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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Hocam View Post
    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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    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...
    the hipster myth.

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    Oh damn, here it is on cyclingnews...



    Featuring: homemade handlebars made from a solid block of aluminum!
    the hipster myth.

    i practice vagabondery.

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    Drillium, and a rear derailer?

    that's...

    ummm....

    yeah
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    the seatpost-seattube interface looks sketch
    "When you are chewing the bars at the business end of a 90 mile road race you really dont care what gear you have hanging from your bike so long as it works."
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    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.

    "When you are chewing the bars at the business end of a 90 mile road race you really dont care what gear you have hanging from your bike so long as it works."
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    Quote Originally Posted by spinwax View Post
    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.

    the hipster myth.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    The aerobars were hand-crafted from a single block of aluminum. INSANE.
    Quote Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
    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.

    [IMG]htt p:/ /cyclingnews.com/photos/2009/tech/news/05-30/DSC04335.jpg[/IMG]
    par for the course.

    clearly. he always has been.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    How tall is that guy?
    Almost 6' 6"
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    Quote Originally Posted by queerpunk View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
    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.

    [IMG]http://cyclingnews.com/photos/2009/tech/news/05-30/DSC04335.jpg[IMG]
    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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