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Bike set up Paris-Roboiux.(10 posts)

Bike set up Paris-Roboiux.Len J
Apr 19, 2002 6:26 AM
I was watching the replay of P-R last night on OLN 7 got wondering about the bikes.

Does anyone know what modifications (if any) are made to the regular rides of the participants?

Tire size.
Brakes.
Forks.
Bikes themselves.

Just curious, between the mud and the Pave' I'd be surprised if nothing was different.

Len
re: Bike set up Paris-Roboiux.JBurton
Apr 19, 2002 7:24 AM
I know that many of them go to 700 x 23 or 25 cc. And, they lower tire pressure a bit. Aside from that, I don't know.
what little I knowRideLots
Apr 19, 2002 7:35 AM
Tire size: they go up a size or two

Brakes: who needs them?

Forks: I do know that on the C-40's they use a steel fork instead of the Star Carbon.

Bikes: From what I know, they are the same as normal.

This all based upon just little bits of info here and there. Sorry I can't recall sources.
Have any idea whyscottfree
Apr 19, 2002 7:59 AM
they use a steel fork?
re: Bike set up Paris-Roboiux.mmaggi
Apr 19, 2002 8:03 AM
re frames, I recall seeing an article in BiciSport (the Italian cycling mag) that last year, Fassa Bortolo ordered from Pinarello the Opera (the steel frame with carbon fiber rear) and not the aluminum Prince.

I realize that Museeuw rides on a Easton Scandium frame, but it's not supposed as taxing as aluminum.

I've read in the past that carbon fiber and steel frames are the way to go for this race along with standard wheels (28-32 holed rims). Basically no boutique wheels, but I may be wrong.

It's a rough race on the body and bike.
CantisAlpedhuez55
Apr 19, 2002 8:30 AM
I saw a few bikes with Cantilever brakes. Maybe some of the riders were on thier cross bikes for estra tire clearance for the mud.
I've heard...biknben
Apr 19, 2002 11:27 AM
I remember hearing some riders double up on bar tape and wear two pairs of gloves to dampen the vibrations.

Don't know how true it is. The extra bar tape makes sense to me. The extra gloves seems like overkill.
Two pair of gloves....jagiger
Apr 20, 2002 9:26 AM
...sounds like "Fred's P-R Vacation"
re: Bike set up Paris-Roboiux.GreenFan
Apr 20, 2002 7:17 PM
From what I've seen and read...
Frames are generally older, maybe last year's model, possibly a cyclo-cross frame made of steel with the same team paint. Some of the lighter more modern frames can't take the punishment of the pave, tubes can split or welds break.
Forks are sometimes steel, sometimes even have suspension (either sprung legs like on a MTB or sprung crown)
Tires generally go up a couple sizes and sometimes are treaded ('cross tires)
Brakes are sometimes cantilevers...better clearance for mud and road grime that would otherwise foul side pulls.
From what I saw on OLN...look271
Apr 21, 2002 5:14 PM
They were using at least 23 or 25 tires. The Trek bikes appeared to be OCLV's. Some of the tires looked like standard road tires. Go figure...