Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Aero Performance VS. Weight Savings

Which One Is More Important?

A: Let's look at a few figures.

Assume a rider uses a conventional bike over a 25 mile flat course time trial. He weights 150 lb, his bike is another 20 lb, and he is producing 185 watts of power.

The aero drag with this scenario would be approximately 6.5 lb using aero bars into a 2 mph headwind between 0 and 5 degrees. With his standard bike, our rider's time would be around 1 hour 7 minutes and 38 seconds. If we reduced the weight of his bike by 3 pounds, that time would come down by just 3 seconds.

However, swap the wheels to an aero design and the drag could be reduced to 6 lb. Even with the additional quarter pound weight of the new wheels, his time saving over 25 miles jumps dramatically to over 1 minute and 30 seconds!  

No contest.

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Brantley SmithAbout Me
Hello, I am Brantley Smith and have been riding road and mountain bikes since the mid 90's. I previously worked here at Ride-A-Bike from mid-97 to mid-2000 doing repairs and other duties around the shop. I attended Wester Carolina University and graduated in 2004 with a computer information systems degree. Add my to your circles.