Equipment To Blame

Discussion in 'Road Cycling' started by Time Cop, Jun 7, 2004.

  1. Time Cop

    Time Cop Guest

    wrote:
    > Team USPS Report from Philly, By Dan Osipow
    > "We went into the final circuit in perfect position - just off the
    > front of the peloton, three of our riders right ahead of Max van
    > Heeswijk in-line.
    > But as they came down into the final few hundred meters, Max started
    > having drive-train problems. His chain came off once and he managed to
    > shift and get it back on, the boys up front still working to set up him
    > up perfectly for the sprint finish.
    > Then at 400 meters, disaster - on the verge of the highest speeds of the
    > race his chain came off again and there was simply no way he could
    > recover with that short a distance left and contest the sprint. He
    > basically had to sit up and roll into the finish - oh-so-close, but
    > that's bike racing..."




    Sounds like a certain equipment manufacturer might be getting a phone
    call about their product. Reminds me of the 1982 Giro when Laurent
    Fignon's Campagnolo Super Record titanium bottom bracket gave out,
    resulting in a bad crash.



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  2. Time Cop wrote:

    > wrote:
    > > Team USPS Report from Philly, By Dan Osipow
    > > "We went into the final circuit in perfect position - just off the
    > > front of the peloton, three of our riders right ahead of Max van
    > > Heeswijk in-line.
    > > But as they came down into the final few hundred meters, Max started
    > > having drive-train problems. His chain came off once and he managed to
    > > shift and get it back on, the boys up front still working to set up him
    > > up perfectly for the sprint finish.
    > > Then at 400 meters, disaster - on the verge of the highest speeds of the
    > > race his chain came off again and there was simply no way he could
    > > recover with that short a distance left and contest the sprint. He
    > > basically had to sit up and roll into the finish - oh-so-close, but
    > > that's bike racing..."

    >
    >
    >
    > Sounds like a certain equipment manufacturer might be getting a phone
    > call about their product. Reminds me of the 1982 Giro when Laurent
    > Fignon's Campagnolo Super Record titanium bottom bracket gave out,
    > resulting in a bad crash.


    Nah, probably the mechanic who worked on the bike will get 40 lashes
    with an al-dente noodle. Remember, Max opened the races with a
    successful sprint.
     
  3. On Mon, 07 Jun 2004 22:30:27 GMT, Time Cop
    <[email protected]> wrote:


    >
    >Sounds like a certain equipment manufacturer might be getting a phone
    >call about their product. Reminds me of the 1982 Giro when Laurent
    >Fignon's Campagnolo Super Record titanium bottom bracket gave out,
    >resulting in a bad crash.


    I don't think that happened in the Giro. It was in the Autumn Grand
    Prix or Blois-Chaville or some version of a fall classic in France.

    JT
     
  4. Jay Hill

    Jay Hill Guest

    Time Cop wrote:
    > wrote:


    > Sounds like a certain equipment manufacturer might be getting a phone
    > call about their product.


    I don't do Shimano, but it's the mechanic's fault here, not the
    manufacturer's.
     
  5. logarto

    logarto Guest

    Time Cop <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > wrote:
    > Reminds me of the 1982 Giro when Laurent
    > Fignon's Campagnolo Super Record titanium bottom bracket gave out,
    > resulting in a bad crash.
    >


    Tell me THAT picture isn't out in the internet somewhere. No helmet
    Figgy sitting dazed on the Pavment with a pedal and crankarm still
    strapped to his foot.

    And like the end of a lot of races back then he was waaaay off the
    front too.
     
  6. Tuschinski

    Tuschinski Guest

    Jay Hill wrote:
    > Time Cop wrote:
    > > wrote:
    > > Sounds like a certain equipment manufacturer might be getting a phone
    > > call about their product.

    > I don't do Shimano, but it's the mechanic's fault here, not the
    > manufacturer's.




