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stickmanstickman Posts: 791
edited February 2009 in Road general
A group of people rode the 1903 route the 'proper' way :)

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  • stickmanstickman Posts: 791
    I read that from 1903-1906 only fixed was allowed, freewheels were allowed from 1906 and derailleurs were allowed from 1937. I don't know about hub gears, i've seen them mentioned but no details. And what are the modern day rules on gearing?
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  • Monty DogMonty Dog Posts: 20,614
    There are plenty of rules on the frame and the wheels but nothing in terms of gears. Derailleurs were about before hub gears - which are often heavy and slightly less efficient. Even though many rode 'fixed' gear they did have 2 sizes of sprocket on the rear wheel and the roads weren't smooth tarmac either - many of the mountain roads were simply dirt tracks.
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  • stickmanstickman Posts: 791
    Yes, and sometimes two sprockets on each side of the hub.

    I wish they would use hub gears nowadays, they are better build quality and have light aluminium shells. They could use derailleurs for time trials where they need/want every microsecond of efficiency.
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  • blorgblorg Posts: 1,169
    @stickman- if hub gears worked better and they were not banned by UCI they would be used, I can assure you. The main benefit of hub gears AFAIK is the weatherproofing, which is not generally a big issue in a race where equipment can be cleaned and prepared especially for the event.
  • stickmanstickman Posts: 791
    Maybe there's a good reason for derailleurs, maybe it's just what people are used to?

    I read that hubs are 6% less efficient mechanically - but they have smoother gear changes and are more aerodynamic, and who could feel a 6% difference anyway?

    With personal experience of riding both I prefer hub gears.
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