Dalai wrote:parawolf wrote: They sell you something that isn't legal according to 3:1. Buyer beware? LBS problem? vendor/distributor problem?
As an athlete racing under the UCI rules, it is required that we know the current rules so I say buyer beware...
Still not happy my 8 year old integrated vison tech aerobars are now deemed illegal
I bet you're glad that you don't own an RMIT superbike
Seriously though - rules, interpretation of rules and enforcement of same change in many sports, I used to rally, the rules in that sport about legal vehicles constantly change and it cost a fortune to re-do things after a change - when they banned AvGas I had to get a new engine etc ... - it's the nature of a sport where the rulemakers are trying to guide the sport in a direction that they think it should go. In the case of cycle racing, the primacy of athlete over machine, for example, is the overriding principle and one that I agree with.
You only have to look at the debacle that is swimming at the moment to see what happens when a ruling body gets it totally wrong. I don't think the UCI is the bogeyman, I don't always agree with the decisions (the junior racing wheels rule means that kids parents all have to fork out for very rare wheels for example, anyone got a pair of old alloy 12 spoke Campy Shamal's handy? .... ) but they are not evil bogeymen, no matter how they were portrayed in The Flying Scotsman
The current wheel rules are ostensibly about safety - remember the 4/8 spoke Spinergy wheels that exploded on impact? Many of you probably don't (before your time) but you do know about r-sys (how they passed the test? the test is b0rked!) - at least they don't create spears when they break I guess ... Testing wheels is a little bit expensive - but maybe that's a good thing. If it means that (apropos testing) racing is safer then I'm all for it.