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Holy Shiv! Specialized bike is now illegal?

Wow. The UCI finally does something right. Carbon bikes have been getting out of hand for quite a while. Things like head tube extensions that stick out over the front wheel are ridiculous. We might as well put fairings on the bikes.

I am all for the suggestion made in another thread today that all TTs should be done on the regular road bikes that are used for other stages of a race.

Look at the front end of this thing:

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I have to agree wholeheartedly with BroDeal. Get rid of the time trial bikes and the aerobars and the funny helmets and make the time trials what they once were...a race of truth...Mano a Mano...not an equipment contest.

That said, I must say I love my shorty clip on bars on my Long Haul Trucker when I do long rides.

"The means are the end in the making" -Mohandas K. Ghandi
 
BroDeal said:
Wow. The UCI finally does something right. Carbon bikes have been getting out of hand for quite a while. Things like head tube extensions that stick out over the front wheel are ridiculous. We might as well put fairings on the bikes.

I am all for the suggestion made in another thread today that all TTs should be done on the regular road bikes that are used for other stages of a race.

Look at the front end of this thing:

2010-specialized-tt-split_profile-600x387.gif

I agree with you- although UCI most update or make the regulations more detailed & clearer to explain all bikes limitations than the graphics they currently have. what i understand is that the bikes companies send blueprints to the UCI for approval, prior to massive production- so I kind of find this call a bit late, considering that is has been used since last year &7 most important-Cancellara won the WITT with the same one.....
 

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Big Mig's Bici...he was fast....
I forgot if this is Steel or Alu or Ti...cool head tube - backwards teardrop shape

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BroDeal said:
Wow. The UCI finally does something right. Carbon bikes have been getting out of hand for quite a while. Things like head tube extensions that stick out over the front wheel are ridiculous. We might as well put fairings on the bikes.

I am all for the suggestion made in another thread today that all TTs should be done on the regular road bikes that are used for other stages of a race.

Look at the front end of this thing:
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Yeah +0.5, but it's only nose cones that offend me really, because I don't like the way they look. I'd pass Look or BMC bikes, or even the Scott Plasma 3. I'd like them to update and even handedly enforce regulations, for me.
 
BroDeal said:
Wow. The UCI finally does something right. Carbon bikes have been getting out of hand for quite a while. Things like head tube extensions that stick out over the front wheel are ridiculous. We might as well put fairings on the bikes.

I am all for the suggestion made in another thread today that all TTs should be done on the regular road bikes that are used for other stages of a race.

Look at the front end of this thing:

2010-specialized-tt-split_profile-600x387.gif

Holy crap. First time I've seen one that clearly. Pretty insane. My Kuota looks nothing like that.
 
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BroDeal said:
Wow. The UCI finally does something right. Carbon bikes have been getting out of hand for quite a while. Things like head tube extensions that stick out over the front wheel are ridiculous. We might as well put fairings on the bikes.

I am all for the suggestion made in another thread today that all TTs should be done on the regular road bikes that are used for other stages of a race.

I agree with you to an extent. I don't think they should use their road bikes for TTs, but I would like to see TT bikes resemble the road bikes more. I like the aero bars and rear discs, but the addition of nose cones, recessed breaks, etc is too much. It's basically technological doping.

Didn't Cancellara win the Worlds on a Shiv?
 
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Guys I agree on the bikes as Bro Deal first put it. But with no intention to hijack, troll or get this moved to the Clinic, couldn't McDoosh at least wait until Algarve was finished (for obvious reasons). Would this have happened if JB was DS of Astana? Thoughts?
 
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You know you are in trouble, when the engineers say that the piece is required for the structural integrity of the frame, but then offer to cut it off!

I for one don't want to see the TT bikes go, but sometimes, the designers are taking the p155.
 
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IntheMidwest said:
Guys I agree on the bikes as Bro Deal first put it. But with no intention to hijack, troll or get this moved to the Clinic, couldn't McDoosh at least wait until Algarve was finished (for obvious reasons). Would this have happened if JB was DS of Astana? Thoughts?

but you will try anyway. does everything always need to get turned around towards JB or LA?
 
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but you will try anyway. does everything always need to get turned around towards JB or LA?

Well, since you insist on turning the thread into an LA thread, I would think that Armstrong or Bruyneel would make a secret "donation" to the UCI and the problem would get resolved in LA's favor. That is the way it has always worked in the past. If the going rate is $500K for ignoring a positive for steroids then $25K would probably be sufficient for giving an illegal bike design a pass.
 
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nah , i think Hein Verbruggen should come back , run onto the TT course and try and stop contador on the fly.............
all of you just stop, lets move forward not stagnate , why does giant have a former NASA scientist as director of carbon development, why are we all riding carbon in the first place, the UCI are still running out to the out house to take a ****, lets not all join in.
perfect example is weight restrictions on road bikes, according to the UCI all my rides are illegal, without even trying, im glad i dont race anymore...........
comon, we all enjoy the toys, dont lie, leave off and let the technology move forward.......i havent done a serious TT in years , but i would have loved to try that shiv on for size, or a new P4, comon guys think about it, youll be smiling...............:cool:
 
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Absolute Hog wash. I'm all for pushing the boundaries and technological progress if it means better accessible equipment in the long run.
 
IntheMidwest said:
Guys I agree on the bikes as Bro Deal first put it. But with no intention to hijack, troll or get this moved to the Clinic, couldn't McDoosh at least wait until Algarve was finished (for obvious reasons). Would this have happened if JB was DS of Astana? Thoughts?

Yes and no. The UCI banned the Praying Landis when Levi was using it. I read somewhere that after it was banned JB would make sure he was there when the UCI looked at Levi's bars for compliance to make sure they wouldn't make Levi change positions before the race.
 
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El Oso said:
The Praying Landis

Why was that banned? It was a pretty badass position, (also the first new one since the Obree days?) I used it for a bit as I have stupidly long arms and couldn't correctly ajust using the traditional tuck on the bars I had at the time, allowed me to get way more forward
 
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Why was that banned? It was a pretty badass position, (also the first new one since the Obree days?) I used it for a bit as I have stupidly long arms and couldn't correctly ajust using the traditional tuck on the bars I had at the time, allowed me to get way more forward

This was one of their more stupid decisions. The reasoning had to do with ergonomics and safety (I think it was safety of the elbows, believe it or not). Just a load of crap. Concepts like this, which are supposedly based on ergonomics, are actually pulled out of someones a**. The 5 cm rule is another load of crap.