Saturday, March 22, 2014

One for the weekend...

La Primavera, Milan-San Remo, is tomorrow.  In 1967, Eddy Merckx won the 288km race with a time of 6h 25m 40s for an average speed of 44.8kph.  That's an average speed of 27.8mph.  AVERAGE.  Over 179 miles.  On a steel bike with toeclips and straps, down tube friction shifters, 5 speed freewheel, wool shorts, and no power meter.  Only twice (1990 and 2006) has anyone had a higher average speed.  

My question is what do you really need to ride your bike fast?  I mean really, really need.  Look at your bike and ask yourself "does that help me go faster?"  Then look in a mirror into your eyes.


Thanks to Tom for the inspiration to this post.

(What's playing:  Eddy Merckx at Milan-San Remo 1967)

4 comments:

Michael Hare said...

In 1972 I bought my first real bike, a Fuji S10S Special Racer. I sold it about 5 years ago when a medical issue had me certain that I would not be riding again. I was wrong and something of a medical miracle has me doing over 50 miles a week. I've been through a succession of modern wonder bikes but miss the Special Racer. If I had half a brain I'd buy a good steel or Ti frame and fit it out with a compact crank, the new SRAM X1 7 speed cassette and rear derailleur and see if it reminded me of the Fuji that the other bikes do not...

reverend dick said...

Well, obviously, I NEED to be Eddy Merckx!

Anonymous said...

In 1973 I bought my first real bike, a Peugeot PX10 with mavic monterley rims,sew-ups, a 14-21 5 speed cluster and a 45-52 Stronglight crankset, and a Brooks professional saddle. I lived in the Sierra Nevada foothills and there were no flat roads anywhere. i liked climbing more than descending. Today i'm still riding with the Brooks saddle. Climbing is a lot harder than it used to be. I don't have to go fast now, i just want to spin, but I like to climb, slowly.

Philip said...

From the bike itself? Good tires, proper saddle height. No noises, clicks, pops, or rubbing.