Now we know how Stuart O'Grady had the edge at last year's Roubaix.
His handlebar took performance enhancing.....
Spotted at Gent Wevelgem. Stuey's handlebars were again tricked out with this gizmo. I'm very amused. I've never seen something like this.
The Bontrager 'Bzzzkill' Dampers apply the principle behind what is called a 'tuned mass damper'. Its fairly simple to understand and I'll let you read an entry describing it on Wikipedia.
I just learned today that this is applied in bows and even in tennis racquet handles as this patent has it. The reduction of vibration has also been sought after in the impact tool industry and ofcourse dampers are everywhere from bridges to skyscrapers. Here's an excellent site showing their application in a tower.
So the question is, why not apply this to bicycles?
I think its a brilliant little idea but its hard to believe that such a tiny thing at the end of a hollow section will effectively toss out vibration. But hey, if its working for Stuey...
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