As you may know, the standing kilometer is an official part of indoor track biking. Here they use a bike without any gears at all. It takes some time to get going, but apparently that compensates for the time lost during gear shifting even with the most advanced electronically assisted shifters.
Furthermore, the times achievable depend much more on the power of the rider than on anything else
EDIT: using 1 and 3 gear and 7th and 9th, implies a change of the front sprocket, in 1974 there was no possibility to use a ten ten sprocket freewheel.
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Last edited by henk4; 03-06-2010 at 02:47 PM.