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Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2005 08:50:47 -0400 (EDT)
From: <cjscheiner@pol.net>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
In-Reply-To: <MONKEYFOODEhUlrfNF500006e4e@monkeyfood.nt.phred.org>
Subject: [CR]TDF and BIKES

I am just a recreational solo rider who enjoys leisurely 20 -40 mile rides in the country on week ends. The whole world of professional racing is foreign to me. So here is my question for the group:

What per cent of the success in the Tour De France is attributable to the bike that is being ridden, rather than the rider and the team? If the number one and two finishers of this years TDF had been riding each others bikes (custom fitted to their anatomy of course) would the results have been different? What would happen if modern TDF participants were required to ride only the classic bikes we talk about on this list?

Thank you.
C.J. Scheiner, Brooklyn, NY