Are lightweight aero bikes a “flash in the pan” because of the UCI’s minimum weight rule? + how to fuel up for big road trips.cc Podcast
Are lightweight aero bikes a “flash in the pan”? That’s the question framing the tech debate on the latest episode of the road.cc podcast in association with Laka, with George, Liam, Mat and Jamie discussing issues such as the UCI’s minimum weight limit holding back development.
Liam certainly thinks so, arguing that the 6.8kg minimum weight “completely limits the progress of these lightweight bikes because, rightly or wrongly, road bikes are driven by the professional road racing scene.”
He has some candid opinions which we’ll get to below on whether he thinks your average rider should actually shell out their hard-earned cash for one, but feels that “as soon as the UCI lowers the weight limit, bikes like this will be massively popular with general riders.
Jamie – who has an aero road bike – insists they have “improved so much lately, not just in weight but also in comfort and it’s probably only been seven or eight years since an aero road bike came into existence. would collapse, which is why we never saw them used in Paris-Roubaix… but today the aero road bikes are quite compliant, they are quite comfortable compared to the bikes of yesteryear.
“But I don’t understand a normal person, why would you say ‘I need to spend…’ which is actually five grand on a frameset when you don’t necessarily need aero, you could just have something more comfortable, lighter, much, much nicer grips – and cheaper!”
Summarizing his position towards the end of the segment, Liam argues that aero road bikes “are a waste for the majority of riders, or the majority of people who actually buy them.
“If you get one of these aero road bikes and you race, fine, you’re probably already riding in an aero position, you have aero clothes, and it’s just a little more beneficial to have.
“But realistically, for the majority of us who just like to get out there on our bikes, I would always prioritize frame geometry, lightness and comfort.”
Also in this episode, you’ll hear off.road.cc writer Suvi talk with Lisa Nijbroek, nutritionist at Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl, as well as Joram Kolf, co-founder of EatMyRide.
Topics covered include the difference between energy requirements between shorter trips and those lasting three hours or more, as well as the difference between refueling for an on-road and off-road trip.
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