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New cycling record(5 posts)

New cycling recordtommyb
Jun 28, 2001 4:41 PM
Surfing the wasteland of late night TV, I ran across a quick item on a new cycling record being set. Some guy in full scuba gear was racing a mountain bike back and forth in a swimming pool. Got me thinking. With a little planning, obviously that record could be beaten. A super light weight bike means nothing, but aerodymanics (or would it be hydrodynamics?) would be critical. I don't think UCI governs this, so the Obree / Boardman superman position would be legal. But there are so many unanswered questions. What tires would have low rolling resistance, but yet grip on an algea covered vinyl surface? Disc wheel or tri-spoke? What kind of chain lube? Should I really put my Mektronic system to the test? Help, I'm losing sleep over this one.
re: New cycling recordPeter E
Jun 28, 2001 8:26 PM
The weight issue would probaly be the opposit in this matter, shouldn't it be better with a heavier bike that really stays on the bottom? But on the other hand, with full scuba, that won't be a problem.
Is low rolling resistance really an issue? couldn't it be good with som kind of knobbed (don't know the english word) that could help you to paddel through the water??

But this is a place where i really belive in the disc-wheel. the tri-spoke would what i imagine work like a side-ways mounted propeller (right word???)

It would probaly be the ultimate test to the mektronic :·)
maybe shimanos air-pressure changer for the downhill-bikes could be something?
coolDog
Jun 29, 2001 9:00 AM
Sounds like a lot of fun. I'd go recumbent, but really heavy for traction.

Disc wheels, or wheels with spokes that are cupped so that they push water at the bottom but are hydrodynamic going over the top would be good.

I guess a Camelbak isn't necessary.

Doug
re: New cycling recordJofa
Jun 29, 2001 9:15 AM
I remember them doing this in MBUK about 5-10 years ago, only in the sea (I think off Dover: testing it as a potential covert military operation). I think they filled the bike frames with concrete, or something. It made for quite a nice photoshoot, and one or two surprised fish.
Who sez it has to be underWATER?MeDotOrg
Jun 29, 2001 9:26 AM
...why not get ProLink to sponsor you and fill the pool with their product? You certainly wouldn't have to worry about chain rust...

...who makes neoprene jerseys with 3 pockets in the back?