WinTunnel: When a Hairdo is a Hair Don’t

To celebrate lady cyclists, this week the #WinTunnel Team tested different hairstyles to determine what’s fastest.  If only Laurent Patrick Fignon had gotten the memo twenty five years ago…


Al Boneta - 07/23/14 - 4:48pm

Glad to see they are putting the wind tunnel to good use

Guy - 07/23/14 - 7:26pm

Ahhhhhh, so that’s why I never win any sprints. Or it could be my chicken legs.

fast foreward freddie - 07/23/14 - 7:31pm

As a track racer, I like to think about aero gains ultimate speed gains instead of time over distance. This calculates to 0.1mph advantage at a 24.85mph effort from the worst to the best hairstyle. fyi this is within the margin of error for a low speed wind tunnel.

fasterthanyou - 07/23/14 - 7:52pm


Will Hilgenberg - 07/23/14 - 10:23pm

@fast foreward freddie

Is it really within the margin of error of a low-speed wind tunnel? Do you know what the measurement sensitivities are and have tracked your error through all of the measurements and calculations? And do you know what their margin of error is? Balance hysteresis?

Matty - 07/23/14 - 10:29pm

@Specialized: why is this aimed only at women? Surely men can have long hair too?


Biggest question though: What happens if you gel your hair back into a teardrop shape?

Harry Colin - 07/23/14 - 10:56pm


Dustin - 07/23/14 - 11:38pm

Perfect time to mention the new hashtag Hairport.

Illuma - 07/23/14 - 11:39pm

“If only Patrick Fignon had gotten the memo 25 years ago” Don’t you mean Laurent Fignon ?

fast foreward freddie - 07/24/14 - 12:10am

Will, no wind tunnel in the world can claim this level of precision. Do you measure spokes with a yard stick?

k - 07/24/14 - 12:12am


Shawn Ransford - 07/24/14 - 10:18am


His full name is Laurent Patrick Fignon as noted in the caption aka “the Professor”

T - 07/24/14 - 2:38pm

They should have gotten a CAT 1/Pro to do the testing. Someone who rides in the drops, someone who doesn’t wobble when they pedal, someone who’s 10,000 hours of riding shows every time they clip in. Rebecca Rusch has long hair, and is a specialized sponsored athlete…

Spevas - 07/24/14 - 4:18pm

@T: I understand what you are saying, but the problem with your idea is that the experiment would be useful for approximately 0.0001% of female riders.

Topmounter - 07/24/14 - 6:34pm

I can’t wait for: “WINDTUNNEL: Are you faster with or without a helmet?”



fast foreward freddie - 07/25/14 - 12:25pm

Marx, nope, just a guy who understands the limitations of low speed wind tunnels.

Spervas, and what percentage of female cyclist do you think can maintain 25mph on a solo ride for an hour to save those supposed 15sec?

ceebee - 07/25/14 - 2:05pm

women cycle? great news!

efukt - 07/28/14 - 2:26am

Why are there so many (deleted)? Let the comments roam free and let freedom ring!

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