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Uci Bike Frame Rules

It is also illegal for two people to ride a bicycle intended for one person or to have headphones that cover both ears while cycling. Proof that the rules are always open to interpretation is the recently unveiled Lotus/Hope track bike, designed for British Cycling to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. It`s a bike that pushes the boundaries more than anything we`ve seen in recent years. Despite its radical appearance, it adheres to UCI rules, has a sticker on the frame and can be purchased for £15,000, and speaking to British Cycling and Hope recently revealed that the UCI was involved throughout development and passed inspection at the first track race he contested. The rule at the time was to ensure that manufacturers did not make bicycles that were structurally weak but too lightweight. Since then, we and other manufacturers have worked hard to refine our carbon fiber overlays and can now safely make bikes that weigh less. Therefore, you can buy a bike that facilitates mountaineering and a professional can not ride. So what does the UCI sticker mean? It simply means that someone in the organization has made sure that a new bike meets all the necessary technical rules. Once homologation has been granted, the bike brand can put a sticker on production bikes and the bike will then be listed in the UCI database of approved frames. The UCI has yet to confirm the discussions, and the panel`s head of innovation, Michael Rogers, told CyclingTips: « At this stage, the UCI is not in a position to comment on this. » However, several stakeholders involved in the review told CyclingTips that they expect « a decent amount of change » and stressed that « a lot is being reviewed. » In addition, some industry insiders involved in the review process told us that the goal is to « simplify and even relax some rules. » Apparently, the UCI does not intend to introduce new restrictions, but to promulgate regulations that « help both manufacturers and stewards ».

CyclingTips believes that the UCI is reviewing its technical rules and rules for road and track racing. Several industry insiders confirmed to CyclingTips that the UCI is currently in consultation with many stakeholders, with a revision of the current rules expected before the next Olympic cycle. This list is often where bike media get the first hints that a new bike is coming soon, as they are often launched here months before a new bike is discovered in the real world or on the market. I`m sure marketing departments hate this list! Yes, there can be complications in terms of TV rights and data ownership, but the requirement that all bikes must carry at least broadcast equipment is the first step in making race coverage more exciting for fans. With the equipment mounted on each bike, no rider will be at a disadvantage and we will have photos of the critical times at each race. We could even go further and require all drivers to publish their performance data after each race. One of the biggest changes brought by the UCI in cycling was the creation of the ProTour in 2005. These rules meant that ProTour teams, with the UCI awarding the ProTour license to 20 teams, had to participate in all races on the ProTour calendar. These races were originally all held in Europe, and after 2007, the UCI began sanctioning races around the world.

I reached out to Graham Shrive, Director of Engineering at Factor Bike (and former Head of Engineering at Cervelo) to find out what such a rule change could mean for future bike design. The reason for this change was that Great Britain would send English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish teams under ICA rules and various other countries were upset about this. The other interesting thing is the voting rules. The approval process was put in place, according to the UCI, to « improve and simplify various aspects of competitive cycling », with benefits such as adding value to approved equipment, knowing riders and customers that a frame can be fitted, reducing the checks carried out by stewards at an event and avoiding the rejection of a motorcycle. The new rules are a recast of a small part of Article 1.3.020 in the existing UCI Technical Manual. The UCI has long checked the dimensions of the tube of bicycles, in particular that a tube must remain between 2.5 and 8 cm in each direction. In recent years, the UCI has relaxed this regulation with regard to forks, stays and guy wires, which are allowed up to a minimum thickness of 1 cm. UCI certification not only makes life easier for stewards, but also allows you as a consumer to calm down. We opted for full UCI certification because we want you to know that we want to be China`s leading supplier of carbon fiber road bikes. Currently, the UCI technical regulations provide for a section that applies to road, track and cyclocross bikes, and a separate section for time trial bikes and some track bikes. According to the leaked document, it appears that the UCI will soon merge some of these two sections.

This means, among other things, that the compensation triangles at major level crossings – currently only legal for time trial bikes and rail bikes – could be used for all bikes in the future. Such compensation triangles are already visible on many time trial machines, reminiscent of Trek`s concept of speed. « It`s like asking a parent who is their favorite (least popular?) child. There are a number of them, so I am not sure we would be able to point to one thing as a silver bullet. In general, I`m a proponent of simplifying the rules and I think there are several ways to do that in the current definitions, » he says. When asked if he thinks the UCI`s approval process has been a good thing since its inception, Chris Yu, Specialized`s integrated brand/technology manager, says he has reduced the risk of banning new bikes. One of the most controversial rules for bikes is the weight rule. In fact, almost every year, a magazine will publish an article telling you that this is the year when the weight rule of the bike will change. The weight limit for bicycles weighing less than 6.8 kg was set in the Lugano Charter in 1996. And this comment from Shrive made my mind spiral.

When I first read about the rule changes, I was thinking exclusively about aerodynamic gains, but these changes could mean real changes in the way bikes are made, how they ride and much more. Looking at the mountain bike world, recent versions of bikes such as the Mondraker Podium and Canyon Exceed each feature impressively flattened top tube shapes that could now be used in other disciplines. I hope you can now see that the UCI has set the rules and that we and all the other cycling federations must respect them. The UCI has created the Equipment Commission. The Commission was created to develop « a new UCI approach to innovation and technology ». As you can imagine, the UCI also has aerodynamic rules. What we were always talking about was the 3:1 ratio. This ratio meant that the frame tubes could not exceed a ratio of 3:1 for length to width. The rule was abandoned about two years ago. The wheel must be perpendicular to the valve hole.

There must be good evidence that these rules are being followed, and all images in the test must be taken from multiple angles. Cyclists must respect all specified speed limits. In addition, no cyclist may ride at a speed higher than that which is appropriate and prudent under the given conditions. At the university, the speed limit on campus bike lanes is 8 miles per hour. Now you know what the UCI sticker on your bike means and what it means for the bike company. Now it`s up to you, we want to know if the UCI sticker influences your decision to buy a new road bike? The UCI says the rules are about rider safety and sporting purity, but also technological excellence. This is how the UCI defines itself in terms of controlling the design of bicycles. Speaking of changes to the head tube, the leaked document states: « Additional frame components may be added between the head tube and the handlebar stem.

These must be within the dimensions of the steering tube box. ». Admittedly, some bike designers somewhere have intentions for this new rule, and it will be interesting to see if these are cable management solutions or something more. Over the years, CyclingTips has criticised the UCI for its sometimes loosely worded and even poorly enforced rules. We often question UCI priorities when elevator traffic jams are banned and riders are disqualified for bidding on children, but rider safety can slip down the priority list. Sidewalk cycling is prohibited on the university campus, except in the few areas where there is no parallel road or bike path. UCI bikes cannot be used on green spaces, pedestrian areas, pedestrian ramps or anywhere there are signs prohibiting cycling. A sticker is then issued. The focal point is the UCI logo with a code that identifies the model and registration data. There are even rules for the position of the sticker on the frame. No hiding place under the bottom bracket! « The label must be visible, indelible and inseparable from the frame, » says the UCI, and for most frame manufacturers, this means the seat tube. « So it`s something where different rules could have an immediate impact on all the different frame designs, not just aerodynamic bikes or TT. This could change all bikes.

Since the UCI is ready to relax and refine some of its equipment rules, let`s take a look at the rules we would change. « In short, yes. Whenever we design a bike for any type of road racing application, we have to consider the impact of UCI rules. The most important concerns the « UCI boxes ». You`re probably familiar with them, but they`re very prescriptive and go beyond the tread depth of some pipes. Previously, we were often limited in the minimum size of the tube (which was limited) and the location of the guy wires, » he explains.

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