Soviet riders with long chains on road

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Steponas
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by Steponas

Soviet riders used long chains on road in 1980s , they thought it means less resistance = easy to turn , the chain was only in tension on big ring and biger cogs.
Is there science to support Soviet theory ?

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N.T
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by N.T

No, they just didn`t know how to shorten them.
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pritchet74
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by pritchet74

I read something somewhere once that supported it. I have my chain as long as possible when in the small cog & small ring.

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by asphaltdude

Hm...... maybe it makes a minor difference.....

But some Soviets also believe PMP L-shaped cranks had beneficial effects....
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pritchet74
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by pritchet74

Ya, that is where they were crazy though! :wink:

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by Johnny Rad

Did the Soviets introduce Biopace rings, too?

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F1_Fan
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by F1_Fan

pritchet74 wrote:I read something somewhere once that supported it. I have my chain as long as possible when in the small cog & small ring.


There was an article about Alexi Grewal 3 or 4 years ago that mentioned his belief in this technique.

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by BBAGDAN

Shortening the chain would have taken jobs away from a few workers at the central chain production facility.

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