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Picture of Your Favorite Vintage Time Trial Bicycles and Why!

Old 09-10-19, 07:21 PM
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This one belongs to a friend - it's been cobbled up from a few bits and is barely ridable with those drops, but its a pretty good looker, regardless. My gut feeling is that this one is a frame from the '90s era - with that fork crown, anyway.


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Originally Posted by markwesti
Here is a not so funny bike , but it is prolly one of the first TT bikes .
https://www.bikeradar.com/features/m...e-custom-riva/



Stunningly smooth and beautiful bicycle
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Originally Posted by VintageTTfan
I like the green and yellow paint combination but I hate drop bars on vintage time trials. The straight bars or these on a vintage TT is one of my pet peeves. Makes me go Arrrrgghhh. But yah know ...to each their own so no big deal. Thanks for posting and if you see anything else cool with colorful pictures please post. Thanks.
He's thrown it together from random bits - I took these photos of it in 2012 when it had a drillium Mavic starfish crank on it:





This is another one that is either his or belongs in the family. The other Otero was probably kitted out just like this at one time:




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Kenny Glah racing in Dallas TX.


Scott Molina winning another U.S. Triathlon Championship.
​​​​​​​Here's a few out of triathlete magazine.
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More out of Triathlete magazine.
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The smaller frames had a more pronounced Curve.
​​​​​​​Too tired to post more but I'll leave you with this one,
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Old 09-10-19, 09:33 PM
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Originally Posted by markwesti
Here is a not so funny bike , but it is prolly one of the first TT bikes .
https://www.bikeradar.com/features/m...e-custom-riva/
The side shots don't really show how special this bike is.

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Old 09-10-19, 09:39 PM
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Originally Posted by VintageTTfan
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2nd Bike....Does it really glow in the dark?!?!


This bike slapped me in the face and I didn't mind. What I am trying to say is it is an attention getter. First of all I love the paint job. Original creative paint jobs get huge points in my book....as long as they pull it off. I love the Italian colors. The half wrapped handlebar look I actually like. Anybody like me? Then you have the disc wheels. I adore disc wheels and there are not as many as I would like that use the canvas that the surface provides. This one does with all those cool squares. Suddenly I want to go to Italy. Oh, and did I mention it glows in the dark?
I cant believe that Iíve never heard of this bike before. Freaking awesome!!
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Ray Bootys 1955 Raleigh

Raymond Charles Booty For his superlative ride of 3 hrs. 58 mins. 28 secs. in the Bath Road Hundred of 1956, this being the first time one hundred miles had ever been ridden on a bicycle, out and home, inside four hours.[6]
Booty recalled:

It was one of those lovely sunny summer mornings you crave for when you are time-trialling. It was calm, as I remember, and eventually it became very hot. And I was really having to hang on in the last half hour. I remember it was a real struggle. I knew I was on to a good ride if I could hang on. The thing I remember about that particular event was at the finish, and I was absolutely shattered at the finish. And I sat down. And, of course, when I finished I realised just how hot it was. I was desperate for some drink and somebody came with all they'd got, which was a bottle of milk. And it was sour. And he said it was sour. It was all he'd got. It was really sour. But I drank it all. That was the thing I remember mainly about that event.[7]
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I am failing at finding a better image of it, but if you're talking about wacky TT bikes, you have to include Rory O'Reilly's custom Mike Celmins. Massively dropped top tube, super-extended seat tube, with a cable anchoring the top of the seat tube to the headset, and two supporting struts down to the rear dropouts. I think they were 24" wheels. Rory set a World Record in the 1000m (at altitude) in 1983, I believe, in the buildup to the Los Angeles Olympics.

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Old 09-11-19, 01:32 AM
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Here are some images of Glen's road bicycle (showing it's interesting and innovative build) and another image of Glen's 1980 Moscow bicycle showing the tubeset (created by Geoff Roberts) to greater effect.

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Originally Posted by hobbs1951


My friend Glen Mitchell's Roberts track machine built by Geoff Roberts (Roberts modified aero tubeset). Glen rode this machine in the Team Pursuit in the 1980 Moscow Olympics (other events too).

