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Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.
Obviously fake. No grey beards or aerobellies.
No argument there. When climbing, there are times when I'd kill to be able to stand up. I can only spin effectively going uphill for so long.
Do you recall the brand by chance? The Netherlands has a nice industry around recumbents and velomobiles. This company appears to make the best - a carbon-fiber velomobile will set you back about $10,000. This one is designed in the NL and built in Canada.
On an even modest slope, it's quite easy to exceed 55.
A group rode across the US two years ago I believe. Here's a brief report.
Oh - they averaged 125 miles a day....
We shouldn't forget Maria Parker's heroic efforts in this years RAAM. Come from behind victory despite losing 24 hours due to her chase vehicle being totaled along with her spare bikes and light weight climbing wheels. Not only did she cacth up to and pass all the women riders she also passed quite a few of the men as well.
Maria and her husband Jim are good people. I believe that one son is in one of the service academies.
These look faster: 37.3 MPH over 2.4 miles.
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Can you imagine how fast they'd be on real bikes?
You mean, fiction shifting, five speeds and no aero brake hoods?
Yes, I can...
It wasn't one of those. I don't recall the name of the manufacturer, but their 'racing' version was very minimalistic two wheeled recumbent, consisting almost entirely of carbon fiber, with no cushioning for rider comfort. There was an optional full fairing available for it. These were being raced across several countries in Europe, starting somewhere in Norway, if I remember right.
Those velodrome bikes don't look any more aerodynamic than the average road bike. :huh
Typically no, they have less drive line drag, no levers, cables, shifters or derailers to catch wind. My average 23 mile TT speed in an Abici Time Machine was 26.5 mph. I was averaging the same with my track bike using a 49/15 gear so I sold the Abici and I never missed it.
Got any saddle recommendations for a skinny-assed guy who wants to put ~2 hours in the saddle on a ride?
Light would be nice, but not the be-all-end-all goal.
FWIW, I'm not into retro things that "just need a little maintenance."
My vote goes to the Adamo Road saddle. I've tried nearly everything else, but this is the only one I can ride for several hours. It doesn't work for everyone though, so see if you can test one out before you buy. The only criticism I have of it is that it's not a lightweight saddle, but in my experience, lightweight seems to equate with uncomfortable.
My next saddle will most likely be the Brooks Cambium for endurance rides.
No matter what anyone recommends, you just gotta' go try some stuff. I know, it sucks. But, that's what it takes.
I see you know where I'm coming from. Time to go to the lbs. I am curoius about the adamo.
That is a really interesting saddle, man. I might look into one myself.
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Next time you're in Blighty, maybe you can do a group buy.