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June 3rd, 2014To the top
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Race weekend

June 3rd, 2014To the top

Bram Moens racing again after a 9 year break

June 1 Bram Moens participated in two races on the cycle track in Peer, Belgium: the one hour race and the 200 metre sprint with flying start. Bram concluded the one hour race with a fourth place. He raced in first position throughout about 70% of the race, which he described as "somewhat foolish" since stayering was allowed during the race. Maybe a podium place had been possible with a somewhat different strategy during the race. Bram was third in the 200 metre sprint.
 

Preparation Viking Tour Norway

May 19th, 2014To the top

A small update

Preparation Viking Tour NorwayWith two more months before the race, I'm doing training laps of 160 km. Thanks to the tuned M5 CHR these are covered with an average of 40 km/h, while manoeuvring through everyday traffic.

In my case, to reach 40 km/h (no wind) only a heart rate of 114 is needed. For comparison: I can maintain a rate of 154 for a full hour and my heart rate in rest is around 32.

The bike is now equipped with the lowest available seat support of 30 mm, HED-3 rear wheel, Shimano 16 spoke RS 31 front wheel, Continental 4000 S II tyres, Vredestein latex tubes, Lightning Carbon cranks (53-34) of 185 mm, SRAM X-0 10-speed shifters, M5 Topbag of 17 ltr. on a carbon carrier. Very aerodynamic solution, because it blends fully with head/helmet and part of the upper body.
 

Foam mold for M5 CHR Tail Bag gradually taking shape

May 18th, 2014To the top
Foam mold for M5 CHR Tail Bag gradually taking shapeSometimes there's a setback... First the mould of the first version of the carbon carrier warped in the oven in March. Last April for the first time in thirty years of working with resins a mould failed to separate from its parent form, despite eight hotwax impregnations I did before. Apart from a lot of annoyance this meant a significant delay in the realization of the CHR's Tail Bag.

The project is now back on the right track and in a week the first mould parts can be taken from the plug. The luggage fairing (40 cm wide, 50 long and 30 high, volume around 25 litres) fits beautifully to the rider and has a lid on top. Some Velcro is sufficient to keep the Tail Bag attached to the carrier. Rear light (LED) can be integrated. Weight of carbon / kevlar Tail Bag will be around 600 grams. The supporting carbon carrier of about 100 grams is already available.
Foam mold for M5 CHR Tail Bag gradually taking shapeFoam mold for M5 CHR Tail Bag gradually taking shapeFoam mold for M5 CHR Tail Bag gradually taking shape
 

New: Aero version of Lightning Carbon Cranks (modified by M5)

April 30th, 2014To the top
New: Aero version of Lightning Carbon Cranks (modified by M5)Leading up to the Viking Tour in Norway at the end of July I need to fine-tune the material to be able to participate more or less in the front of the race, being somewhat older than the average contester... A number of modifications are already taken care of, like the much lighter and, more important, well fitting M5 carbon bicycle shoes. Then there's the altered seat, which now has a more flat radius at the top, resulting in a smaller frontal area and a better aerodynamical position on the bike.

Weight reduction from the combination Lightning/M5 cranks, bottom bracket bearings, Speedplay X-1 pedals and the M5 carbon shoes is one full kilogram (lightweight set 1020 gram, standard set at least 2020 gram)

The last project which is currently worked on and of which one template is now finished, is the earlier announced luggage/streamline fairing of 35 to 40 litre in volume. It's expected to provide 2 to 3 km gain at 40 km/h. This may sound as little, but to increase speed by 2 km/h requires 16% more power. And that's 7 to 8 more heartbeats per minute extra for most people!
New: Aero version of Lightning Carbon Cranks (modified by M5)
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