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No computer on Lance Bike??(9 posts)

No computer on Lance Bike??bear
Jul 28, 2002 5:07 PM
I think it was stage 14, I notice no computer on Lance bike? Did he dropped it? or what? I dint notice if he dint have it on other stages? Can this be to save weight?
A gram is a gram...DrPete
Jul 28, 2002 5:10 PM
According to his website, yes, he took the computer off to save weight. Apparently in 2000 he even took of the STI lever for the front derailleur and used a down tube shifter and plain old brake lever. I never thought they were that big on weight, but when the margin of victory over 3000km is 7 minutes, every little bit helps.
I agree. Furthermore...mmquest
Jul 28, 2002 8:25 PM
I have always viewed computers/hr monitors as training tools. I figure that during a race it doesn't really matter what your hr or speed is...you just need to finish first!
Lance cares very much what his heart rate isspookyload
Jul 28, 2002 9:52 PM
That is how he bases his exertion level. Just because you feel strong doesn't mean your heart rate isn't through the roof and you are about to bonk. As for the computer...he was racing Beloki, so his speed didn't matter as long as it was faster than Beloki's. He was getting mileage updates and terain features over his radio. I personally feel the radio's have taken the racers mind out of the sport. They should be banned because the racers aren't making key decisions anymore. The directors make the call and the athelets obey. Who is doing the racing here anyways?
Playing devil's advocateIan
Jul 29, 2002 3:04 AM
But how are the radios any different than a coach in other sports (baseball, football, basketball) that calls the plays during timeouts or from the sidelines?

Ian
indeed. bicycling is always promoted as a 'team' sportSteveO
Jul 29, 2002 4:06 AM
I would like to think..spookyload
Jul 29, 2002 5:34 AM
bikers are a more intelegent breed of atheletes than basketball, football, or baseball playes that can learn his teams gameplan before a race and adapt it as needed. Those atheletes get coaching tips between plays too,not during the live action. The radio gives them real time info on what is happening as it happens. Imagine if a quarterback could get a constant update from the offensive coordinator during a pass play on who was open and where he was. A rider doesn't have to go to the back to use the radio, he can sit in on second or third place and take in all the events of the race as they happen. Everything from time gaps of a break, to exactly who is in the break. A team captain should have to know where his riders are, or be penalized for not knowing by having to look around. Just ask Lance what happened at the last Olympics during the road race. His radio was malfunctioning and he didn't know Ulrcih was in the break, so he didn't chase it down as hard. If he had his radio working the results would probably have been very different.
i know some pretty intelligentSteveO
Jul 29, 2002 5:46 AM
basketball/baseball/football players. I also know some pretty dumb cyclists.

2 different sports and intelligence is a non-factor, imo.
Lance added a cadence sensorMe Dot Org
Jul 28, 2002 10:21 PM
for his TT bike. He said he was "over-spinning" on the first trial (125 RPM!).