Flanders tech: Picking bikes for the cobbles of the Tour of Flanders

Most of this year's Flanders peloton opted to ride straightforward race bikes, mostly using 25mm tubulars.

The Tour of Flanders is a funny race when it comes to material selection. Many riders use it as a testing ground for Paris-Roubaix the following weekend and ride more compliant frames, wheels and tires. Others focus on maximizing performance and stick to their normal race frames, using larger section tires as their only concession to the brutality of the Belgian cobbles.

Sunday morning in Brugges, the favorites — and most of the peloton — chose straightforward race bikes with mostly 25mm tubulars. Two Skil-Shimano riders were riding cyclocross bikes with Di2. Others, like several FdJ riders, were riding Lapierre’s endurance-style Sensium as they have for the last several years.

Others used large Roubaix tires on their race wheels. Chain catchers were the other item that most teams have installed.

Be sure to check back for more Roubaix bike modifications and special equipment after the weekend!

2011 Flanders tech, Geraint Thomas' custom painted Dogma
2011 Flanders tech, Geraint Thomas' Veloflex Roubaix tubulars
2011 Flanders tech, Geraint Thomas' O-Symmetric chainrings
2011 Flanders tech, Juan Antonio Flecha's FMB Paris-Roubaix tires.
2011 Flanders tech, Matt Wilson's climbing notes
2011 Flanders tech, Tyler Farrar's chainring
2011 Flanders tech, Movistar's Campy electric
2011 Flanders tech, taped battery
2011 Flanders tech, Campagnolo hubs
2011 Flanders tech, Skil-Shimano cyclocross bikes
2011 Flanders tech, Martin Reimer's cyclocross bike
2011 Flanders tech, André Greipel
2011 Flanders tech, Alessandro Ballan's cheat sheet
2011 Flanders tech, Alessandro Ballan's chain catcher
2011 Flanders tech, Nick Nuyens' Specialized Roubaix tubulars
2011 Flanders tech, Dominique Rollin's Lapierre Sensium
2011 Flanders tech, Euskaltel-Euskadi's Orbea Orca
2011 Flanders tech, Dura-Ace wheels
2011 Flanders tech, Boonen's spare bike