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"Chicken bars" at the Paris Roubaix?(10 posts)

"Chicken bars" at the Paris Roubaix?filtersweep
Apr 14, 2003 4:57 AM
Was I hallucinating?

or- was OLN video its usual worst (especially with all the cobblestones)?

or- or were there mtn bike brakes mounted to the bars on one of the bikes?

or- were they just chicken bars?

I know they use a bunch of cyclocross equipment to deal with the route and weather, but was I seeing things (during this wonderful crashfest) ?

Anyone ?
re: "Chicken bars" at the Paris Roubaix?wielerpret
Apr 14, 2003 5:46 AM
You were not hallucinating. Marc Wauters (Rabobank) I observed indeed had an extra pair of brake levers. For most riders it is safer and more comfortable to navigate the cobblestones with the hands 'on top of' the handlebars, not 'in' them, if you know what I mean. The extra brake levers allow one to also brake in this position.
Other adaptations for most included bikes with a longer wheelbase (plm. up to 104cm, instead of av. 100cm.), and tires of 26mm's at 6 to 6.5 Bar. In wet conditions even less pressure. No straight forks for anyone, except perhaps for the odd Spaniard who obviously has too little experience or stands a chance in this race. (ONCE, iBanesto?? come on!)
Luke. Amsterdam.
re: "Chicken bars" at the Paris Roubaix?filtersweep
Apr 14, 2003 6:02 AM
There appeared to be more than a few steel forks as well...

I found that puzzling.dzrider
Apr 14, 2003 6:25 AM
Carbon forks are supposed to soak up road shock. Wouldn't that be a good thing on the pave? I like steel forks because I find they do a better job keeping the front wheel on the ground. Is this the reason they use them?
buzz vs shockcyclopathic
Apr 14, 2003 6:35 AM
steel soaks up bigger stuff better where CF deals better with buzz IMHO. Also tire clearance?
steel forks on C40s?DougSloan
Apr 14, 2003 6:39 AM
I read last year that the C40s were supplied with steel forks rather than the all carbon Star fork for PR. I doubt it has anything to do with comfort, but rather durability and crash worthiness.

Flex & Spring: Carbon doesn't move as much as steel.Spunout
Apr 14, 2003 6:43 AM
Steel will deflect a few inches (axle movement, we've all seen it on railroad tracks) but Carbon usually will not IMHO.
re: 43cm chainstays?cyclopathic
Apr 14, 2003 6:30 AM
probably slacker HA to accomodate forks with more rake = longer wheelbase
Slack HA bikes would steer like a wheelbarrow!Spunout
Apr 14, 2003 6:46 AM
Okay, this picture might exaggerate due to perspective.
re: wheelbarrow!cyclopathic
Apr 14, 2003 10:44 AM
old bikes used to have slacker HA and more rake, so trail would come out about the same = same steering sensitivity. Bent steel fork deflects more on cobbles /and noodle in turns, so when roads got better and speeds increased 40-45 was found optimal/.

Of cause you'd have to tell it to Specialized.