John.
What country did he represent?
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Originally Posted by big chainring
What country did he represent?
Apologies, I took it for granted: Great Britain - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glen_M...itish_cyclist)

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...And then there's this:



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Originally Posted by hobbs1951
Apologies, I took it for granted: Great Britain - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glen_M...itish_cyclist)

John
Was curious as US, Norway, West Germany and others boycotted 80 Olympics because of Russian invasion.... of....wait for it....Afghanistan.
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As a data point, the French term used to refer to early funny bikes was "plongeant."
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...And then there's this:



Lenticular wheels FTW!
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Originally Posted by VintageTTfan
"The first model of this bike was built in the mid-to-late 70s, by Daniel SALMON, and was he claimed, the first ever low-profile bike of modern times. It was used by the French National Amateur team. Because Salmon thought it was quite revolutionary he called it just that - le Velo Revolutionnaire,a nd even to this day his down-tube transsfers still have this name written in them." Here is a picture of the actual bicycle:
In 1978 the swiss national team debuted a TT track bike by ASSOS which had the handlebar stubs at the fork crown. (they had a CFK prototype at the same time, don't know if they used the material for the team)




This was copied and further developed by the GDR (east german) "Textima" developers. Who really came first would be hard to decide i guess.

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Originally Posted by VintageTTfan
And a very special thanks to Salamandrine who helped me narrow the time frame down to 1980 to 1996 with his expertise.
I appreciate that but I'm hardly an expert. It's just that I was there. I raced a few time trials circa the early 80s. Everyone was still riding road bikes. Also I was working in bike shops the whole decade. Fun thread regardless.

There's usually a big messy overlapping transitional period when new cycling tech is introduced. This is the case with time trial bikes for sure. Also, I've heard from friends descriptions of experimental track bikes built for pursuit racing in the late 70s. While it might be debatable as to whether that's a TT bike, it falls within your larger range. (sorry no pics) And let's not forget the very first special TT bike, the Mochet Velocar. This was raced very successfully in 1934 and earlier IIRC, before the concept was eventually banned.

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No funny bikes or others of mine to meet the thread timeline / era but do have an early 70s Witcomb WO-1 and late 80s tri bike.

Anyways, a few pics I've saved from the interwebs....

Boardman and Obree

(edit: My apologies for exceeding more than 1 picture per day ;")




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Mine

3Rensho tack with Sugino 75 disc and aero profile crankset

Cliff Shrubb road TT machine that needs a bit of sorting out --- but trying to get it where a pudgy 48 year old can ride it in a club TT once again
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One of my heroes, the late great Laurent Fignon. Criticised, especially as a result of Greg's win in the 1989 TdeF, for not adopting aero or modern technologies (as they were then), but these images prove otherwise - take a look at the Gitane (below left) for starters, and then the futuristic one (below, below)...Guimard was an innovator, Fignon the adopter.

Greg said that Guimard was the best coach he ever had, and Fotheringham described hom as the best DS in the history of the TdeF.

It pains me that Fignon is rarely mentioned on fora like this...he's a true great.



John

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Originally Posted by VintageTTfan
I love this bike and other ones that are like it! So interesting and dramatic. I have not been able to figure out how the bulging front wheel would be helpful as far as air flow dynamics. Maybe somebody could explain that.
Just a guess but I'd bet it gets airflow around the riders legs lowering the drag of the "package" although without a rider it may have more drag than other wheels.
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Originally Posted by martl
In 1978 the swiss national team debuted a TT track bike by ASSOS which had the handlebar stubs at the fork crown. (they had a CFK prototype at the same time, don't know if they used the material for the team)




This was copied and further developed by the GDR (east german) "Textima" developers. Who really came first would be hard to decide i guess.


September 1964, Michel Rousseau
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Originally Posted by VintageTTfan
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3rd Bike......Beautiful frame! I love the colors and the design lines. One of the great Japanese name's in frame making. Let me know what you think.
Gorgeous! Are you going to build it up? When I was young I would lust for a blue 3Rensho road bike
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