Previously, we covered concepts such as matching kit, pickle juice, weight weenies, and Cat 5 dangers. Today, we look at a few more cycling “truths”.
Aero is Everything: The air is my nemesis! It impedes us in all directions, and pushes against our best efforts, stealing KOMs and sapping strength. I want a bike so aero that I need to file my ride routes with the FAA, and a position so aero Cirque du Soleil performers are looking at me saying, “Nuh uh.”
- Anecdotal Evidence: Lots. Not only do you just feel faster when your gear is aero, you can even feel slower when you are riding with others that have gear more aerodynamic than you. No matter how strong you are of a rider, it’s hard to believe that the aero edge won’t surpass whatever watts reside in your legs.
- Scientific Evidence: Even more. This is one of those truths that actually is true, but that we can also put far too much stock in. On flat, open roads, aero drag can account for anywhere from 70-90% of overall resistance. So yes, those aero rims and aero helmet and aero frame make a huge difference in your speed and efficiency. But there’s a lot to be said about the engine. The longer you ride, the more efficient your body becomes at riding. Not just in an aero position, but overall. And an experienced rider on a heavy, non-aero bike can still put the beat-down on a novice who got a second mortgage for their air-slicing speed machine.