Hair Improves Performance
Written by: Herbert Krabel
Added: Tue Apr 01 2014
Jim Manton, owner of ERO Sports, said, "I was shocked when the tests revealed that the aero hair was significantly faster. I have to admit, I doubted at first, but the numbers don’t lie."
Alphamantis’ Chief Technology Officer, Andy Froncioni, said, "We knew the impact of texturing on lowering aerodynamic drag for skin suits. We thought, 'what better skinsuit texture than a rider's own hair.' British Cycling's recent patent on using chevron patterns on the arms gave us some further ideas. Shaving patterns that allowed more robust turbulent boundary layers to form were better at delaying flow separation, which significantly reduced drag! One day, we could imagine the UCI requiring a fully shaven leg for its races."
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