    Hmmm... there are plenty of things waiting to go wrong in 150-200 kms.
    Maybe a pebble hit his drivetrain during the course and put it outa
    whack? Heck... a piece of plastic will do the same thing, or a twig,
    piece of string, etc etc.

    So I doubt there will be more than a litttle cursing



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  7. Chris

    Chris Guest

    "Time Cop" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > wrote:
    > > Team USPS Report from Philly, By Dan Osipow
    > > "We went into the final circuit in perfect position - just off the
    > > front of the peloton, three of our riders right ahead of Max van
    > > Heeswijk in-line.
    > > But as they came down into the final few hundred meters, Max started
    > > having drive-train problems. His chain came off once and he managed to
    > > shift and get it back on, the boys up front still working to set up

    him
    > > up perfectly for the sprint finish.
    > > Then at 400 meters, disaster - on the verge of the highest speeds of

    the
    > > race his chain came off again and there was simply no way he could
    > > recover with that short a distance left and contest the sprint. He
    > > basically had to sit up and roll into the finish - oh-so-close, but
    > > that's bike racing..."

    >
    >
    >
    > Sounds like a certain equipment manufacturer might be getting a phone
    > call about their product. Reminds me of the 1982 Giro when Laurent
    > Fignon's Campagnolo Super Record titanium bottom bracket gave out,
    > resulting in a bad crash.


    Wrong race. That was a northern classic (GW? Flech Wallone?) in 1983 where
    he was OTF with a good chance to win. If it also happened in the 1982 Giro,
    then he deserved to fall the second time. He looked absolutely stunned
    sitting on the ground as the group was bearing down on him. That was one of
    the great cycling photos of the era.

    I was told that through 1983 the Renault cycling team had been using a lot
    of experimental ultra-light (for the times) gear and not always the
    components sold by Campag. A lot of that crap was CP (so called
    "commercially pure") titanium and reliable titanium alloys (practically all
    that are used now) were very hard to come by before the Soviet Union
    imploded.

    Now that I think about it, I think I recall a pedal spindle breaking at a
    critical moment. Is that what happened in the Giro? I can still see Larry on
    the ground with one crank sitting there separate from his bike and that was
    definitely not the Giro...

    In 1984 Team Renault got rid of all CP titanium and also went to the 400
    gram (very robust) Mavic SSC rims. It did nothing to slow them down since
    Fignon stil took the Tour, Barteaux had the MJ from the 14th until Larry
    wanted it, Mottet won the Tour of the Future. The only measure of failure
    that year was all about Hinault leaving for the new LVC team. Results like
    that set back weight weenies at least a decade or more.

    This is all second hand info other than seeing Larry on the ground (I also
    saw the SSC rims in use for road stages), so it may not be totally accurate.
     
  8. On Wed, 9 Jun 2004 11:00:40 -0700, "Chris"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    >"Time Cop" <[email protected]> wrote in message


    >>
    >> Sounds like a certain equipment manufacturer might be getting a phone
    >> call about their product. Reminds me of the 1982 Giro when Laurent
    >> Fignon's Campagnolo Super Record titanium bottom bracket gave out,
    >> resulting in a bad crash.

    >
    >Wrong race. That was a northern classic (GW? Flech Wallone?) in 1983 where
    >he was OTF with a good chance to win.


    I'm pretty sure it was Blois-Chaville or another version of that
    race..

    JT
     
  9. kaiser

    kaiser Guest

    Oh, I remember so many people who crashed due to their obsession with
    using Campy titanium parts on crucial load-bearing, moving parts.
    I've seen them break so many times, I lost count.

    Time Cop <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > wrote:
    > > Team USPS Report from Philly, By Dan Osipow
    > > "We went into the final circuit in perfect position - just off the
    > > front of the peloton, three of our riders right ahead of Max van
    > > Heeswijk in-line.
    > > But as they came down into the final few hundred meters, Max started
    > > having drive-train problems. His chain came off once and he managed to
    > > shift and get it back on, the boys up front still working to set up him
    > > up perfectly for the sprint finish.
    > > Then at 400 meters, disaster - on the verge of the highest speeds of the
    > > race his chain came off again and there was simply no way he could
    > > recover with that short a distance left and contest the sprint. He
    > > basically had to sit up and roll into the finish - oh-so-close, but
    > > that's bike racing..."

