Originally Posted by classic1
That would have to be the dumbest rule ever (I know you don't write them
Does the 300gm chain shoved up the seatpost make the bike any stronger?
Is 6.5kg particularly light for a bike without brakes, derailleurs, 10 sprockets, cables etc? No. Then why is the weight limit the same for road and track bikes?
Yep, stupid isn't it
was a crying shame, a beautiful aluminium Pinarello with 300grams of 1/8 track chain taped into the seat pillar! Ludicrous.
There were very few bikes that did fail on the weight rule. No sprinter's bike failed (strength rather than weight obviously the most important thing here). No pursuiter's bike failed, presumably due to the extra weight of aero bars. No Carbon bikes failed. The only underweight bikes were a few of the aluminium traditional bikes used in the bunch races, even then it was only the smaller bikes, so it was mostly the ladies' bikes that were close to the limit. Having said that, the 6.5kg Pinarello actually belonged to one of the GB men!
I think that all the commissaires that were checking the bikes totally agreed that the rule is daft, but, like it or not, it's there in the rule book, so we had to waste our time enforcing it until UCI see sense.
Equally silly was the rule on bike length, we all felt sorry for Magnus Backstedt as he had to shorten his tribars considerably to meet a rule which treats a huge Swedish man the same as a woman 40cm shorter. To his credit Magnus didn't complain in the slightest, altered his bike to comply and got on with the job in hand, well done