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Comments on: Is the UCI about to lift bike weight imposition? http://quickrelease.tv/?p=337 Bicycle videos and fluff Sat, 19 Apr 2014 04:35:38 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.6.5 By: Carlton Reid http://quickrelease.tv/?p=337#comment-36577 Carlton Reid Mon, 03 Mar 2008 12:31:03 +0000 http://quickrelease.tv/?p=337#comment-36577 The UCI is a self-perpetuating, reactionary organism. I'd like to think it was about to rethink its weight imposition, but I'm not holding my breath. <br /> At last year's Materials in Bicycles conference, Mike Burrows - no fan of the UCI! - said that it was daft that some race bikes of 90+ years ago were lighter than today's models. And just as strong. Probably. The UCI is a self-perpetuating, reactionary organism. I’d like to think it was about to rethink its weight imposition, but I’m not holding my breath.

At last year’s Materials in Bicycles conference, Mike Burrows - no fan of the UCI! - said that it was daft that some race bikes of 90+ years ago were lighter than today’s models. And just as strong. Probably.

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By: Karl OnSea http://quickrelease.tv/?p=337#comment-36515 Karl OnSea Sun, 02 Mar 2008 22:53:34 +0000 http://quickrelease.tv/?p=337#comment-36515 Warning: Uninformed opinion of someone who doesn't edit a trade mag about to be voiced ;-) I thought the UCI has always been about holding back cycling technology for the whole of it's 108 year history? Under their rules, I'm surprised that such 'radical innovations prepared in secret' as pneumatic tyres, gears, aluminium frames, or heaven forbid, carbon fibre, have ever been allowed. So if they might be about to give ground on the weight aspect, is there any hope that this might be the thin end of the wedge? Can we look forward to seeing fully-fared recumbent trikes taking part in the TT sections of the '09 TDF? I thought not. Warning: Uninformed opinion of someone who doesn’t edit a trade mag about to be voiced ;-)

I thought the UCI has always been about holding back cycling technology for the whole of it’s 108 year history? Under their rules, I’m surprised that such ‘radical innovations prepared in secret’ as pneumatic tyres, gears, aluminium frames, or heaven forbid, carbon fibre, have ever been allowed.

So if they might be about to give ground on the weight aspect, is there any hope that this might be the thin end of the wedge? Can we look forward to seeing fully-fared recumbent trikes taking part in the TT sections of the ‘09 TDF?

I thought not.

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