Aerodynamics: Debunking the Myths

While aerodynamics have been a consideration for road cyclists since the days of Graeme Obree’s washing machine bike and his famous superman position, it has only been recently that bike, wheel, and component manufacturers have really started putting more emphasis on the true effect aerodynamics have on performance. It’s become such a hot button topic among roadies with those valuing aerodynamics placed firmly against the weight weenies still fussing over a few grams of weight on the big climb. Cycling magazines, both online and print, and various blogs and forums…

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Disc Brakes and Road Bikes

Disc brakes on road bikes have gained considerable attention in the past few years to the point that the UCI has promised to assemble a panel to discuss their application in UCI world events. Currently, they are prohibited in the professional circuit. A number of reasons make them unsuitable for big race events (heat buildup in long descents and making tire changes slower and more difficult). But what are the benefits of disc brakes on road bikes as a practical option for the average recreational rider and amateur racer? There is…

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