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Old 07-14-04, 10:07 AM   #1
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Bike changes during the race?

Just wondering how the mechanics get a rider properly positioned (saddle height, etc.) after giving him a new bike. I have seen a couple of those switches so far, but no messing around with hex keys, etc.

I guess that the team cars carry spare bikes with the right specifications for the team leaders. But there's hardly room for 'carbon copies' for all the riders, is there?

One of the Euskaltel riders was seen switching to yet another bike (or perhaps back to his 'original' one) after he had been given a replacement bike. That would confirm that the spares do not always match riders' sizes, I think.
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OLN did a bit on that. They said that there are roughly 6 exchange bikes, (I think that many). One identical to the GC of the team, (as you stated) and the rest a little bit different for the rest of the riders. Seat height is not specific, but each rider falls under which bike they would get if a problem occurs and the bike would be close enough for them to keep going and not have to lose more time. For example, a 6'4" rider would not get the same spare bike as a 5'5" rider. I think you get the idea.
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Old 07-14-04, 10:40 AM   #3
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Just wondering how the mechanics get a rider properly positioned (saddle height, etc.) after giving him a new bike. I have seen a couple of those switches so far, but no messing around with hex keys, etc.

I guess that the team cars carry spare bikes with the right specifications for the team leaders. But there's hardly room for 'carbon copies' for all the riders, is there?

One of the Euskaltel riders was seen switching to yet another bike (or perhaps back to his 'original' one) after he had been given a replacement bike. That would confirm that the spares do not always match riders' sizes, I think.
You're correct, the team leaders will have duplicates on the team cars. The rest of the spare bikes are set up in a way that could suit more than one rider. Example, they may have a small, medium, large on the rack. It won't be perfect, but it is rideable for the other members after a crash or major mechanical problem. If possible, they will switch back to the original bike if it can be fixed on the fly. In a pinch they can stop for quick adjustments. You may have seen Ullrich stop for a seat adjustment although that wasn't a spare. I figured the seatpost slipped.
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G'day,

as well as that already mentioned, you'll often see mechanics leaning out the car windows making adjustments....seat post height, (for example) can be adjusted in this manner. They normally just swap bikes & 'get them going', then work out what needs to be further adjusted, or whether the original bike can be fixed. Its also not unusual for the riders to have bikes specific for the terrain. Many will ride a bike until they get to the bottom of a major 'col', then call up the team car & swap to a 'climbing bike'.,

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