Selle Italia Appoggio Lombare (Lumbar Support)
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Category:  Saddles
Name:  Selle Italia Appoggio Lombare (Lumbar Support)
Brand:  Selle Italia
Model:  Appoggio Lombare (Lumbar Support)
Years:  1990 - ?
Country:  Italy
Weight:  343 grams
Added By: steel-is-real on 08/21/07
Updated By: JFischer on 01/14/10
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Base Material PlasticCovering Material Leather
Rail MaterialWidth170mm
Length330mm (without saddle fitted). 340mm (with saddle fitted).Rail Spacing 42mm ctr-to-ctr (standard spacing)
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The Purpose of the Lumbar Support.

The cyclist makes use of 3 support points on his bicycle:- Handlebars, saddle and pedals. Two of these points are fixed:- the handlebars which are steadied by the hands, and the pedals to which the shoes are secured by a variety of devices (pedal systems).

The saddle permits some lengthwise movement while pedalling.

The Lumbar Support therefore serves to support the rider while he/his is pedalling intensely on flat or hilly terrain, improving performance and improving the air penetration coefficient referred to man-machine complex.

In this way the saddle becomes the third fixed support point.  


Former French cyclist, Thierry Marie won the 1986 Tour De France prologue time trial with a similar product. Following this, the UCI then banned their future use. This was after all 1986 - the TDF field took to using various aids for faster propulsion, from disc wheels, sloping top tubes, cow-horn handlebars & smurf type helmets.

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