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Old 09-10-19, 08:02 PM
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Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
This one belongs to a friend - it's been cobbled up from a few bits and is barely ridable with those drops, but its a pretty good looker, regardless. My gut feeling is that this one is a frame from the '90s era - with that fork crown, anyway.


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I like the green and yellow paint combination but I hate drop bars on vintage time trials. The straight bars or these on a vintage TT is one of my pet peeves. Makes me go Arrrrgghhh. But yah know ...to each their own so no big deal. Thanks for posting and if you see anything else cool with colorful pictures please post. Thanks.
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Originally Posted by VintageTTfan View Post
I like the green and yellow paint combination but I hate drop bars on vintage time trials. The straight bars or these on a vintage TT is one of my pet peeves. Makes me go Arrrrgghhh. But yah know ...to each their own so no big deal. Thanks for posting and if you see anything else cool with colorful pictures please post. Thanks.
He's thrown it together from random bits - I took these photos of it in 2012 when it had a drillium Mavic starfish crank on it:





This is another one that is either his or belongs in the family. The other Otero was probably kitted out just like this at one time:




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Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
He's thrown it together from random bits - I took these photos of it in 2012 when it had a drillium Mavic starfish crank on it:





This is another one that is either his or belongs in the family. The other Otero was probably kitted out just like this at one time:




-Kurt
I like this original one much more. Good handlebars and very interesting wheels. Those wheels are pretty rare probably and worth some money. Thanks for posting. I am signing off for the night.
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Kenny Glah racing in Dallas TX.


Scott Molina winning another U.S. Triathlon Championship.
​​​​​​​Here's a few out of triathlete magazine.
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Just wanted to thank everyone for posting. I love what everyone has done. You guys make it a cool thread.
Also I modified the Suggested rules to be more flexible so anyone who has posted already or who will is welcome to read them.
Also, thanks to the moderators and those who run the site for your work and help. There would be no site without you.
And a very special thanks to Salamandrine who helped me narrow the time frame down to 1980 to 1996 with his expertise.
There were some concept bikes in this period that were time trials or track bikes and they are welcome too.
Include as many pictures as you want and post away!
I hope you enjoy it.

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More out of Triathlete magazine.
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The smaller frames had a more pronounced Curve.
​​​​​​​Too tired to post more but I'll leave you with this one,
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Originally Posted by texaspandj View Post


The smaller frames had a more pronounced Curve.
Too tired to post more but I'll leave you with this one,
Oooooh My! This ad pretty much sums it up. Classic cars and time trial bicycles were influenced by the female form in terms of beauty of design. Where did you find this ad?
Very cool post and good to have another from the Centurion club on board. I am signing off for the night too. Thanks.
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Here is a not so funny bike , but it is prolly one of the first TT bikes .
https://www.bikeradar.com/features/m...e-custom-riva/
The side shots don't really show how special this bike is.

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2nd Bike....Does it really glow in the dark?!?!


This bike slapped me in the face and I didn't mind. What I am trying to say is it is an attention getter. First of all I love the paint job. Original creative paint jobs get huge points in my book....as long as they pull it off. I love the Italian colors. The half wrapped handlebar look I actually like. Anybody like me? Then you have the disc wheels. I adore disc wheels and there are not as many as I would like that use the canvas that the surface provides. This one does with all those cool squares. Suddenly I want to go to Italy. Oh, and did I mention it glows in the dark?
I cant believe that Iíve never heard of this bike before. Freaking awesome!!
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Ray Bootys 1955 Raleigh

Raymond Charles Booty For his superlative ride of 3 hrs. 58 mins. 28 secs. in the Bath Road Hundred of 1956, this being the first time one hundred miles had ever been ridden on a bicycle, out and home, inside four hours.[6]
Booty recalled:

