I expect Spartacus to ride a 1980's Shogun road conversion with matching colored knc chain and rims and still break the record by a good 500m or so.
Better yet an inch-pitch setup on his grandpa's track bike and shoes from NOS ebay auction from the 70's.
didn't this guy ride his test bike and say it's to unconfortable and decide not to do the hour record?
" Its worth noting that it would have taken you less time to remove it or thread it on than it would have for you to start this thread."
No matter who currently holds it, it'll still be known as the Merckx record.
Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!
it is not quite clear whether he wants to do the merkcx record or the one with aero equipment, since on his website, they are comparing his time in the world championship TT,obviously an aero gear race, to the merkcx record.
the problem is the one with aero equipment race, is that boardman's position was banned, but his record still holds.
The hour record really shows how absolutely awesome Eddy Merckx was. He set the record in 72 and held it outright until 2000, 28 years, when Boardman beat him by just 10 meters! I would call that almost a draw. Merckx's record wasn't significantly surpassed until 2005, when Sosenka beat him by 269 meters, or a little over 1 lap of an olympic track.
Il faut de l'audace, encore de l'audace, toujours de l'audace
1980 3Rensho-- 1975 Raleigh Sprite 3spd
1990s Raleigh M20 MTB--2007 Windsor Hour (track)
1988 Ducati 750 F1
Merckx did an amazing job in Mexico City and I can understand why UCI brought these regulations back, but there are some huge advantages in attacking the world record on altitude. I lost the bookmark with the facts. but it seems an hour attempt in Mexico City (or Bolivia, the highest track??) will give you a 1 mile advantage. Can anyone tell me why no attempts were made there lately? Are the tracks in such a bad condition?
Nice to know the extreme low weight of the bike Merckx rode back then. http://www.wolfgang-menn.de/hourrec.htm
Also nice to google the comments by bike builder Ernesto Colnago about this atttempt!
The UCI really needs to re-visit the regulations so shorter riders aren't penalized so heavily, especially WRT to saddle setback.