Re: [CR]What makes a bike fast?

Example: Framebuilders:Mario Confente
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2004 03:57:52 +0100 (MET)
From: "kim klakow" <>
To: Tom Sanders <>
References: <005c01c3f71a$b29167f0$aebe0b18@C1921978A>
Subject: Re: [CR]What makes a bike fast?

... I always thought it was my legs?

Kim "Zabel" Klakow berlin, germany

> Marcus Helman commented on his Tom Ritchey bike that he never felt fast
> on it. I have had about twenty nice bikes in the last few years, but
> three were much faster than the others, or so it felt to me. Some bikes
> just lunge forward like they are being yanked by a rope tied onto them
> when you mash down, others do not. This is not to say that the others
> are not great bikes, they just do not feel as fast or responsive to a
> good mash on the pedal. Originally I thought that it was a smaller
> chainring, but the fastest bike I ever rode, a Masi 3v, had a 42 tooth
> inner ring and a 53 tooth outer...actually somewhat higher geared than I
> had thought. Folks have suggested to me that it might be an artifact of
> a stiffer bottom bracket (whatever that means) or geometry. I rather
> suspect the latter. Perhaps some interaction of all of the above.
> Tires? Dunno. Surely some of you out there have noted that some bikes
> you own are a lot faster than others. Cost does not seem to be it. I
> had a relatively expensive Battaglin that seemed to amaze many who rode
> at how fast it was.
> I realize that some will just think I'm nuts and that it's all in my
> imagination...perhaps it is. I have heard others remark about how fast
> some bikes they rode were...especially 3 Renshos. If anyone has a good
> idea on it, I'd sure love to hear it.
> Tom Sanders
> Lansing, Mi