Lots of folks like to debate endlessly about the speed of bicycles and how much aerodynamics, tires, drive-train losses, etc. effect speed. I've decided that there are things more interesting to me than this particular debate, so I'll leave those discussions for others. However, I did find this picture in this thread over on the Bent Rider Online message board here:
I think this is a very cool picture so I'm posting it here. From left to right you have:
- A rider on with his hands on the flat section of a bike with a conventional drop handlebar
- A rider with his hands on the brake hoods
- A rider with his hands on the drops
- A rider using aerobars
- A rider on a recumbent "high racer"
- A rider on a recumbent "low racer"
But it was a damn fast bike. Of course, I did have my most spectacular crash on that bike and it was such a chick magnet (really, women thought it was the cutest damn bike ever!) that Christine was really happy when I got rid of that bike.