Spinergy wheels, apparently too dangerous for the professional peloton.
The U.C.I. has never been known as the most progressive of organizations. Cycling’s world governing body often seems more interested in impeding progress than actually facilitating the advancement of the sport it rules. It took more than a decade to push serial doper Lance Armstrong out of the arena, yet the silly 6.8-kilo minimum bike weight rule remains, forcing mechanics around the globe to artificially weigh down race bikes. Over the years, the U.C.I. has also taken issue with black rain jackets, long socks, tilted saddles, and various other seemingly innocuous misdeeds. Here’s a lighthearted look at the top 10 things banned by the U.C.I. courtesy of our friends at the Global Cycling Network.