Bike, the More Expensive the Better

Bike, the More Expensive the Better

The other day I read an interesting article written by the american pilot professional Neil Bezdek, who is called “Find the cyclist’s right.” Is that the bike is the same as the more expensive the better?

Bike, the More Expensive the Better

In addition to advice on the selection of the coach, the question is raised in which the cyclists at the beginning of the sports career.

Often spend a lot of money on the bikes and high-end components. Without realizing that a good training just under the guidance of a skilled mentor can provide much more in terms of improving sports results.

This is true not only for foreigners, but for us.

Virtually all forums of bikes are arguing over which manufacturer of bicycles (tables, chips, switches, etc.) it is best to.

Basically, everything comes down to the fights as “it is a bike brand, it rolls, but this is not marked and does not roll, you will be a fool if you buy, it is a plug cool and is luxurious”, etc.

But there are also meaningful discussions, which I read with interest. In general, it is a common thing, there’s none of that.

The problem is that the themselves are confident and convince the newcomers that the level and, consequently, the price of the bike affected significantly the results of sporting cyclist and, in my opinion, the opinion is wrong that makes people spend money is not rational.

So if you want the truth

Neil Bezdek said, “I’m professionally involved in cycling since 1977”, he was also a coach and a mechanic of bicycles and since 1990 he sold bicycles and all of my experience suggests that the technical development of bicycles will certainly affect the improvement of the bikers sporting performance, but this influence is much exaggerated. Many circles of lovers of bicycles and, of course, manufacturers don’t think so.

“But that’s my only experience, so, to justify my point of view, I conducted a small study comparing the results of the winners in the race men’s 4 km (track) at the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing and the Olympic games of 1920 in Antwerp” continues.

“The time interval of 88 years it seems to me quite indicative, but the fact that, for comparison, I consider a race on the track, minimizes the effect of the wind and the state of the coating in the result.

Although we all certainly understand that the coverage and the conditions of the track cycling in the 1920s were not like the track of the olympic cycle from 2008. Then:

  1. Antwerp in the year 1920. The route for cyclist. Chase team. Men – 5 minutes. 14.2 seconds.
    2. Beijing 2008. The route for cyclist. Chase team. Men – 3 minutes. A 53.3 seconds.

So. During the 88 years, the result has been improved in 1 min. And 20.9 seconds. In the percentage proportion, the improvement was of 25.8%.

This improvement was achieved due to

– The improvement of training methods.
– National approach to nutrition of the athlete.
– The success of pharmacology, medicine and psychology. And under the term “pharmacology” to date, we mean not only drugs are restorative, but also doping, that is, the constant scandals suggest that it is widely used. In the 1920s, not if you knew anything about it.
– And, finally, progress in the design and manufacture of bicycles.

How can we understand the role that the last item in the bicycle played in the improvement of the result?

For this, I compared the results of the winners of the same Olympics, but in the race of 1500 m. running is a discipline that is less dependent on the sports equipment, so that the improvement in the result in this sport can be accepted only achieved thanks to the first three points:

– The improvement of training systems.
– National approach to nutrition of the athlete.
– The success of pharmacology, medicine and psychology.

Then:

  1. Antwerp 1920-year the 1500 m. Men – 4 min. 01.8 sec.
    2. Beijing 2008 year in a row the 1500 m. Men – 3 min. To 32.9 seconds ( Reference )
    So For 88 years, the result has been improved at 28.9 seconds. In percentage terms, the improvement was 12%.

Bike, the more expensive the better?

I suppose, if you think of improvement of 25.8% in the result of the improvement of the cycle of 12% in the race, we will get a portion of the approximate progress of the construction of the bicycle in the dynamics of the changes in the results of the cycling in the last 88 years, and this participation will be 13.8%.

Certainly do not want to say that the result is perfectly correct, but even that is more or less 5%, it will not change the overall picture.

13,8% is a lot or a little? At first glance, this is a huge increase in the result was achieved only due to the inventory, that is, not depending on the cyclist in the factor.

But let’s look at how the bicycle track race high class worked in the 1920s.

The difference in the outcome between the pilots in this clunker, and this type of spaceship, according to the calculations is only by 13.8%.

Will change from bicycle?

And now estimate, what you get when you replace your modern bike for $ 500 another for $ 3,000?

Do not think that I am trying to convince people to ride a bike cheap low quality, of course, if your bike has a frame curved and hardly rote the wheels, no training will help you.

A bike in which you can achieve sports results high can be quite simple, but must necessarily be of high quality and match the chosen style of floor.

The bike race in the 1920s, is more heavy, but the equipment in it seems that metal, but I assure you, this is a race bike of high quality with excellent performance features and high-tech has made no revolution, they are only slightly better.

Of course, if finances allow to buy a professional bike guy, so why you should deny you this pleasure? But if you already bought it, then practice even more because it is very insulting, when the rivals are ahead of you on bikes, that cost three times cheaper.

Conclusion

Since 1980, the disciplines of cycling began to develop, which requires the requirements are quite different for the bikes, it was necessary to not only ride faster, but also, so to say, jumping from the roofs of the garages.

But these disciplines there are buildings classical effective, whose improvements do not lead to significant changes in the results. Although, of course, the level of the base price may be higher in this case.

In this small study, Neil Bezdek, wanted to show you the way to success in cycling is through daily training under the guidance of an experienced coach. With training methods traditional and a lot of investment in the improvement of the bicycle, as well as in the most new systems of training are justified in the previous steps.

So responding, the bike, the more expensive the better? When you begin to participate regularly in racing elite with the highest level of competition, in which the fate of the first place is often decided by fractions of a second.

 

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