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How about a 'short attention span' TdF?(6 posts)

How about a 'short attention span' TdF?bicyclerepairman
Jul 31, 2003 3:38 PM
A recumbent Tour de France should cut it down to about 15-16 days....
you mean for the first climb? ;-) nmDougSloan
Jul 31, 2003 4:05 PM
Lance said. in velonews awhile back....cyclist of all trades
Jul 31, 2003 4:36 PM
the best design for a time trial bike would be a recumbent. way more aero. of course if it were an uphill TT it wouldn't.

It amazes me that so many who own a roadbike because of it's speed, light weight and efficiency wouldn't ride a performance bent. they are incredibly fun, faster than an upright and comfortable. the stigma attached seems to be to much to handle.
faster?DougSloan
Aug 1, 2003 5:59 AM
They are faster on the flats and descents. However, they are much, much slower climbing. In many areas, climbing is everything. Look at results from just about any ultra event with lots of climbing, and the uprights are faster.

Also, I'm curious whether a solo bent is faster than a paceline of uprights?

Doug
nothing against recumbants but.....bicycle268
Aug 1, 2003 5:54 AM
why is it that all recumbant riders that I see on the roads have long beards?

just an observation...
not all of us have long beardscyclist of all trades
Aug 1, 2003 7:05 AM
I shave my legs and ride 6 days a week. I have the bent for rides that are mostly flat. I just love the all out speed and the ability to ride fast and very easily against the wind. The climbing isn't as bad as some would think however. Like I said, the stigma that has developed is the hardest part to overcome.