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Light bicycles on TDF(8 posts)

Light bicycles on TDFfracisco
Jul 18, 2002 2:09 PM
Saw this over on cyclingnews.com:

Lance Armstrong and his US Postal team will be riding even lighter bikes in the mountains than last year, when their Treks topped the scales at 7.25 kg. This year, the weight has been carved down to 6.8 kg, right on the limit of the UCI regulations.

"To get across those climbs with half a litre of water more or less makes a big difference," said US Postal mechanic Jean Vandenberghe in an interview with Het Nieuwsblad. "It definitely makes a difference in a Tour where a lot of climbing has to be done. When I was a pro, my bike weighed about 8.5 kg. I got one and that was that. For Lance, we brought nine bikes! He tested the material thoroughly in the Midi Libre and the Dauphiné Libéré."

"That is the difference between Lance and Jan Ullrich, who I worked for before. If you'd put nine similar bikes in a row here, and asked Jan to pick his out, I guarantee he would pick the wrong one, Lance definitely wouldn't. You see, for Jan cycling is his job, but for Lance, cycling is everything, his job and his hobby. Bjarne Riis was obsessed with his equipment but didn't have the talent Lance has. Jan, he's different again. He has got an immense class as a rider but as I said, cycling is just his job."

"Lance is a man with a nice character. He has an open character but we keep a respectable distance. He is the kind of top athlete for whom you'd bend over double. When the new bikes arrived from America during the Midi Libre, I worked on them from 6 in the morning till 1 o'clock at night. Lance appreciates that. He may ask you to go and have a pizza with him or go to a fancier restaurant in the evening. I have to admit, above all he is a family man; I don't see him staying within the cycling world after he decided to stop racing."

http://www.cyclingnews.com/road/2002/tour02/?id=news/jul02/jul19
re: Light bicycles on TDFGEORGIADOG
Jul 18, 2002 2:14 PM
I also read in a article that Lance's wheels made by ADA cost between 3-4000 dollars and are all carbon.
sure looked like he was riding them today...Jekyll
Jul 18, 2002 7:23 PM
The odd thing is that ADA supposedly never gives the wheels away - according to their info the riders actually pay to ride their wheels... Wish I could come up with a legit reason to get a set past the SO.............
ADA.....web address??????litespeedcat
Jul 18, 2002 7:55 PM
ADA.....web addresseoceneman
Jul 19, 2002 12:38 AM
Here's the ADA URL...

http://www.ada.prorider.org/
re: Light bicycles on TDFsiclmn
Jul 18, 2002 8:24 PM
Just what is 6.8 kg in pounds?
re: Light bicycles on TDFflying
Jul 18, 2002 9:21 PM
6.8 x 2.205 = 14.994 lbs.
just a hair under 15 pounds
plenty of converter tools on the netColnagoFE
Jul 19, 2002 6:59 AM
just do a seach for kilograms to pounds or something like that and you'll get a big list.