Wonder if he's got a flip flop hub for hills
Uhmmmmm.... THE FORK IS BENT!!!
Its a bicycle designed for motor pacing. The initial starting speed is assisted by a motorcycle or automobile. The world record setting for that kind of bicycle began in 1932 and used TA cranks.
^^ I was going to say that the handling must be insanely skittish with the small front wheel and reversed fork.
I don't think the fork is bent. It looks like he flipped it around so he could suck in closer to the car. I'd sure hate to get my pants stuck in that sprocket.
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This is from Jean Claude Rude's speed record attempt in 1979. That is the chainring, not the guard. The Porsche was driven by former F1 driver Henri Pescarolo. The bike's rear tire exploded at at 105mph. Rude was unhurt, but he wasn't able to break the world record.
As for the fork, it was assembled that way at the department store.
Of course the fork is bent. Look at the bumper on the car it ran into:-)Uhmmmmm.... THE FORK IS BENT!!!
The act of bicycle pacing behind a motor vehicle is traditionally called "staying". The bicyles are refered to as "stayers" and have steep head angles, smaller front wheels and reverse rake forks to allow the cyclist to be closer to the motor vehicle for a better draft. The negative rake actually restores trail lost due to the smaller wheel and steeper head tube.
and Fred Rompelberg (167mph):
The "reversed" fork adds trail to the frame geometry, which adds stability at speed.
... but I do like the "department store" reason.