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Road Bike Party 2

Martyn Ashton is back…

The Science Behind The Bike

As promised yesterday, here’s another Open University series on cycling, The Science Behind The Bike, starting with the History of the hour record and covering technology, physiology and the physics underlying the whole thing. Enjoy!

The Design Behind The Bike

I’ve been watching this excellent series from the UK’s Open University on the subject of design in cycling. It’s a fascinating helicopter view of ┬ábike design from several angles. Enjoy!

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All of this is true

Thanks for sharing, Norbs.

Any way we can get that down for a spring cleanin’?

Look, I have no idea if there is actually such a satellite, but if there is, are we sure we want Lance’s little helices on there? Really?

The Satchel Ride

I had no idea. Really. Watch, and appreciate.

A look back on the bad old days…

… and I’m not just talking about Mike Tomalaris’s 90′s haircut.

This is stage 17 of the 1998 Tour de France, disrupted by the peloton in protest against heavy handed treatment by anti-doping authorities.

Fun suggestion: play a game of spot-the-doper as the peloton rolls through the French countryside. Hypocrites to a man, they stood in solidarity with the – apparently few – clean riders, all the while knowing what was going on back in the hotel. Screw those guys.

There are many things I could say about this

Gizmodo recently posted an item on what was quoted as “a giant leap forward in bicycle engineering”, a bike made of the aerospace material Trivex.

There are of course lots of things to say on this topic. The most obvious is that the bike, as pretty as it is in a minimalist kind of way, hardly follows most recent breakthrough bike design trends.

For one thing, the head angle is absurdly slack which would make it somewhat of a lazy handler. It also has an absurdly large rear triangle, compromising stiffness and drive, and resulting in a higher, flat top tube, rather than the more modern sloping or curved design.

It also appears to neglect the most intriguing capability of modern materials – 3D design – and opts for plain, symmetrical tubes, where a truly breakthrough design would take advantage of aerodynamic research and testing to come up with something slippery and streamlined – like the S-Works Venge – or something radically assymetrical, prioritising stiffness in the drive side, like the Pinarello Dogma.

I could also criticise the componentry, the option of a brake-free singlespeed design and the choice of a track-style drop bar, where more practical – and indeed groundbreaking – choices exist. The designer could have included genius componentry, like Ridley and BMC‘s aero-integrated braking options, and Shimano’s recent 11-speed Dura-Ace Di2 electronic groupset.

As a mountain biker, I could mention that it eschews technological genius such as variable-rate suspension systems and disc braking. From a commuter point of view, it entirely ignores the possibility of internal hub gearing and belt drive, both of which have made leap-and-bound advancements in recent years.

I could have even mentioned the way this cannot be groundbreaking, since it doesn’t even include dopey on-the-fly tyre pressure adjustment.

I could say all of these things, but I won’t. Because this is an invisible bike, and invisible bikes get only one response.

let me show you mah bike, oh is rite, I CAN'T

 

Protip: If you want to ride up the Ventoux, don’t eat all the drugs

I’ve been watching a fair both of YooToob cycling recently. Today I stumbled across this BBC documentary on Tom Simpson.

Bonus: Narrated by King Theoden from Lord of The Rings. Imagine him at the front of the peloton, shouting “DEEEAAAAAATH!!!”

WOOOOOH! I’m in AUSTIN!!