Picked up the LeMond DVD collection with X-mas money, and really find the advancements in cycling technology that have risen out of the need for better rides, and equipment to win the Tour de France. When looking at the profiles of the bikes LeMond and Indirian rode, wheels that looked almost a rim with a rubber strip for a "tire." There is the advent of the areobar, which were attached to LeMond's handle bars with shims cut from an aluminum coke can. There are the curved top tube of the TT bikes as well. There are the advances in the solid wheels. And over the time of the 3 DVDs, there one sees the development of clipless pedals, in '86 they were still using toe clips, by '90 clipless pedals were the rage. Handle bars also show an evolution through the DVDs. The one thing I saw that I think really helps today's riders is the lack of radio communication between the team car, and the team. I wonder how it would have changed the TDF's out come.
It will be interesting to look back 10 and 20 years from today and see how cycling technology has changed because of LA's need for a faster lighter bike.