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· Squirrel Hunter
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bonkmiester said:
why are these guys still carrying water bottles?
Maybe they spent a little time in a wind tunnel.

http://www.analyticcycling.com/RiderAeroStudy.html
John Cobb said:
John Cobb has done studies of the aerodynamic drag on riders. The data from one of his studies, dated January 11, 2000, is analyzed here.

Conclusions:
Keep the jersey zipper zipped.
Ride on the drops.
Keep your drink bottles on the frame.
Carrying a drink bottle is better than not.

Wear an Aeropak under the jersey but better yet, keep the bottles on the frame.
Placement of aerobars is highly dependent on the rider...
 

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magnolialover said:
As someone else said, the weight of a water bottle ain't gonna matter much in a sprint really. If they lose a race because they're carrying a water bottle, well... Maybe they shouldn't be a pro racer.
when your on the flats the weight of your bike doesn't really matter (within obvious limits).
 
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