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Changing wheels in pro races....(8 posts)

Changing wheels in pro races....Allen az
Nov 1, 2001 4:54 PM
You know when a pro gets a flat, and then a car loaded with wheels comes along ready to assist....Well, do those wheels already have magnets on them so the rider can still keep track of his speed? Is it like a "one magnet fits all" kinda thing?

Hmmm. What would Eddy Merckx have to say about this?....nmmr_spin
Nov 1, 2001 5:07 PM
keeping track of speed?Rusty McNasty
Nov 2, 2001 5:40 AM
Isn't that what the timing officials do? How many pros actually carry a computer?
re: Changing wheels in pro races....climbo
Nov 2, 2001 6:18 AM
no, there is no universal magnet so they just ride and forget about it. They don't need it anyway...
A magnet is a magnet.vanzutas
Nov 2, 2001 6:23 AM
The computers can't tell the difference between one magnet and another. It is just about position and clearence.

If all of the teams had an argeement on magnet placement I don't see a problem with a universal magnet.

A magnet is a magnet.climbo
Nov 2, 2001 8:57 AM
well exactly, thay are all magnets but they are all differenmt shapes and sizes and in different parts of the wheels. That's why it isn't done. If they want to know how fast they are going, they can ask the rider next to them. You really think they are going to agree on something this pedantic? Sponsors, riders, management, everyone agreeing to this? Not a chance in hell.
A magnet is a magnet.vanzutas
Nov 2, 2001 9:21 AM
my point was that the shape and size of a magnet does not mater. it is the placement. I think it would be a horible waste of energy to have the teams agree on something so minor as magnet placement. My point was if they did the type of magnet wouldn't matter.

re: Changing wheels in pro races....Eric
Nov 2, 2001 10:52 AM
While I am certainly not a pro, I have been fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to do a few big races with Mavic neutral support. No, the wheels do not have magnets and I for one could care less. The biggest concern once I flat is getting a quick change and getting back on. The only speed that matters is the one which will get back to the field. If the wheel vehicle is "experienced" they will likely offer some assistance in getting back on.

As for real pros and computers, I recall that Sean Yates in his Motorola days used to have the computer of the team sponsor (either Avocet or Cateye) on his bars with no cables, sensors, or magnets. He did not like to use a computer and only had it there to appease the sponsors.