My dad cycled semi-pro and worked at a bike shop for a decade when he was younger. Last summer we restored an old frame I had found and turned in into a sexy retro looking thing. It was a nice time, sitting there taking apart all those small parts and cleaning them and seeing it come together.
I fucked up my ancles so I can't run but I like exercise. I borrowed his racing bike the other day and felt really dumb with all that lycra gear. But fuck me they go fast those ones. Weigh nothing at all.
Roubaix has seen lots of innovations to counteract the pave - most high end carbon bikes now have dampners with degrees of adjustment to cope. I wouldnt imagine anyone has raced a steel bike there for a very long time.Weight doesn't mean a thing when its flat. You can basically still win Paris-Roubaix on a steel frame bike. Not that along go they stopped using them.
Roubaix has seen lots of innovations to counteract the pave - most high end carbon bikes now have dampners with degrees of adjustment to cope. I wouldnt imagine anyone has raced a steel bike there for a very long time.
Indurain won the TdF in 95 on a steel Pinarello - i think that was pretty much the end, i know they had a flirtation with high end aluminium - especially for climbing but carbon has been king for the 21st C. a few years ago a domestic team - Madison - rode 953 steel bikes in Prems but it was an experiment which failed pretty spectacularly.
I ride both steel and carbon and i know which one i'd want to use to go fast on. The stiffness along with modern design of forks/BB/seat posts mean steel may well be real carbon is quicker. However, nothing beats the beauty of a decent steel bike.
i think i was saying on the wheelies thread cycling videos are a nice way to travel round a foreign city
Really sorry to hear this. I hope she makes a full recoverycautionary tale.
a close friend had a bike accident yesterday on the Brooklyn Bridge, rushed unconscious to the emergency ICU at Bellevue. unable to move her hands, currently in the midst of a six-hour spinal surgery. in her early 50s, strong and in good shape, so hopefully that helps.
she's been an avid cyclist for over 30 years, often goes on 25-, 50- and even 100-mile rides. you never know what can happen, even for an experienced rider. be careful out there.
Carapaz is Ecuadorian, bit of a 2nd-rate GC contender - p bad time trialist, a la Quintana - tho he did win the Giro a couple years back. Vingegaard is Danish, not Dutch, young guy getting chance to shine bc his team leader (Roglic, serious GC contender) had to abandon after crash-related injuries.I watched yesterday's highlights this lunchtime. Nice race at the end with the Chilean (?) guy taking leader and Dutch guy on.