Blink and you'll miss it… is this the quickest bike change ever?

No time for hanging around in the worlds with this super quick bike swap

by David Arthur   September 24, 2012  

french bike change

Sometimes in bike racing it's necessary to change bike, whether it's for a mechanical reason or other. In the junior world road race last weekend Quentin Jauregui required a bike change. And he did so in the blink of an eye.

Changing a bike during a race sounds easy enough.However with the peloton hurtling along at 50kph+, stopping, getting off and onto the new bike and back up to speed is going to see you ejected out the back of the group faster than you can say sacré bleu!

Employing a 'cross-style change of bikes allowed the young lad to change bikes literally in the blink of an eye. It's astonishingly quick – we've watched it a dozen times already and can't get our heads around how he managed to run that fast on cleats. And not land on his arse. This isn't one to try at home kids.

Quentin eventually finished 46th.

This isn't the first time we've seen an electric bike change caught on camera. Fabian Cancellara elected to swap bikes during the Tour of Flanders in 2010, and the video went viral on the internet. He went on to win the race.

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Fairly standard cyclocross bike change. He is the French junior cyclocross champion.

posted by handlebarcam [530 posts]
24th September 2012 - 14:43

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not fairly standard cyclocross speeds though

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7468 posts]
24th September 2012 - 14:49

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or fairly standard cyclocross footwear, or fairly standard cyclocross conditions underfoot...

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7468 posts]
24th September 2012 - 14:50

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Certainly quicker than another change I saw in yesterday's race... mechanic stuck the front wheel in the wrong way round, had to take it back out and reinsert, left the QR pointing nicely forward.

Of course, even that is going to be lightning fast compared to a "neutral" service wheel change when you're a foreigner challenging for the overall in the Vuelta and your biggest rival for the win is a local... just ask Cadel Wink

ps Cancellara, 2010, "electric bike change"... Thinking

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8388 posts]
24th September 2012 - 15:35

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Blimey - first time I watched it the mechanics had turned back to the camera before I realised it was all done and dusted!

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3419 posts]
24th September 2012 - 15:49

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Simon_MacMichael wrote:

ps Cancellara, 2010, "electric bike change"... Thinking

Maybe that's where the rumours started…? Wink

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4152 posts]
24th September 2012 - 15:54

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Simon_MacMichael wrote:
Cadel Wink

ps Cancellara, 2010, "electric bike change"... Thinking

Ha, I wondered if anyone would pick up on that

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posted by David Arthur [1677 posts]
24th September 2012 - 16:16

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He changed from a Look to a what?? Thinking

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posted by Gkam84 [9001 posts]
24th September 2012 - 16:39

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How did he do that?

OldRidgeback

posted by OldRidgeback [2288 posts]
24th September 2012 - 20:16

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Erm that's rather efficient, eh what?! Nerd

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posted by jugster [41 posts]
24th September 2012 - 21:36

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I saw the video footage of this.

One guy had a puncture and ran up the hill with his bike shouldered and lost nearly no time.

BEAST.

Shoul've run the whole way.

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1733 posts]
25th September 2012 - 9:35

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posted by Raleigh [1733 posts]
25th September 2012 - 9:36

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Laughing

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posted by Municipal Waste [191 posts]
25th September 2012 - 11:40

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Great swap.

Pete The Pump.

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posted by Petethepump [15 posts]
25th September 2012 - 17:42

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That was AWESOME!! Big Grin Cool

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posted by Argy [147 posts]
27th September 2012 - 16:17

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