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aero bars and drafting

Postby winstonw » Thu Nov 17, 2011 12:10 pm

3rd wheel ends up half wheeling due to no brakes and the speed advantage of aero bars.
He wakes up to it too late and when he moves his right hand to the drops, he veers right.
At the same time, 2nd wheel veers left to overtake 1st; which seemed impulsive. 2nd could have overtaken 1st by not following him to the right.

All in all, a good demonstration of why not to do aero bars when drafting guys who aren't, and avoid half wheeling.

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Re: aero bars and drafting

Postby KenGS » Thu Nov 17, 2011 2:35 pm

Kinda like the Ben Hur chariot race
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Re: aero bars and drafting

Postby othy » Thu Nov 17, 2011 3:05 pm

I think he did pretty well given the situation. Obviously shouldn't have happened in the first place, but kept it up long enough and didn't bring down any innocent party.
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aero bars and drafting

Postby toolonglegs » Thu Nov 17, 2011 3:53 pm

Panic...doh
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Re: aero bars and drafting

Postby Wayfarer » Thu Nov 17, 2011 5:55 pm

what a nooblet. This is probably why some road cyclists seem to sweat more when i start drafting then on my tri bike! Using the aero extensions while drafting gives no advantage, and is stupid
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Re: aero bars and drafting

Postby Mulger bill » Thu Nov 17, 2011 6:46 pm

:shock: Pucker factor of 14.7...

I've never been in that boat but why did he keep the left foot down which would have exacerbated the tendancy to veer right after the touch?
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Re: aero bars and drafting

Postby skull » Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:00 pm

Is it just me or have had this before?

Dumb ass riding on aero bars in a group.
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Re: aero bars and drafting

Postby il padrone » Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:09 pm

One argument against 16 spoke wheels :roll:
Riding bikes in traffic - what seems dangerous is usually safe; what seems safe is often more dangerous.
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Re: aero bars and drafting

Postby uncle arthur » Thu Nov 17, 2011 9:23 pm

Someone in that group should have told him to get off the aeros.

I can only think that 8 spokes wasn't as much of a price he should have paid as his nose smooshed in the gravel.

THAT'S how you learn a lesson.....
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Re: aero bars and drafting

Postby il padrone » Thu Nov 17, 2011 9:40 pm

uncle arthur wrote:I can only think that 8 spokes wasn't as much of a price he should have paid as his nose smooshed in the gravel.

Yes. However it was the missing spokes that caused the dump. He should have been able to recover from the wheel clp - it didn't throw him down straight off - but he rode on, with his buckled wheel wobbling all over the place. 25% of your spokes missing is a bit of a killer for steering stability :o
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Re: aero bars and drafting

Postby winstonw » Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:28 pm

Thought he did well to stay up as long as he did. But then hard to make out if he applied the front brake on the busted wheel to go OTB.
The rim or spokes could have jammed on the brakes or forks.
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Re: aero bars and drafting

Postby Aushiker » Sat Nov 19, 2011 7:23 pm

Hi

When I road with Freo Wheelers there was a strict "you will be told" policy of get off your aero bars.

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Re: aero bars and drafting

Postby jcjordan » Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:47 pm

Wayfarer wrote:what a nooblet. This is probably why some road cyclists seem to sweat more when i start drafting then on my tri bike! Using the aero extensions while drafting gives no advantage, and is stupid


Actually there is still an advantage while drafting with TT bars.
The greatest advantage from drafting comes from the reduction of wind related friction. If the following rider is not in the drops then they are in the wind and therefore not getting all the benefit.
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