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Only one month until UCI starts enforcing saddle rules

Posted on 2nd February, by CClinton in RaceCircuit. Comments Off on Only one month until UCI starts enforcing saddle rules

This morning VeloNation sent out a reminder that time is running out to get your riders’ saddles and thus positions figured out.

The ruling states “This angle must be less than 2.5 degrees with an error tolerance of 0.5 degree,”. According to the article the UCI is going to allow up to 3 degrees, relaxing their zero tolerance stance. However, we recommend that team mechanics work with their team director and corresponding federations to insure they aren’t caught by surprise when next confronted by this test. The UCI has a habit of leaving things up to interpretation and various officials interpret differently.

Read the article here: One month until UCI saddle rules are enforced across all events.


Lessons Learned from Moto Mechanics

Posted on 29th December, by CClinton in Tools. 1 Comment

A lot of specialty tools exist for bicycles, tools you can’t find at your local hardware store. These tools tend to come from companies like Park Tool and Pedros who specialize in bicycle specific solutions. Once in a while we find a solution from another industry and many times that comes from motorcycles.

Wire Twisting Pliers

A little over a decade ago those of us working on mountain bikes found wire tools to be optimal for keeping grips from slipping from the bar. Luckily, a short time later, grip manufacturers began including hardware that secured the grips to the bar allowing us to remove that hefty tool and the small bail of wire. An example can be found here.

Recently we were introduced to rim protectors and rim shields. Tires for downhill bikes are not always the easiest to install and tend to …


Are Your Saddles UCI Compliant?

Posted on 22nd December, by CClinton in RaceCircuit. Comments Off on Are Your Saddles UCI Compliant?

 

According to the folks in the UK, the UCI has stated they will begin regular enforcement of the saddle tilt rule as well as the new bottle size and placement rule starting March 1st. Issues related to saddle tilt popped up this year with random enforcement of a rarely discussed rule. The bottle issue is new and sounds like an attempt to keep riders using bottles for hydration and not for aerodynamic enhancement.

Read more at BikeBiz: UCI to enforce saddle tilt rule in 2012

And more at velonation.com


UCI Publishes List of 2012 Mtn Teams

Posted on 19th December, by CClinton in RaceCircuit. Comments Off on UCI Publishes List of 2012 Mtn Teams

 

The UCI today released their list of Elite mountain bike teams, both the Endurance (cross country) and the Gravity (downhill and 4-cross). We’ve made those changes to our team page and now need your help. If you are working for one of those teams or know their mechanic, please use the form at the bottom of this page to let us know. We’d like to complete this list and provide additional recognition for those mechanics.

To read more, visit Union Cycliste Internationale.


2012 Professional Continental Teams: Official List

Posted on 12th December, by CClinton in RaceCircuit. Comments Off on 2012 Professional Continental Teams: Official List

Image via Wikipedia

 

The UCI has released their latest list of Professional Continental teams for 2012. Amongst those listed are three North American teams:

Spidertech Powered by C10
Team Type 1 – Sanofi
United Health Case Pro Cycling Team

The Remaining teams can be found on today’s press release: Union Cycliste Internationale.

We are adding UCI registered teams to our Team Mechanics page as information becomes available. To keep this page up to date, we could use your help. If you know the mechanical staff for any of the teams listed, please let us know using the form at the bottom of this page.


Last Minute Gifts for Mechanics

Posted on 9th December, by CClinton in Tools. 1 Comment

Its that time of year again. Did you remember your mechanic friends?

Here are some ideas for last minute, useful gifts for the mechanic in your life.

Park Tool Bladed Spoke Holder

Bladed spokes have a tendency to wind up increasing the time it takes to true or adjust a wheel. This tool provides four slots to hold spokes from 0.8mm to over 2mm width.

http://www.parktool.com/product/bladed-spoke-holder-BSH-4

Screw Gripper

The Screw Gripper sits on the end of your screwdriver and holds the screw in place removing the need to squeeze your fingers in tight spaces.

http://www-uk.wera.de/

Wrenchware

Looking for a way to impress your mechanic friends? How about a tool related set of utensils. No, the pliers don’t work and we don’t know what size the wrenches are. But does it really matter?

http://wrenchwareinc.com/Wrenchware/wrenchware.php

Eat’N Tool

Funny utensils not your deal? How about a utensil that can actually be used as a tool?  …


Neural doping? Would that be cheating?

Posted on 8th December, by CClinton in Industry. Comments Off on Neural doping? Would that be cheating?

I can’t wait for my first experience with a racer on this system. I think it might go like this:

Rider pulls up next to support card.

Rider: “My bike’s not shifting correctly”

Mechanic: “We can help. Hey, where are your shifters?”

Rider: “In my head. This bike is neural.”

Mechanic: “Sorry, we didn’t bring spare brains.”

Don’t get me wrong, this is an intriguing idea and I’d like to check it out in person. I just wonder if the UCI would quickly make up a new rule stating that athletes were not allowed to shift with their brains, that this is cheating when properly used by smarter athletes. Neural Doping?

The Toyota Prius X Parlee Concept Bike – YouTube.


Ready For Some Contests?

Posted on 7th December, by CClinton in Tools. Comments Off on Ready For Some Contests?

As the end of the end of the year approaches, tool companies are feeling the giving spirit. Here are two opportunities to win some equipment for your garage:

30 Days of Giveaways from Kilz

Visit the Kilz Facebook page and “Like” them. this will open their main page where you can fill in their form for your chance to win.

Win a Festool Saw

Visit festoolsweepstakes.com/ for a chance to win a Festool Kapex Sliding Compound Miter Saw. Three simple fields and you are in.


Team Staff Changes

Posted on 6th December, by CClinton in RaceCircuit. Comments Off on Team Staff Changes

Congratulations to Christopher Kreidl who just took the position as head mechanic for Team Tibco for 2012.

Have a team staff update? Hit us up using the form at the bottom of this page.


USA Cycling: 2012 Rule Changes

Posted on 1st December, by CClinton in RaceCircuit. Comments Off on USA Cycling: 2012 Rule Changes

USA Cycling recently released 2012 changes to the rule book. It appears there aren’t any significant changes that relate to mechanics. Notable changes are the removal of a master category, removal of a tandem championship category and the addition of a youth class. One point of interests is the change in usable bikes for juniors 12 and under:

Young juniors must use mass start legal bikes in all races, including time trials: Beginning in 2012,youth and junior riders in the 12 and under age categories will be restricted to mass start legal bikes in all races. These legal bikes cannot have aero bars. The wheels must have no covers and must have at least 16 spokes. These rules will apply to the 13-14 age group in 2013.

More information to be found on their website via 2012 Rule Changes; 30-34 age group …