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Lance and Tyler using triple cranks?(10 posts)

Lance and Tyler using triple cranks?Erap Estrada
Apr 2, 2001 6:50 PM
Any truth to the rumor that Lance will be using triple cranks in this year's TdF?
yesfredd
Apr 2, 2001 7:48 PM
and they are riding Trek 9.9's
Lance's triple: 39/52/60Bruno S
Apr 2, 2001 10:46 PM
How said that triples were for girls only...
To catch Ullrich and Pantani off guard?Erap Estrada
Apr 2, 2001 11:36 PM
I've heard about Lance's technique during climbs (high rpm, seated). Maybe he's gunning for a higher (more efficient?) rpm this time?
To catch Ullrich and Pantani off guard?Dougal
Apr 3, 2001 12:23 AM
There was a climb on the Vuelta a few years back when half the pack used triples and the others were running a granny gear in the 30s on the rear. Frankie Andreau is quoted as saying 70% of the peleton wouldn't have made it if it wasn't for the pushes they were getting from the spectators and the tows from the team cars.

I seem to recall it was a 23% gradiant or something daft. Even pros need a litle help sometimes...
Where does this rumour come from?PIng Pong
Apr 3, 2001 3:58 AM
El Anglirusputnik
Apr 3, 2001 6:52 AM
If I remember correctly, Roberto Heras was riding a triple up this daunting climb in last years Vuelta.

This evidence of help from the fans is from Cyclingnews after this stage of the Vuelta:

Commenting on his first ascent of the infamous Alto de L'Angliru Festina's David Clinger explained: "Oh, it had to rank as just about one of the hardest things I've done. On the last climb it got really steep and I was riding thinking "OK it's steep" and then it gets steeper and I'm thinking "well this isn't too bad" and then you go round a corner and it gets steeper and you're still thinking "OK, this is still doable" then another corner and it's just getting so steep it's sick, and then on the steepest part, Alvaro Gonzalez de Galdeano goes flying past me so fast ... being pushed by two people!! Without the helping hand it would've been just crazy but I got lots of pushes."
El AngliruLOL!
Apr 3, 2001 7:01 AM
Frankie A or somebody said they would have to go up holding hands and wearing mtn bike shoes- LOL! It turned out to be not as bad as they thought. I think it rained on that climb last year.
El AngliruGroucho Marx
Apr 3, 2001 12:03 PM
Gilberto Simoni, who won that stage, used a double, and from the looks of pictures, it looks like most of the top pro's used double, except I'm not sure about Heras.
Big Mig and Triples ...Breck
Apr 3, 2001 10:01 AM
The Banesto Team were using Campy triples in training rides back about ~ 1996, but did not adopt them for the Giro, Tour, etc. Euro Pro mountain crank/ cog combo on the double is usually a 42X23 on the steeper grades of the old Roman Roads.

Before the dX, the strong men of the Peloton would run the rear wheel with a single cog on either side; one side for the "flats", the other for the "grades". They would stop and reverse the wheel as required.

cheers
bgcc