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Cycling Aerodynamics in 1914 Germany

Old 06-06-22, 12:58 PM
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The first Zeppelin launched in 1900. By contrast, these are full of hot air
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Looks like two Boobs racing!
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very cool
it took 70 yrs just for disk wheels (on bikes) to appear again. And the basic concepts of aero have only been refined, not altered much, from this stuff.
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Both of them looks like they're going very slow. The spectators litter the race track right next to the racers without a hint of concern and even smiling! One of them seems to be walking closely behind the bike. Would not been possible had the bikes been moving at blistering speeds!
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Both of them looks like they're going very slow. The spectators litter the race track right next to the racers without a hint of concern and even smiling! One of them seems to be walking closely behind the bike. Would not been possible had the bikes been moving at blistering speeds!
I don't get the impression that the photo was taken during the race.
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I don't get the impression that the photo was taken during the race.
It can be seen that way but I like my analysis better!
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They haven't started yet. You can see the holders (the guys who keep his rider upright until the starting pistol fires) behind them. And judging from the crowd, they're not stating soon.

One thing people forget - back in that era, the brightest minds around were inventing bike stuff, not aerospace or computers. And no, we haven't gotten brighter over the past century. They thought up a whole lot of stuff that we now look at as brand new.
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They haven't started yet. You can see the holders (the guys who keep his rider upright until the starting pistol fires) behind them. And judging from the crowd, they're not stating soon.

One thing people forget - back in that era, the brightest minds around were inventing bike stuff, not aerospace or computers. And no, we haven't gotten brighter over the past century. They thought up a whole lot of stuff that we now look at as brand new.
The market / industry didn't leave much for the engineers / inventors to explore radically different designs, ideas. They were either deemed unprofitable, looked unsafe to customers, or it was so good, government agencies decides to buy it at a premium price and keep it to themselves, never seeing the light of day.
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One thing people forget - back in that era, the brightest minds around were inventing bike stuff, not aerospace or computers. And no, we haven't gotten brighter over the past century. They thought up a whole lot of stuff that we now look at as brand new.
What we have got is a century of global collective scientific knowledge. So far lesser minds now have a massive advantage over the very best minds of 100 years ago.
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Originally Posted by 79pmooney View Post
They haven't started yet. You can see the holders (the guys who keep his rider upright until the starting pistol fires) behind them. And judging from the crowd, they're not stating soon.

One thing people forget - back in that era, the brightest minds around were inventing bike stuff, not aerospace or computers. And no, we haven't gotten brighter over the past century. They thought up a whole lot of stuff that we now look at as brand new.
Or in the past 100,000 years for that matter. Obviously.
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back in that era, the brightest minds around were inventing bike stuff, not aerospace or computers
I think back in that era all the 1890s boom bikes were being tossed into smelters for the arms race leading to the Great War.
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