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When pro teams get their new bikes(7 posts)

When pro teams get their new bikesfracisco
Feb 9, 2003 1:10 PM
When a pro team gets their new bikes, they are all setup and ready to go. Some of the guys take out their tape measures to verify that they are as they asked.

What measurements do the pros give the mechanics, so that when they show up, those bikes are setup and ready to go?
re: Hmmmmteoteoteo
Feb 9, 2003 1:45 PM
I am a little confused by your post but I'll answer what I think your asking.

In the case of USPS since the frames are stock there is nothing to check. Other teams that have custom frames double check to make sure everyone recieved what they requested.

As for being built the answer in no. They get raw frames from the manufacturer and the rest of the components from the respective sponsors. The bikes are built from the ground up so to speak. For example USPS gets Trek frames, Shimano parts, Deda bars and stems, Selle San Marco seats...the list goes on.

The Mechs have build sheets on the riders with all the proper numbers to plug in..remember also that since they work on the riders bikes all year the numbers probably stick in their head some--the wrenches selected get to work with pro's with good reason--they are the best of the best.

Sometimes the teams must go to great lengths to get bikes together. An example is that fact that USPS uses 1 1/8 THREADED Shimano XT headsets on the bikes. Why you ask? Well Shimano makes no threadless 1 1/8 headsets so the Team has to modify threaded ones. They basically remove the threads via a dremel or similar tool.
re: Festina boys at workteoteoteo
Feb 9, 2003 2:03 PM
Here is a pic of early season in Spain 2000. Bikes just arrived from Specialized and the mechs are hard at work.
just a few tape measrementsekdave
Feb 9, 2003 4:57 PM
we just keep a log of measurements:
-From BB center to top of saddle
-drop from saddle to top of bars
-approx angle of bars/levers (level, mid-high, high)
-saddle setback (nose of saddle to BB center, plumb line)
-saddle level (back tilt, level, down)

then we all mess with it for 2 hours on a training ride - ha ha ha ha!
Cool, that's what I was looking for.fracisco
Feb 9, 2003 6:35 PM
I've got a new frame, and a friend that does fitting, and I want to keep track of the 'numbers', so that as I get used to the new ride, I'll get them dialed in, write them down, and be able to use them in the future (either on a new bike, or doing a charter/borrow somewhere else in the world).
I know about this pro....Bruno S
Feb 9, 2003 9:27 PM
Gold standard bike.JS
Feb 10, 2003 9:59 AM
A lot of pros have a bike at home that is set up exactly like they want. They always keep this bike as a referance point to check new bikes against. I first heard about this in a Chris Boardman interview.