What's in the name?

51 is considered to be the most prized bib number to wear in grand tour cycling.  Pinned to first time tour winners that would go on to be legends: Eddie Merckx, Bernard Hinault, and Bernard Thevenet the number 51 became “lucky” during the classic era of cycling. At 51 SPEEDSHOP we believe that by making smart choices, you create your own luck. 

51 is considered the most prized bib number to wear in grand tour cycling.  This began in 1969 when Merckx won his first tour which marked the beginning of a run where 4 tour victories over the next 9 years, were won from the rider who donned the number 51.  Pinned to legendary Tour de France winners: Eddie Merckx, Bernard Hinault, and Bernard Thevenet the number 51 became “lucky” during the classic era of cycling.

Athletes wearing the 51 bib number ride with more confidence and set their expectations high above the rest, often considered the “Patron” of the peloton. 

Bike Fit Experts

When you work with something every day, as we do with bikes and their components (should consider saying “humans” or “athletes” or “riders”), you develop an understanding of what works. Comfort, power and aerodynamics are what we strive for when fitting athletes to their bikes. These principles are at the core of our development when designing products.  Invisible to the wind, seamless with the athlete and bulletproof when you need them to perform.

Why (This should probably state why we felt we needed to make this)

A rider’s hands are the first thing to see the wind when riding in the aero position.  The hands are also an important part of rider fit.  Relaxation, ergonomics, and rider comfort promote SPEED on the bike. Each extension can be tailored for height and length based on individual rider preferences.

 Design Process

As bike fit experts, we’ve spent over a decade conforming athletes to other companies products.  We took a reverse engineering approach utilizing 3D printed segments to build extensions to the rider’s hands.  

  • Carbon fiber construction
  • Cut lines for individual tailoring (max cut line for shifter use)
  • Termination angle promotes neutral wrist
  • High termination
  • Something about the database

 

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