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  • I know more and more people on here are racing or thinking of racing and some already do. Whatever. I found this an interesting breakdown of aero goodies, their cost and benefit. Basically confirms what I knew/suspected but it's nice to have a side-by-side cost/benefit breakdown..

    bikeradar.com/road/fitness/ar­ticle/how-aero-is-aero-19273?source=news­letter&attr=road/2008/11/27

    Ah, fuckstix.. mixed up title and tags. VB, let me edit titles please!

  • getting down on the drops is free.

  • Yep.. but have you ridden many TTs on the drops?

  • ive always wondered about TT bars. outside of all the tech specs, on a more tangable level, do you find that TT bars feel faster? i ask becuase i dont race or time myself, but i enjoy riding as fast as i can and the feeling of high speed.

  • Yep.. but have you ridden many TTs on the drops?

    every ride's a personal time trial

  • I don't know, I don't use them since I'm never near the top of a TT results sheet. When I start hitting the top 10 then I'll start thinking about aerobars and funny helmets and shit.

    They are definitely faster than drops if you sort them out correctly.

  • every ride's a personal time trial

    So that's a "no" then :P

  • Hmm.... well that does make sense. Aero equipment is going to save you 50 watts at 40kph. Get on your turbo trainer and see the differenrce betweend riding 350 watts and riding 400 watts for long periods. Suddenly that areo kit seems very attractive.

  • Aerobars and position = 5mins or something for a 40k/25mi tt. I could've smoked Ed and Rich after all.. :P

  • "Look out!! Brick wall ahead!!!!!"

  • lets se the rest of that, Fifty?

  • time trialling...

    sinister, man against the clock and all that..alien helmets, silly bars, strange reptilian forms hunched over like a mantis devouring it's unfortunate prey..

    wrongness.

    give me a good old keirin any day..

    Bring them on! I prefer a straight fight to all this sneaking around.

  • My Favourite Aero Advantage Story

    The final stage of the 1989 Tour de France provides the most dramatic example of how advanced technology has assisted a Tour de France rider. At the start of the 15.2-mile (24.5-kilometer) time trial, American Greg Lemond trailed France's Laurent Fignon by 58 seconds, a lead that should have been large enough to protect Fignon's first-place position.

    Looking for any possible edge, LeMond used an aerodynamic frame from Trek Bicycles equipped with a new form of handlebars called "aero" bars. Used in limited applications in the U.S. before the Tour, aero bars keep the rider in the most aerodynamic position comfortably. LeMond also wore a tapered helmet and wraparound sunglasses. By the halfway point, he had closed the gap and moved 24 seconds ahead of Fignon. Fignon, foregoing the then-exotic aero bars for a traditional racing bicycle setup, quickly fell behind LeMond's startlingly fast pace. After three weeks and 2,025 miles (3,259 kilometers), LeMond won his second Tour by just eight seconds, the closest margin in the race's history.

  • time trialling...
    sinister, man against the clock and all that..alien helmets, silly bars, strange reptilian forms hunched over like a mantis devouring it's unfortunate prey..
    wrongness.
    give me a good old keirin any day..

    I don't particularly like TT's.. but I do like the science behind some of this stuff.
    You stabs finger towards Southville should appreciate the fact that a HED3 is less effective than aero position :P
    Besides, good luck trying to run a keirin on the road.. what's that? the track is closed during winter..

    Oh yeah.. aerodynamics applies to the track too closed-minded biatch! :P

  • My Favourite Aero Advantage Story

    My favourite aero disadvantage story:

    cyclingnews.com/tech/?id=2005­/news/08-27

    ...

  • I remember hearing something about a pony tail being a reason for losing.

    onemansblog.com/wp-content/upload­s/2007/11/guy-ponytail-haircut.jpg

  • america, we don't cheat, we just win.

  • Fignon later admitted that the win by Lemond finished him as regards being a competative racer.
    it fucked with his head.

  • Fignon later admitted that the win by Lemond finished him as regards being a competative racer.
    it fucked with his head.

    moral of the story: don't fuck with freedom.

  • moral of the story: don't fuck with freedom.

    watching lois theroux on the telly right now looks like the land of the trapped rather than the free.

  • commie

  • watching lois theroux on the telly right now looks like the land of the trapped rather than the free.

    I left Philadelphia for London six years ago.

    When I return to the States it will probably be a different city.

    My home town has changed for the worst.

  • don't let kattttttttt see that

  • watching lois theroux on the telly right now looks like the land of the trapped rather than the free.

    Is that his Weekend show? He's quite good at getting nutbags interviewed!
    Love this show.

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