For all of you guys in the know (I’m just really getting into competitive Bike Racing!)
It seems like there has been a fundamental change in the Bikes as I’ve watched the Tour de France. 1) The frames are “thicker” and 2) The tires are “thicker”.
Is this a fundamental change, and what does it represent?
For a “leisure” rider like myself who would like to get in periodic races (like benefits/fund raisers/community races/etc.), what are you guys favorite brands of Bikes?
mufasa, generally it’s about weight/strength. fatter tubes are structurally stronger so the tube walls can utilise less material/can be thinner. tap your fingernail on some of those funky elliptical downtubes and you’ll realize they’re delicate and thin as eggshell in some spots and like 2mm in others.
i don’t know what you mean about the thicker tires. road tires pretty much go 20-25 mm. are you seeing fatter than that ?
i think the most important thing for you would be buy your bike from a shop where you can set up a good relationship. that being said my personal favorites for mass produces brands right now are bianchi and felt.