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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:07 pm    Post subject: Female pro triathlete's bike positions Reply with quote

Is there a reason that there are so many poor bike positions compared to the men? Hardly any flat backs or tucked heads.

In the age of marginal gains and aerodynamics you'd think they'd be in the wind tunnel
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bike sponsors that don't provide small enough bikes?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:57 am    Post subject: Re: Female pro triathlete's bike positions Reply with quote

PCP wrote:
Is there a reason that there are so many poor bike positions compared to the men? Hardly any flat backs or tucked heads.

In the age of marginal gains and aerodynamics you'd think they'd be in the wind tunnel


Add to this, why don't they use disc wheels?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flat back has been shown to not be strictly necessary for aerodynamics. It depends on the shape and position of the head/helmet.

Ladies have the chest area to consider too. Adjusts a few things. I know elite aren't exactly well endowed but their will be minor factors.

Not sure about actual details of whether they pay more attention to fits etc.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jibberjim wrote:
bike sponsors that don't provide small enough bikes?


Good shout. That would make sense for the low saddle/height of bars ratio but would expect them to be a bit more stretched out too.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PCP wrote:
jibberjim wrote:
bike sponsors that don't provide small enough bikes?


Good shout. That would make sense for the low saddle/height of bars ratio but would expect them to be a bit more stretched out too.


Tough to stretch out more, as that would move weight too far forward, close up even more the angles.

Even in the pure bike situation remember Hayley not being able to get a position on her Team bike so she left the team and even Villumsen in the worlds not riding her team bike.

http://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/latest-news/hayley-simmonds-leaves-unitedhealthcare-failing-find-good-position-time-trial-bike-234058
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ryf has a good position; ironically the first time I saw her was Kona coverage and I thought she was a man....
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jorgan wrote:
Ryf has a good position; ironically the first time I saw her was Kona coverage and I thought she was a man....


And she's 5' 9" So I'm going for small enough bike - if you're not cervelo sponsored you're pretty stuffed I'd say.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is what happens when manufacturers ditch 650/26" wheels. Ironically, were all the rage on tri bikes 20 years ago.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jibberjim wrote:
Jorgan wrote:
Ryf has a good position; ironically the first time I saw her was Kona coverage and I thought she was a man....


And she's 5' 9" So I'm going for small enough bike - if you're not cervelo sponsored you're pretty stuffed I'd say.


What does Romain Guillame [sp?] ride? Isn't he about 3ft 2?
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