It was one of those lovely sunny summer mornings you crave for when you are time-trialling. It was calm, as I remember, and eventually it became very hot. And I was really having to hang on in the last half hour. I remember it was a real struggle. I knew I was on to a good ride if I could hang on. The thing I remember about that particular event was at the finish, and I was absolutely shattered at the finish. And I sat down. And, of course, when I finished I realised just how hot it was. I was desperate for some drink and somebody came with all they'd got, which was a bottle of milk. And it was sour. And he said it was sour. It was all he'd got. It was really sour. But I drank it all. That was the thing I remember mainly about that event.[7]
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Old 09-10-19, 10:51 PM
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I am weeping that I did not get to buy it because it was the right size.Since someone here liked it, here is one more picture and more information about the bike:
  • Manufacturer: Gianni Motta
  • Size: 55.5 cm
  • Description:
    Gianni Motta bikes are always something special and attention-drawing.When Gianni Motta, the famous cycling champion, ended his successful career, he turned to building top class bicycles that lived up to their name. These bicycles are famous for their elegance, stiffness and efficient power transmission. Motta's top notch frames famously were named the Personal. The bike we present here is one of Motta's great models - and it is one of the rarest pieces you can find. Let us first talk about the frame and the groupset. The Gianni motta personal 2001 R Brevettatowhich you can see here, belongs to very advanced lugged frames of the 1980s. The bottom bracket shell got two long extra fins to stiffen the frame. Not that stiffness has not already been the major concern of the Gianni Motta workshop: The fork crown was specifically designed to reinforce the fork, the rear dropouts were soldered over the rear stays instead of into them and the seat stays had been curved in the way typical for theses models. A bike which is an example of the real bike building skills of the 1980s. The downtube curves ever so slightly upwards just as the top tube is gently bowing downwards in the typical sloping geometry of a classic pursuit frame As for the parts, you can find a complete Campagnolo Croce d'Aune groupset with the iconic delta brakes. The wheels are superb Ambrosio disc wheels which spin around Campagnolo C-Record hubs - just the best of everything As if this bike was not great enough, it was painted in a flourescent version of the Italian colours, so it gently glows in the dark! This bike has been manufactured as a show piece and reportedly, only three examples of it have been made! How could this get any more spectacular? - Well, this bike is virtually unused. It has been stored but never have there been ridden any miles on it. Condition: NOS. The bike is in excellent condition. The frame has no dents, no cracks and is not bent. The original paint and decals are impeccable. All parts are working fine. Very few signs of storage. Era: 1980s
  • Frame & ForkGianni Motta Personal 2001R Brevettato ,Front DerailleurCampagnolo Croc D'Aune, Rear DerailleurCampagnolo Croc D'Aune, HeadsetCampagnolo Croc D'Aune, CranksetCampagnolo Croc D'Aune; 170mm; 53/42, Bottom BracketCampagnolo Croc D'Aune, Stem3ttt; 100mm, Stem BarGianni Motta; 42cm, ShiftersOfmega Composite TT, BrakesCampagnolo Croc D'Aune Delta, Brake LeversCampagnolo Croc D'Aune, HubsCampagnolo C-Record / Ambrosio; 12-18, RimsAmbrosio Disc, TiresVittoria Corsa CX Squadre Professionale Seta 19mm, Seat PostCampagnolo Croce d'Aune, SeatSelle San Marco Regal Girardi, ChainNOS chain, Handlebar TapeAlmarc leather cover, Pedalsnot included
For some reason it makes me crave Italian Nougat
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I am failing at finding a better image of it, but if you're talking about wacky TT bikes, you have to include Rory O'Reilly's custom Mike Celmins. Massively dropped top tube, super-extended seat tube, with a cable anchoring the top of the seat tube to the headset, and two supporting struts down to the rear dropouts. I think they were 24" wheels. Rory set a World Record in the 1000m (at altitude) in 1983, I believe, in the buildup to the Los Angeles Olympics.

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I am failing at finding a better image of it, but if you're talking about wacky TT bikes, you have to include Rory O'Reilly's custom Mike Celmins. Massively dropped top tube, super-extended seat tube, with a cable anchoring the top of the seat tube to the headset, and two supporting struts down to the rear dropouts. I think they were 24" wheels. Rory set a World Record in the 1000m (at altitude) in 1983, I believe, in the buildup to the Los Angeles Olympics.

Boy did you choose the right word, "Wacky." But like I said concept bikes are welcome. Thanks for the post and hope to hear from you again.
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Here are some images of Glen's road bicycle (showing it's interesting and innovative build) and another image of Glen's 1980 Moscow bicycle showing the tubeset (created by Geoff Roberts) to greater effect.

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My friend Glen Mitchell's Roberts track machine built by Geoff Roberts (Roberts modified aero tubeset). Glen rode this machine in the Team Pursuit in the 1980 Moscow Olympics (other events too).

John.
What country did he represent?
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What country did he represent?
Apologies, I took it for granted: Great Britain - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glen_M...itish_cyclist)

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...And then there's this:



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Originally Posted by hobbs1951 View Post
Apologies, I took it for granted: Great Britain - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glen_M...itish_cyclist)

John
Was curious as US, Norway, West Germany and others boycotted 80 Olympics because of Russian invasion.... of....wait for it....Afghanistan.
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As a data point, the French term used to refer to early funny bikes was "plongeant."
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...And then there's this:



Lenticular wheels FTW!
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"The first model of this bike was built in the mid-to-late 70s, by Daniel SALMON, and was he claimed, the first ever low-profile bike of modern times. It was used by the French National Amateur team. Because Salmon thought it was quite revolutionary he called it just that - le Velo Revolutionnaire,a nd even to this day his down-tube transsfers still have this name written in them." Here is a picture of the actual bicycle:
In 1978 the swiss national team debuted a TT track bike by ASSOS which had the handlebar stubs at the fork crown. (they had a CFK prototype at the same time, don't know if they used the material for the team)




This was copied and further developed by the GDR (east german) "Textima" developers. Who really came first would be hard to decide i guess.

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And a very special thanks to Salamandrine who helped me narrow the time frame down to 1980 to 1996 with his expertise.
I appreciate that but I'm hardly an expert. It's just that I was there. I raced a few time trials circa the early 80s. Everyone was still riding road bikes. Also I was working in bike shops the whole decade. Fun thread regardless.

There's usually a big messy overlapping transitional period when new cycling tech is introduced. This is the case with time trial bikes for sure. Also, I've heard from friends descriptions of experimental track bikes built for pursuit racing in the late 70s. While it might be debatable as to whether that's a TT bike, it falls within your larger range. (sorry no pics) And let's not forget the very first special TT bike, the Mochet Velocar. This was raced very successfully in 1934 and earlier IIRC, before the concept was eventually banned.

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No funny bikes or others of mine to meet the thread timeline / era but do have an early 70s Witcomb WO-1 and late 80s tri bike.

Anyways, a few pics I've saved from the interwebs....

Boardman and Obree

(edit: My apologies for exceeding more than 1 picture per day ;")




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Mine

3Rensho tack with Sugino 75 disc and aero profile crankset

Cliff Shrubb road TT machine that needs a bit of sorting out --- but trying to get it where a pudgy 48 year old can ride it in a club TT once again
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