it only very little amount, it perhaps save more fuel by disciplining your feet for controlling the accelleration
I pulled them and went to the nearest, long, steep downhill section. In the three miles of coasting down that hill in neutral, with and without the crossbars, the mileage wasn't affected enough to overcome variables like wind. The Crosstrek coasted about the same speed. Not really scientific, but enough to figure the effort isn't worth it.Possibly. Anyone got a wind tunnel we can borrow?