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Now I know how Superman does it!(8 posts)

Now I know how Superman does it!crestlinefarm
Aug 13, 2003 10:00 PM
I took last week off from riding. Today, I was back in the saddle for the 25 mile ride home...same bike, same legs, same everything--save one thing. I took the removeable visor from my helmet.
My average speed increased 2 mph. My top speed on the flat went from 26 to 30. I made it home in 1:05, almost 10 minutes better than my previous best.
Now I have a REALLY hard time believing that a silly plastic visor would make that much difference, but hey, people do all kinds of silly things to be more "aerodynamic".
I guess it could have been the week off, or maybe the Polish sausage I had for lunch....
I agree !Marketing Dept
Aug 14, 2003 4:03 AM
I had the same experience, only in reverse. I had never ridden with a visor until recently. My rides with the visor proved to be most uncomfortable.

It seems that the visor required me to lift my head higher to see the road ahead. Since it was more than I was used to, my neck muscles got too much of a workout.

So, by removing the visor, my theory is that you were able to keep you head lower. This could easily account for a better time by increasing your aerodynamics.

At least IMHO.
visor=fred ?bicycle268
Aug 14, 2003 4:38 AM
I don't understand what the deal with visors are. I use my Giro Pneumo's snap on visor during summer rain rides and it works like a charm. I only use it on maybe 2% of my road rides but if it works, I use it.

And if I wore a cycling cap under my helmet it would then be cool? Actually, I'd be burning up....

This of course is off-topic from mark. dept's post. just ranting
VisorSpoiledBikeDaddy
Aug 14, 2003 5:44 AM
Getting a little OT on this thread, but I don't use my visor on road rides for the reason you mention - it forces me to crane my neck so I can see far enough ahead in the drops, which leads to soreness. I can't imagine it would have much of an effect on the aerodynamics of the ride, but I'm no physicist :)

I do use it for MTB, though - it helps protect my eyes and face from hanging branches, and the more upright position of the MTB means I don't have to hold my head in an awkward position to see where I'm going.
Fresh legs help a lotpitt83
Aug 14, 2003 4:19 AM
Likely the week off more than the visor. No visor helps from a fashion sperspective though.
Fresh legs and more carbs from the week offkjr39
Aug 14, 2003 6:03 AM
It seems that every time I take time off and then get back on the bike (or weight training) I am able to bust arse the first couple of times... I'd figure that would have more to do with the improvement than the visor.
tailwind? nmJS Haiku Shop
Aug 14, 2003 5:08 AM
My money's on the Polish sausage! nm.Sao
Aug 14, 2003 10:12 AM