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Is this really Hinault's TDF bike?

Old 07-12-18, 10:02 AM
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I dunno, I'm betting Hinault would have made a pretty rugged lightweight or welterweight if he'd gone that direction instead of cycling. His racing war face would have intimidated me as a boxer. He looks like the kinda fighter who'd gnaw on your ear in clinches.

Nobody looks good in a bare knuckle street brawl. But if you're gonna punch bare knuckled it's better to cock the wrist inward a bit to land with the knuckles and avoid jamming the thumb.
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yeah, i got to think even if his technique could use work, the badger would take a few down before he goes.
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Impossible to be affirmative with just a pic, but

1985 La Vie claire team bike: yes

Bernard Hinault: possible (53,5 x 56,5 ctc in 1984)

use in the Tour de France: need research

Incidently , at the begining of the team, the frames were usualy made by Micmo (Gitane).
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1984. Has a big headset spacer like the OPs bike
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Several details differ in the bikes associated with Hinault's 1985 TDF run. He appeared to use at least two bikes that weren't identical: one with tan or gum hoods, the other white; aero hoods in some photos, not in others; differences in lugs, noticeable on the headset; different decals with the Look label; different rear derailleurs; and what appears to be a Selle Turbo saddle in one photo of him standing to pedal. All photos appear to show Hinault using bars with shallower drops, as the OP noted (although the drops on my own bike looks different from different angles -- when I bought it I assumed it had shallower drops based on the craigslist seller's photos, but it was a trick of the viewing angle).

But this depends on the accuracy of the bloggers and articles using the photos. These are just from a few minutes of Googling around for pix of the '85 TDF. Some may be from the '86 TDF.

Top and bottom shots are from 1986 based on Lemond in yellow, Hinault in the combine jersey, and Hinault's number 1 (from having won the previous year, meaning 1985).

The middle photo is from 1985 based on Hinault's number 11. According to the photos in books I have, that was his number in 1985. (Photos show he was number 13 in 1984 and the the side of the La Vie Claire jerseys said "Tarralon" or some such in 1984 rather than "Wonder" as on the 1985 and 1986 versions.)

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Originally Posted by bikingshearer View Post

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But, no mention of the brake cable routing?
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Did the book give a rationale for the spacer?

Just noticed Hinault has his rear brake on the right lever. I thought all the Europeans did the opposite.
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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post

Just noticed Hinault has his rear brake on the right lever. I thought all the Europeans did the opposite.
The UK usually has front on the right, same as a motorbike. Interestingly Hinault doesn't seem to mind, the photos have it both ways by the looks.
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