Taking mr. Merckx height into consideration (1.88?), I wouldn't be surprised if he used 175 cranks in road races, and 180s for TT's and the Hour attempt; those cranks in the pic that george took, look really long!. Just my opinion of course: I use 175s, and am 1.84 in height. Just as an aside, at the Koln IFMA of 1988, I bumped into mr. Merkcx (back to back!) and he is indeed a bit taller than i am. And considerably more stout at that time ..
Freek Faro Rotterdam Netherlands
> The above link is a photo I took, last year, of the crankset on the Merckx
> Hour record bike in the Colnago showroom, in Cambiago.
> Perhaps this could help determine the exact size of the crank?
> It will be noticed, from the tires, that little has been done to maintain
> this bike.
> George Hollenberg MD
> CT, USA
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: EPL
> Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2008 3:59 pm
> Subject: [CR]Eddy's crank length
> To: "email@example.com"
> > According to this article reproduced on the CR website, his
> > Mexico hour record bike had 175mm cranks:
> > http://www.classicrendezvous.com/Benelux/Merckx/Hour_pg-4.pdf
> > Given his height and inseam, this is a bit longer than we mere
> > mortals would typically use.
> > Emanuel Lowi
> > Montreal, Quebec