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Old 08-17-12, 02:36 PM   #1
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Would LeMond, Kelly, Hinault or other TDF greats from the 80's ride your C&V bike??

I always had a fantasy of going back in time to the early to mid 80's and be on the side of the road with one of my choicest C&V bikes and one of these great racers from the 80's has a big equipment breakdown with his bike in front of me while leading at the last kilometer and the spare bike car is nowhere in sight. Do you guys think they will take one's offer to use your bike to finish and win a critical stage....or just laugh at your face and throw your beautiful bike into the ditch out of frustration.......??

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Well, if we were to go back to the mid-eighties, I wouldn't have been able to afford the C&V bike I ride today, a Basso Gap.

However, I do know that if Bob Rolle (Bobke) broke down in front of me, he certainly would have taken my Basso to victory, because he rode a real Basso beater for many years back in his racing days...
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My bikes are mainly '50s-early '70s, so I'm pretty sure they'd laugh at them and hold out for something with a 6 spd.
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Well, if we were to go back to the mid-eighties, I wouldn't have been able to afford the C&V bike I ride today, a Basso Gap.

However, I do know that if Bob Rolle (Bobke) broke down in front of me, he certainly would have taken my Basso to victory, because he rode a real Basso beater for many years back in his racing days...
I heard that, in his very early days, he spray painted his bike so that it wouldn't get stolen in the rough parts of California that he lived in, and even lived under bridges in Belgium when he first went to Europe to race with local clubs....
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I think any top rider in that position would do whatever it took. They'd probably take a Stingray if that's all there was at hand.
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Yea, I think they would! Mine might be a bit big for them!

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They would do whatever it took to win.
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I'd hope so, Lemond should be able to do well on my Lemond Ti DA, since it's one of his offerings.
For the legendary Kelly, I have him covered with a Vitus 979.
As for Hinault, he can wait along the side of the road. I never liked the arrogant bastard.
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I think any top rider in that position would do whatever it took. They'd probably take a Stingray if that's all there was at hand.
If that the case, Can you imagine any of them riding a Huffy Aerowind borrowed from a spectator at the last kilo of a TT stage!

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no one but me rides my bikes.

well, maybe the univega, but not while racing.
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no one but me rides my bikes.

well, maybe the univega, but not while racing.
those barstids can well afford their own darn bikes! These are MINE!
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I would like to think they would willingly hop on my Bianchi Proto and race off but then they may realize their own bikes are not as good as a Bianchi
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It seems to me that I have heard stories here recently of a cyclist breaking down and taking a kids bike to finish the race.

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Yea, I think they would! Mine might be a bit big for them!

This does not look like an '80s frame but for clarifacation what tubing is it? Also what is in the suitcase?

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Sure. One of them would do, and I'd be the guy jumping up and down in an annoying way trying to get on camera while they're on the podium.
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No, we wouldn't let them go, what with wanting to tweak the fit for them.
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Interesting thought / fantasy. Obviously some of the bikes owned by people on this forum would 'qualify'. As for myself, I doubt if a competitor would be too happy to ride my Suburban into Paris...and I will never offer for anyone to ride the De Rosa.
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Old 08-17-12, 06:52 PM   #19
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Yeah, that why he would charge at the last stage toward Paris even he had already won. He was no sissy and calculated and stop racing. One of the last of the real hard man. Like Vino today (soft compare to Hinault). I would loan him my Look that I use to have.
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The bigger question is, what if they take it and win say, Flanders and beat your bike too death or crash into the mud pit that tweaks your frame only to come find you with a huge thank you and sign your bike later. Only that they do not give you a new bike but hand your CV back to you. What would you do then. Keep in mind that during those days, they didn't have huge budget like they do today. I remember those days well as a kid.

For the OP. If the three of them crashed in front of me with their bikes mangled, I would give my bike to Kelly and give him a big push, then LeMond, then him. LeMond was my hero because he was not allow to ride the Tour in his early years. I was too young to understand (ALmost Jr cat.) why the French were keeping our boy down from riding.
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I think last year?, it was Jens Voigt that crashed and used a spectators bike on a descent. It was way too small for him. I think he may have ridden it a couple miles before a following car got to him. Yep, found this.

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oh heck no
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I wouldn't let him.


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Would they find my bikes worthy? Yes they would. While I've sold of most of my bikes I still own a Super record equipted Colnago Mexico and Super Record equipted Vitus 979.
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Yeah. Greg would ride my 1990 Greg Lemond Maillot Jaune. It think he pretty much did.
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He might ask to upgrade from the Ultegra parts though, before he deigns to clip in and go.
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Oh wait. No he wouldnt. Its not from the '80s.
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