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Old 06-03-09, 09:25 AM   #1
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Graeme Obree's New Bike



This was mentioned in a couple of other forums but I haven't seen anything about it here. This thing's got a 67 X 13 gear.

Interesting story about what he's up to here.

Go Graeme!
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Flip it!
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67x13 = 57x11 = yikes

90rpms = 37mph
80rpms = 33mph
70rpms = 29mph

edit - and it's a fixie, double yikes
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Old 06-03-09, 12:34 PM   #5
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Yeah, it's going to be his bike for his attempt at the Hour Record. Very long position to mimic where his body would be in aerobars.

Even cooler is the geared TT bike he built for himself, but damn if I'm not having a hard time finding it right now...
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Oh damn, here it is on cyclingnews...



Featuring: homemade handlebars made from a solid block of aluminum!
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Drillium, and a rear derailer?

that's...

ummm....

yeah
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Old 06-03-09, 12:39 PM   #8
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the seatpost-seattube interface looks sketch
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I think it is really cool he is going to try this again. He feels that many people down played his record before due to the fact he was on "aero" equipment. He wants to prove everyone wrong and show them it was the engine.
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The aerobars were hand-crafted from a single block of aluminum. INSANE.
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INSANE.
We're talking about Graeme Obree, you know. No disrespect meant, I'm sure he will do extremely well on that bike. But "whittling" at a block of aluminum for 3 months is nuts.

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I think it is really cool he is going to try this again. He feels that many people down played his record before due to the fact he was on "aero" equipment. He wants to prove everyone wrong and show them it was the engine.
Well, it was the engine, but it was also the handlebars and the wheels. While it was annoying that the UCI came out with all sorts of rules to govern his bikes after the fact, it does make a lot of sense to split up the Hour Record into the different categories.
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current holder of the hour record is ondrej sosenka... bunch of images are no longer linkable from his site, but his bike was wild, too. fairly heavy wheels, traditional spoking to meet the requirements of the merckx-style Athlete's Hour category, low low top tube, low low handlebars, 54x13 (iirc), and really long cranks.

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Looks like a little kid's bike with a flagpole of a seatpost. How tall is that guy?
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We're talking about Graeme Obree, you know. No disrespect meant, I'm sure he will do extremely well on that bike. But "whittling" at a block of aluminum for 3 months is nuts.

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par for the course.

clearly. he always has been.
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How tall is that guy?
Almost 6' 6"
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Oh damn, here it is on cyclingnews...



Featuring: homemade handlebars made from a solid block of aluminum!
this bike is amazing:

steel
internal cables
bottom bracket brake
campy avanti?
weight-shaved pedals??
fuzzy purple saddle cover???
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obree on the new ride:

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We're talking about Graeme Obree, you know. No disrespect meant, I'm sure he will do extremely well on that bike. But "whittling" at a block of aluminum for 3 months is nuts.

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Hasn't he heard of a "machine shop", where they "whittle" a block of aluminum in a few minutes? Yea, one-off is expensive (maybe a couple grand), but compare that to the time!
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probably, but maybe he takes pleasure out of slowly working with his hands.
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Meh, Sosenka got done for doping afterwards...

Obree never made much money out of cycling so probably couldn't afford to get the bars machined even of he wanted to!
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Graeme is... worth embracing.

Seriously bipolar, several suicide attempts (one nearly successful), so far ahead of his time about aerodynamics and bike position as to be to cycling what Hendrix was to guitar (we haven't even gotten there yet), and more talented as a rider and engineer than people can fathom.

That he's taken months to whittle those bars out of a single block might be either a PR repeat of the "Washing Machine" bike or the reality of a man in torment.

I hope he breaks the record, though I doubt it will bring him peace.
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X is on the spot about Graeme. Consider the month with that block of aluminium his version of therapy. I enjoy the fact that he tinkers so successfully with his cycles. It's not like he's ever had a multi-million dollar budget behind him. And yet, he's been successful in more ways than one. Go Graeme!

What I'm really curious about: When is the UCI going to jerk a knee in reaction to what is without doubt becoming a new race to build narrower and narrower "drop bars" and other modifications that will increase the performance potential for the "athletes" hour. They (the UCI) have to embrace progress at some point. When will that be?
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you a guitar player ex?
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Jeez. That is a killer gear.
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