Aerodynamic Bicycle Shaves 1.6 Seconds Off Per Mile
The Cervelo P5 was modified to create the least drag possible, with lower handlebars, internal hydraulic brakes cables, and a tapered rear edge to the seat.
Cervélo has developed the P5 bicycle, which is being billed as the most advanced and aerodynamic triathlon and time trial bike ever engineered. Aerospace-grade computational fluid dynamics software and virtual wind tunnel tests were used to design the bike, and its features were modified to create the least amount of drag possible.
The handlebars were lowered, hidden hydraulic brakes cables were added, and a tapered rear edge on the seat post was created. Does all this technology make us better athletes? PopSci reports that the modifications mean 75 grams less drag than the bike's predecessor, which could result in gains of 1.6 seconds per mile, and a gold-medal run in the 44-kilometer Olympic time trial. You can learn more from the engineers behind the P5 in the video below: