For over 66 years, the San Diego Wind Tunnel has helped aircraft, cars, motorcycles, and bicycles, use the wonderful world of physics to help them go faster with less effort. Christopher “Dino” Edin, lead product developer and designer at HED Cycling, is an aerodynamic expert, having helped a vast collection of riders, including former Tour de France champions, become as fast as possible on their bicycles.
The process of wind tunnel tuning is a science, but also an art – it requires incremental, fine adjustments to a rider’s position, as well as the myriad adjustable components of the bicycle – saddle height, stem angle, stack height, and much more. A rider’s comfort also matters – being twisted into a painful pretzel might register low on the drag coefficient readouts, but easy pedaling and breathing equals a relaxed rider, which, usually, equates to speed.
Performance Director Patrick McCarty and Dino accompanied Canadian Time Trial Champion Leah Kirchmann and breakout star Mike Woods to their first visit to the wind tunnel, in order to help them dial in posture and mechanics on the new Diamondback Equipe time trial frame. Their work with one of the cycling’s greatest aerodynamic minds (Dino, no offense Patrick) should help them shave precious seconds of their TT times that can often mean the top step of the podium. Photos by Jay Prasuhn