Friday, June 7, 2013

Friday WTF: Bull Horns?

   Another Friday, another weird bike. This comes from the design world, and is somehow "...made from genuine deer antler and recycled materials." I assume it's an antler that has been hit with the resin treatment and a stem clamp added. 

The last thing some poor people might see

Side shot

   As you are of course aware, being the cycling enthusiast you are, forward facing handlebars are not allowed in mass start races.

   In a sanctioned road race, you must use standars drop handlebars. To quote the USA Cycling Racing Rules:

1J. Bicycles
1J1. Bicycles used in competition must be propelled solely by the rider's legs and shall have the following
. . .
(d) The handlebars ends shall be solidly plugged and attachments thereto shall be fashioned in such a way as to minimize danger without impairing steering. Handlebars used for steering with ends that point forward or upward or that provide support for the rider's forearms are permitted only in time trial and pursuit events (not in Olympic Sprint); however, attachments that point upward on the brakehoods of road bicycles are allowed if the distance between them is greater than 25 cm (9.8 inches). [disqualification]

   Unfortunately, you can only race with these bars in a individual start race format. 

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