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Do you think Lance Armstrong could have won his last TDF if he was riding a GM Denali

Old 03-09-07, 09:35 PM
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Do you think Lance Armstrong could have won his last TDF if he was riding a GM Denali

You know about the under $200 bike at Walmart? What if Lance used that during his 2005 TDF? Let's say he swapped out the pedals to clipless ones and that's all. I know people say the bike doesn't matter much but we are talking about a bike that costs less than the handlebars of pro bikes....the opposite extremes of comparison. Riding for 5 hrs a day, do you think it would have been too much of an equipment deficit to cause him to lose the TDF? That would be awesome if he beat out everyone on an almost 30lb bike.
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Old 03-09-07, 09:38 PM
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It wouldn't hold up for the power over time. Braking on descents is a scary thought too. It's pretty ridiculously heavy as well.

I think it's feasible on a $1000 bike, for the road stages anyway.
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Old 03-09-07, 09:56 PM
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i dont know but that is an interseting thread.. id say the cheap metals would piss him off
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Old 03-09-07, 09:58 PM
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Plus, I think he's too cool to have anything to do with WalMart. Ever.
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Old 03-09-07, 10:18 PM
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The bike doesn't matter much to recreational riders, but it matters a lot in a pro race where seconds count.
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Old 03-09-07, 10:23 PM
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Maybe he trains on the Denali 'til he reaches the same performance of his compadres, then rides the TdF on his Trek machine. That could be why he wins.
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Old 03-09-07, 10:31 PM
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wow, I think he would get lucky to place in the top 100 with a crap 30 pound bike. The differnce would be huge.
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Old 03-09-07, 10:34 PM
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This is real life and The hardest race in the world come on
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Old 03-09-07, 10:36 PM
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Greg Lemond rode a Huffy.

In other words, you can do a lot with stickers and decals.
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Old 03-09-07, 10:38 PM
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Originally Posted by EventServices
Greg Lemond rode a Huffy.

In other words, you can do a lot with stickers and decals.
You mean a Serotta.....painted.

But I get the point.
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Old 03-09-07, 10:40 PM
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I don't think a denali would survive one sprint without falling apart...
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Old 03-09-07, 10:42 PM
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simply: no
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Hmmmm.... 29 lb bike with 7 speed Revo twist shifters, Tourney RD, steel fork, flexy 28X38X48 170mm cranks, flexy wheels, 700 x 28c tires... nah.

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hellz no...haha if you want to ride the biggest piece known to be created by man then hop on one of those..Someone brought it in to our shop to get repaired and I had the great experience to test ride it when it was done..Lance would be better running in the tour then riding that poor excuse for a bicycle. You know its just so bad it makes me upset to thnk that they let people out on those Gah!
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He'd probably snap that thing in half.
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Old 03-09-07, 11:38 PM
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Back when I was a full time racer, I actually rode a crappy Huffy on rainy days, especially if I was only doing a short ride. I modified it to take a real crankset & pedals, fenders, and then beat the snot out of it in the rain & snow. I would never have tried to keep up with anyone on a real bike. I used to think that Eddy would still have been faster than me if he was riding the Huffy.
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Old 03-09-07, 11:41 PM
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The real question is weather or not I could win the TDf on a Denali and the answer is yes.



















as long as I was using this one:
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Old 03-10-07, 12:12 AM
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^^^
yea but only because you have those wheels......
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He could certainly ride any top-of-the-line roadbike and win. At his level, it's not about the bike, but about the engine.
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Originally Posted by brianallan
as long as I was using this one:
Agreed!
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Originally Posted by cccorlew
Plus, I think he's too cool to have anything to do with WalMart. Ever.
did i hear Walmart?

i have a Dr. Fill CO2 pump from Walmart.
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Even if Lance was riding a stock/ standard issueTrek 1000 SL, he could still have won the Tour de France! With his Dura-Ace pedals and Nike cycle shoes of course.
He'd need to get the mechanics to change the chain every evening though, in case he snapped
the stock one in half I guess! The brake pads would need replacing each day in the mountains as well.

He'd need a proper TT bike though for the ITT stages and prologue.
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Originally Posted by Ryanf
This is real life and The hardest race in the world come on
Yeah, this is real life, where Jan got monkey-stomped for 7 years by Lance. Come on.
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Dude, I did win the TDF on a Denali. With one of those horseshoe medical seats and helmet with a visor on it. It was totally sweet, you should have been there.
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Originally Posted by abeyance
Originally Posted by EventServices
Greg Lemond rode a Huffy.

In other words, you can do a lot with stickers and decals.
You mean a Serotta.....painted.

But I get the point.
incorrect.
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