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The Case For Aero Gear

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I’ve always wondered how important aero equipment is to regular, every day cycling – even as far as group rides go.  I can say, now that I’ve got semi-aero wheels, they do make a difference in comparison to the standard box shaped wheel – I can feel that much, but often we noobs hear things like “it’s more about the engine” and other such things when it comes right down to it.

That makes sense, but VeloNews brought new light to the subject that I hadn’t even considered previously (this revelation shouldn’t really blow up anyone’s skirt):

“When I was introducing the Venge to Saxo Bank and the Schlecks, their reaction was ‘wow, that’s cool, it would be a good one-day classics bike. But I sit in the pack all the time; I don’t need it.’”

The numbers refute this view, though. First and foremost, “when you’re sitting in the group, the air speed is actually higher for the bike than for your head, because there’s less draft down there,” explained Cote. That means there’s more air hitting your equipment than your body.

“When I was introducing the Venge to Saxo Bank and the Schlecks, their reaction was ‘wow, that’s cool, it would be a good one-day classics bike. But I sit in the pack all the time; I don’t need it.’”

The numbers refute this view, though. First and foremost, “when you’re sitting in the group, the air speed is actually higher for the bike than for your head, because there’s less draft down there,” explained Cote. That means there’s more air hitting your equipment than your body.

It’s a very interesting article…especially when considering what to buy for everything down to a pace-line group ride.


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