We've been making fast bikes for a while.
The Original hpv club
Starting in 1978, Cal Poly students began to lead inquiries into the limits of bicycle performance. They were the first ME design/build club at Cal Poly, producing many faired bicycles starting with the unnamed bike pictured above. These bikes were excellent for their time, but were only just scratching the surface of Cal Poly’s human powered potential.
The asme competition era
In 1983, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) began formally hosting competitions for HPVs. Before this, the HPV club was forced to find private competitions to enter, but with a clearly defined and regular competition, the team was able to tailor their bike more effectively. They quickly found success in these competitions, consistently placing well, including numerous 1st place finishes.
However, over time, the ASME competition became increasingly complex, forcing teams to design for speed, safety, stability, baggage capacity, and steering. This made it difficult to create a bike that excelled in any one category. For this reason, we are withdrawing from the ASME competition this year and transitioning to a competition focused on one thing - pure speed.