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Although Armstrong has an almost perfect body for cycling, when he rides in the time trial position, he has a slight hump in his back. The Rev 6 (top) was designed to streamline that little aerodynamic glitch. For every-day riding Armstrong uses a stock medium Atmos helmet, which weighs only nine ounces. Pictured here is his signature Lone Star model with graphics that pay homage to Lance's Texas roots.
Weighing in at just over 11 ounces (in Armstrong's size, 81/2), the Lance II is one of the lightest buckle shoes on the market. The dimpled "golf-ball effect" on the sleek synthetic-leather upper enables the shoe to cut through wind like a well-struck drive, and this material resists stretching and repels water. New for 2005 is a "silverized" carbon fiber outsole that provides stiffness while enabling the shoe to sit just 10 millimeters above the pedal. To ensure that every movement goes directly to the pedal, the heel cup, strap and buckle are fully integrated with a nylon thermoplastic cage.
It would be easier to list the features this watch doesn't have. The Lance 4 is one of three signature Nike watches used by Armstrong (along with the Lance 3 and the Lance Race Chrono). The watch has a titanium case and includes an altimeter, a two-color digital compass and a barometer. Another cycle-centric feature is a 1,000-hour stopwatch with data recall. Finally, with four time alarms, two altitude alarms and even a hydration alarm, it's hard to believe Armstrong would ever find himself unprepared on the road.