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    1988 Schwinn Prologue TT Pics -- Funny Bike Thread

    I know there are a few of you that share my interest in the late 1980's time trial / triathlon funny bikes. We might as well start a thread and capture pics of these bikes.

    Here are the pics of my recently finished 1988 Schwinn Prologue TT. This is the most extreme funny bike I have ridden. I have a 1987 Team Fuji TT and had a Nashbar Aero Sprint.

    I took the Prologue out for a 15 mile run today. There is definitely a learning / adjustment curve with this bike. It is twitchy and, initially, there is a tendency to over steer. But, I am sure I would adjust just fine after riding this bike for a bit.

    Regarding the drop, this is as low as I can go. My knees are just at the point of pounding my chest. The drop of the handlebars adds about an additional 2." I may look for a flat bullhorn bar to bring the reach up a little. Anyone have an extra?

    Regarding performance, it is fast and I found myself pushing bigger gears. The riding position does make more use of the gluts.

    Fun, different, and quirky.

    Thanks

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    Kick ass! More please!
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    When I actually rode one of these...I had a machinist mill 2.5" risers for elbow pads, and used clipons set at an angle to get the hands part of the clipon up to level with the elbow pads. It was still a pretty severe position, and took a lot of training to get used to, but the clipon added a lot of aero that the bullhorns didn't. When I was sufficiently trained, I rode that bike to a PB: 58'05" for 25 miles, on an open road loop. Not so good today, but good enough to qualify for Nationals in 1988*.

    Twitchy. Yep. It is easy to take a bug up the nose and end up in the cow pasture.

    I think that a modern TT machine would prove to be much faster, as the rider position can be dialed to be much more aero. But, some of the adventure would then be lost, no?


    *I was already a vet in 1988...

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    Cool!

    >> It is twitchy and, initially, there is a tendency to over steer.

    Yeah, it does look like it has too much fork offset for such a small front wheel.

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    Here is one I sold on Ebay this Summer. I just couldn't ride it.

    I added a picture of my modern (1998) funny bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slushlover2 View Post
    I added a picture of my modern (1998) funny bike.
    Just outa curiosity........How do like the Softride?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kpug505 View Post
    Just outa curiosity........How do like the Softride?
    I really like the Softride. I kind of went overboard on modern bikes, Colnago Dream, Litespeed Vortex, Felt F4C. I usually ride the Litespeed on club rides, but if the ride is going to be over 60 miles, I ride the Softride.My back really feels better after a long ride on this bike. The Litespeed is close in comfort, the carbon Felt next, and the aluminum Colnago is the most uncomfortable. You will quickly smooth out your pedaling on a Softride or you will be bouncing. The only drawback is it's weight. It is about 23 pounds as pictures. By the way, the Rev X's are very heavy.
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    Thank goodness I never had to ride one of these.... If this one would have been my size I would have Frankenbiked it to the max....Frankenfixie or something...

    But it went to a better cause; A Dad wanted to get his daughter into racing....

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    ^^^Jebus......I'd lose a pinky for that! I'm a sucker for the triple triangle....Never seen a Nishiki with that frame design. Sweet!
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    Don't quote me on this, but I believe that it was made in '88-89 only....It was of very good quality.... Japan


    On the downside, I'm afraid that these bikes are only for young backs.....
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    There are several Japanese triple triangle funny bikes from this period and I have a suspicion, based on nothing in particular, that there may have been some common manufacturing.

    1987 Nashbar Aero Sprint


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    I've tried several times to get the Nashbars as they seem to pop up every once in awhile but I'm always a day late or a dollar short.....Or just too short (I ride a 52 max). I think Shogun made one as well....
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    Bob, Why don't you buy this one, and dump that other junk?


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    That is sweet. And with the 650 front wheel, it'd be almost rideable. But $1500 is more than my practical side would allow.

    Do you suppose Campy Leather Rims means leather toeclip straps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by luker View Post
    That is sweet. And with the 650 front wheel, it'd be almost rideable. But $1500 is more than my practical side would allow.

    Do you suppose Campy Leather Rims means leather toeclip straps?
    That would be my guess, since he says the pedals come with them.

    Nice looking ride, and for what I've seen some things go for lately, I'd say it's a deal, if you are into that sort of thing.

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    I think I saw one of those Softride bikes out at Tyler last week on the Beauty and the Beast ride.
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    not mine...but if having a Celeste Bianchi is not cool enoungh! how about a Funny bike in Celeste!
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    I want a funny bike so badly. Just for kicks, I can hardly imagine riding it much. But it sure would be cool to use it to go pick up my kids at school. Finally, people in middle school would think I was awesome.

    More pics please!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFC View Post







    Cool bike.
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    And I've built up & given away eight bikes to date.

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    Semi-funny bike:

    1995ish Gitane Mach 310

    Columbus Thron tubing.

    Improvised FF tri post and Fisik saddle
    Mavic Cosmic Expert 30mm clincher wheelset with a Wheelbuilder cover
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    Lots of fun.


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    http://bike123.com/used_bikes/used_s...ew.php?ID=2797
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    This late 80s Benotto belonging to a friend of mine is really quite exceptional




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    And this is one I owned until recently


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    damn the schwinn runs an intense amount of drop...

    here's the shogun, found it on craigslist and the price was reasonable



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