Oval Rings Good… Shhh, keep it quiet!
Had a holiday recently at a Gite belonging to some friends near Cognac…
The idea was to relax and enjoy a poolside holiday with a tiny bit of siteseeing thrown in. Well that was fine for a day, I’ve never been one to lie by a pool doing nothing and soon got itchy feet. Exploring the various outbuildings on the farm, I discovered an old roadbike in a barn.. My lovely host said, yes of course I could use the bike, and even wheeled out some others for my girls.. They would not be extracted from the poolside, so off I went one morning, to ‘buy the baguette’
This old Rudge folding roadbike didn’t look much, but it rolled along a treat. I found myself thoroughly enjoying being out on it. In fact I was away getting the baguette for a full three hours, taking in the scenery, and weirdly for me, enjoying the climbs as much as the downhills.. So, day after day I opted to do the bread run, and managed to find many different routes, to many different boulangeries. Sometimes I even forgot the bread.
There were plenty of ups and downs, in smashing and varied countryside, and I used all three rings at the front, and all six at the back.. nice smooth changes, nice balanced bike, and even the brakes were good too.. which came in very handy, very often.
Towards the end of the hol. I thought I’d better lube up the chain, and do a little basic maintenance, as it had gotten quite dusty.. When I got close to the chain-set with the oil, I did a double take… it read ‘Oval Tech’ And rather belatedly, the penny dropped.
Well I never, I’d not noticed anything particularly unusual in the ride, apart from the ups being particularly enjoyable and smooth, as well as the downs and all the riding in between..
So.. I am a convert… My blind test had confirmed to me that oval rings really do work. I’d loved riding them.
Wiggins likes em, and a few bods on STW do too http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/elliptical-single-speed-chainrings
Apparently Brant tested them on some suss bikes… He said They worked really well. Evened out power, stopped bobbing.
I think I’d like one for my suss… If I can find one!
But if anyones asks… It’s snake oil… Shhh