    >
    >
    >
    > Sounds like a certain equipment manufacturer might be getting a phone
    > call about their product. Reminds me of the 1982 Giro when Laurent
    > Fignon's Campagnolo Super Record titanium bottom bracket gave out,
    > resulting in a bad crash.
    >
    >
    >
    > --
     
  10. warren

    warren Guest

    In article <[email protected]>, kaiser
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Oh, I remember so many people who crashed due to their obsession with
    > using Campy titanium parts on crucial load-bearing, moving parts.
    > I've seen them break so many times, I lost count.


    Nothing stronger than drilled out Zeus cranks and deraillers! I never
    did perfect my plan for drilled out spokes... I blame the lawyers.

    -WG
     
  11. Howard Kveck

    Howard Kveck Guest

    In article <[email protected]>,
    "Chris" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I was told that through 1983 the Renault cycling team had been using a lot
    > of experimental ultra-light (for the times) gear and not always the
    > components sold by Campag. A lot of that crap was CP (so called
    > "commercially pure") titanium and reliable titanium alloys (practically all
    > that are used now) were very hard to come by before the Soviet Union
    > imploded.


    It's true that a lot of early Ti components were made of CP. There are a
    few different grades of it, but none of it is all that tough. Once the
    aerospace industry got opened up a bit in the mid to late '80s, a bunch of
    much better varieties of titanium started being used, such as 6Al4V (which
    is what almost all Ti components are made of now). A lot of titanium does
    come out of the former Soviet area.

    Remember the Teledyne Titan frame? That was one of (if not the first)
    commercially available titanium frames. Those were made from CP, but that
    was just one of the problems with them.

    --
    tanx,
    Howard

    "Copper will never be gold"
    Shellac

    remove YOUR SHOES to reply, ok?
     
  12. Chris

    Chris Guest

    "Howard Kveck" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > "Chris" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > > I was told that through 1983 the Renault cycling team had been using a

    lot
    > > of experimental ultra-light (for the times) gear and not always the
    > > components sold by Campag. A lot of that crap was CP (so called
    > > "commercially pure") titanium and reliable titanium alloys (practically

    all
    > > that are used now) were very hard to come by before the Soviet Union
    > > imploded.

    >
    > It's true that a lot of early Ti components were made of CP. There are

    a
    > few different grades of it, but none of it is all that tough. Once the
    > aerospace industry got opened up a bit in the mid to late '80s, a bunch of
    > much better varieties of titanium started being used, such as 6Al4V (which
    > is what almost all Ti components are made of now). A lot of titanium does
    > come out of the former Soviet area.
    >
    > Remember the Teledyne Titan frame? That was one of (if not the first)
    > commercially available titanium frames. Those were made from CP, but that
    > was just one of the problems with them.


    Yup, I remember all of that. I also remember early Colnago ti models failing
    when he used CP tubes, even after American manufacturers were using alloys.
    I really liked the twin down tube design that Colnago had at one point in
    steel alloy, carbon fiber and CP ti. The ti frames were known to break. A
    lot of folks must have assumed Colnago would use the same alloy that all of
    the US producers were using.

    For a while, the only alloy ti frames were produced in the US but now CP ti
    is gone from cycling as far as I can tell.

    >
    > --
    > tanx,
    > Howard
    >
    > "Copper will never be gold"
    > Shellac
    >
    > remove YOUR SHOES to reply, ok?
     
