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What the hell is this? nm(28 posts)

What the hell is this? nmelviento
Jul 11, 2002 7:46 AM
That is....muncher
Jul 11, 2002 7:49 AM
the result of someone having too much to drink at lunchtime in the design department....
2004 Dura Ace Biospace? nmDave Hickey
Jul 11, 2002 7:56 AM
A Natzi torture device?? .. nmPhatMatt
Jul 11, 2002 8:03 AM
PHP = <i>P</i>retty <i>H</i>ard to <i>P</i>edal <nm>klay
Jul 11, 2002 8:06 AM
There was crooked man, who... nmDougSloan
Jul 11, 2002 8:07 AM
Piston rod for a steam locomotive. (nm)Chen2
Jul 11, 2002 8:24 AM
Hey, I've got those!!empacher6seat
Jul 11, 2002 8:38 AM
The dude who sold me his road bike said they came standard on all bikes! You guys have them too.... right??!?
more pricey now than all but a campy carbon crank ...Spirito
Jul 11, 2002 8:38 AM
maybe more.

but it is ugly in a beautiful way.

Hey, I've got those!!empacher6seat
Jul 11, 2002 8:38 AM
The dude who sold me his road bike said they came standard on all bikes! You guys have them too.... right??!?
Forget that...What the hell is this? nmmr_spin
Jul 11, 2002 9:03 AM
You have to ask?? I'm so sorry......nm ;)rideslikeagirl
Jul 11, 2002 9:14 AM
are those triathletes? ...nmmr_spin
Jul 11, 2002 9:16 AM
Don' know - but now I'm wondering if I'm bi??? Nice pic - nmrideslikeagirl
Jul 11, 2002 9:20 AM
Didn't mean to steal your pic. I didn't see your post. nmDave Hickey
Jul 11, 2002 9:30 AM
seriously, thoughDougSloan
Jul 11, 2002 9:11 AM
What the heck were those engineers thinking? Did they somehow think there was additional leverage from this design? It seems obvious to me, and should have been to them long before these went into production, that the crooked design is effectively the same as a straight crank arm, except weaker, heavier, and more flexible. How do things like this go so far? The bottom line is that the crank arm connects the pedal to the spindle, and it does the same thing no matter the path the arm takes to get from A to B. Stupid.

Looks likeKristin
Jul 11, 2002 9:18 AM
it might eliminate some of the dead spot on top though. You lose power in the bottom of the stroke, but gain it in the top. So do you really gain anything? Perhaps that what they were trying to do. Then again, I know nothing about physics, engineering or cycling!
I saw these ingrandemamou
Jul 11, 2002 10:12 AM
Procycling magazine. I can't remember what they are called. Some Spanish outfit is producing them. They were being tested by the Spanish Relax team. They claimed it offered a significant mechanical advantage.

Relax usually rides the Vuelta so you may want to look closely to see if riders are using them.
a little detail....Spirito
Jul 11, 2002 10:16 AM

whether its actually works or not .........

Now you havegrandemamou
Jul 11, 2002 10:21 AM
peaked my curiosity. This is obviously not the same set of cranks I was talking about. The principle and picture look similar. I'll have to go back and try and find the issue.
how could it possibly make any difference?DougSloan
Jul 11, 2002 10:23 AM
Those claims are just plain fraudulent. A crooked crank arm does the exact same thing as a straight one -- it connects the pedal to the spindle. That's all. They could be curved, zig-zag, u-shaped, whatever, but in the end it's still the same. Goofy.

This is the one I was talking aboutgrandemamou
Jul 11, 2002 10:34 AM

Don't ask me how it works. I'm still confused by the pixels thread.
i know but its cool to see 'things that never made it"Spirito
Jul 11, 2002 11:34 AM
as i see it i think it would only add weight.

if they were pinned behind to several more points one could theoretically say they might be stiffer but i doubt anyone would notice and it would be easier to beef up a straight arm to get a similar theoretical result.

also, the upstroke thing is now beleived to be not that important as most data suggests that there is little point biomechanically in even trying to improve the stroke outside tof the 1''o'clock to 5'o'clock positions.

i just like goofy looking parts - would love to have a campy record hi-lo flange FRONT hub made for east german track teams in the early 70's. how cool is that !!

but why the skewer?

so THAT'S what tyler hamilton's been using! (nm)JS Haiku Shop
Jul 11, 2002 9:16 AM
re: What the hell is this? nmSkip
Jul 11, 2002 9:41 AM
It's this years Fall fashion by Gucci. (Photo A & B).
..An aborted Lemond innovation while with Team Z [nm]jagiger
Jul 11, 2002 10:15 AM
Failed Nazi plot for 1942 olympics. -nwSnowBlind
Jul 11, 2002 12:30 PM
Who cares? What's it wiegh?!! (nm)wolfereeno
Jul 12, 2002 5:38 AM