  13. Chris

    Chris Guest

    "John Forrest Tomlinson" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > On Wed, 9 Jun 2004 11:00:40 -0700, "Chris"
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >
    > >"Time Cop" <[email protected]> wrote in message

    >
    > >>
    > >> Sounds like a certain equipment manufacturer might be getting a phone
    > >> call about their product. Reminds me of the 1982 Giro when Laurent
    > >> Fignon's Campagnolo Super Record titanium bottom bracket gave out,
    > >> resulting in a bad crash.

    > >
    > >Wrong race. That was a northern classic (GW? Flech Wallone?) in 1983

    where
    > >he was OTF with a good chance to win.

    >
    > I'm pretty sure it was Blois-Chaville or another version of that
    > race..
    >
    > JT


    The weather was nice like late spring but you may be right. Can anyone
    confirm the Giro incident?
     
  14. Howard Kveck

    Howard Kveck Guest

    In article <[email protected]>,
    "Chris" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > "Howard Kveck" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]


    > > Remember the Teledyne Titan frame? That was one of (if not the first)
    > > commercially available titanium frames. Those were made from CP, but that
    > > was just one of the problems with them.

    >
    > Yup, I remember all of that. I also remember early Colnago ti models failing
    > when he used CP tubes, even after American manufacturers were using alloys.
    > I really liked the twin down tube design that Colnago had at one point in
    > steel alloy, carbon fiber and CP ti. The ti frames were known to break. A
    > lot of folks must have assumed Colnago would use the same alloy that all of
    > the US producers were using.


    I have a mid '90s Colnago BiTitan. I do know that a bunch of those
    broke, but mine's still going. I gotta say, it is one creaky frame. It
    certainly isn't any stiffer than anything else on the market (that was the
    selling point of the twin tubes - ha!) and probably most carbon frames are
    stiffer and ride nicer.

    > For a while, the only alloy ti frames were produced in the US but now CP ti
    > is gone from cycling as far as I can tell.


    And that's a good thing. I sure make a lot of parts out of it at work
    sometimes. I'd much rather run 6-4.

    --
    tanx,
    Howard

    "Copper will never be gold"
    Shellac

    remove YOUR SHOES to reply, ok?
     
  15. brian roth

    brian roth Guest

    "Chris" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > "John Forrest Tomlinson" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    > > On Wed, 9 Jun 2004 11:00:40 -0700, "Chris"
    > > <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >
    > > >
    > > >"Time Cop" <[email protected]> wrote in message

    >
    > > >>
    > > >> Sounds like a certain equipment manufacturer might be getting a phone
    > > >> call about their product. Reminds me of the 1982 Giro when Laurent
    > > >> Fignon's Campagnolo Super Record titanium bottom bracket gave out,
    > > >> resulting in a bad crash.
    > > >
    > > >Wrong race. That was a northern classic (GW? Flech Wallone?) in 1983

    > where
    > > >he was OTF with a good chance to win.

    > >
    > > I'm pretty sure it was Blois-Chaville or another version of that
    > > race..
    > >
    > > JT

    >
    > The weather was nice like late spring but you may be right. Can anyone
    > confirm the Giro incident?


    JFT is correct in that it was Blois Chaville. The original poster had
    the correct year, 1982. It happened with about 20 K to finish.
     
  16. brian roth

    brian roth Guest

    [email protected] (brian roth) wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...

    >
    > JFT is correct in that it was Blois Chaville. The original poster had
    > the correct year, 1982. It happened with about 20 K to finish.




    I've got a photo of the above incident, if anyone can host it.
     
  17. "brian roth" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected].com...
    > [email protected] (brian roth) wrote in message

    news:<[email protected]>...
    >
    > >
    > > JFT is correct in that it was Blois Chaville. The original poster had
    > > the correct year, 1982. It happened with about 20 K to finish.

    >
    >
    >
    > I've got a photo of the above incident, if anyone can host it.


    Someone posted a link to it a year or so ago. I tried googling, but didn't
    find it.

    I did find this crazy thing, though:

    http://www.zientzia.net/informazioa/elhuyar/1994/82/images/A82027-e.jpg
     
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