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Picture of Your Favorite Vintage Time Trial Bicycles and Why!

Old 09-11-19, 11:55 AM
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One of my heroes, the late great Laurent Fignon. Criticised, especially as a result of Greg's win in the 1989 TdeF, for not adopting aero or modern technologies (as they were then), but these images prove otherwise - take a look at the Gitane (below left) for starters, and then the futuristic one (below, below)...Guimard was an innovator, Fignon the adopter.

Greg said that Guimard was the best coach he ever had, and Fotheringham described hom as the best DS in the history of the TdeF.

It pains me that Fignon is rarely mentioned on fora like this...he's a true great.



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...And then there's this:



I love this bike and other ones that are like it! So interesting and dramatic. I have not been able to figure out how the bulging front wheel would be helpful as far as air flow dynamics. Maybe somebody could explain that. I love the color on this bike too. I can't even imagine what this bike would cost today as a collector's item. Imagine riding down the street on one of these! Was the frame made of carbon or what? I think the handlebars on this are not original to the bike though. I love FIR disc wheels. Thanks for sharing this most excellent bike. I need one to show up at a garage sale ......ha ha ha.
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Originally Posted by crank_addict View Post
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 ;")



You can post as many pictures per day on this post as you want...the more the better actually. More eye candy. The Suggested Rules were modified and all posters can read them at the top of the thread if they so choose. Thanks for posting everyone and have fun!
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Originally Posted by crank_addict View Post
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 ;")



You can post as many pictures per day on this post as you want...the more the better actually. More eye candy. The Suggested Rules were modified and all posters can read them at the top of the thread if they so choose. Thanks for posting everyone and have fun!
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Originally Posted by VintageTTfan View Post

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.
Just re-posting this so everyone is aware of all this. Thanks
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Old 09-11-19, 12:50 PM
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YIKES NSFW!!!!!!!!!! @VintageTTfan
Okay Okay I get it........Don't worry I will change my ways. Here is a picture to make it up to you:

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Originally Posted by VintageTTfan View Post
I love this bike and other ones that are like it! So interesting and dramatic. I have not been able to figure out how the bulging front wheel would be helpful as far as air flow dynamics. Maybe somebody could explain that.
Just a guess but I'd bet it gets airflow around the riders legs lowering the drag of the "package" although without a rider it may have more drag than other wheels.
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3rd Bike......Beautiful frame! I love the colors and the design lines. One of the great Japanese name's in frame making. Let me know what you think.
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Art and freedom of expression are important things. These are from the 1800's.

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I am breaking my rules here and being a bit tongue in cheek but here are the first Time Trial bikes.



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Originally Posted by martl View Post
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.


September 1964, Michel Rousseau
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3rd Bike......Beautiful frame! I love the colors and the design lines. One of the great Japanese name's in frame making. Let me know what you think.
Gorgeous! Are you going to build it up? When I was young I would lust for a blue 3Rensho road bike
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Gorgeous! Are you going to build it up? When I was young I would lust for a blue 3Rensho road bike
Unfortunately, I do not own the 3Rensho frame I posted earlier.. I wish!
I do own the Paletti TT I posted at the very top of the thread. I have another TT which I will post later. Thanks for comment and for posting. Here are a couple more 3Rensho pictures for yah.


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This Somec has been featured on The Pedal Room for some time , I think it's cool .

https://www.pedalroom.com/bike/for-s...-pursuit-19696

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I love these old Japanese catalogs! I chose this one for the all metallic Cherubim concept TT bike. Wow, It looks Futuristic even now. I love these concept bikes from the eighties and early nineties. I want to ride this down the street and blow people's minds. I love how everything is metallic including the disc wheels and I like the solid chain ring. Also there is something really cool about the name Cherubim. It has a certain distinction. Very respected make by the way. If anyone has any TT concept bikes go ahead and post em.

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This Somec has been featured on The Pedal Room for some time , I think it's cool .

https://www.pedalroom.com/bike/for-s...-pursuit-19696

Oh you went there! Aaaaaah the sweet sweet Somecs. I was going to but you beat me to the punch. Somec is one of my favorite makes. The paint jobs are great and the decals and their logo are AMAZING. My favorite is the decals with all the little squares and the lotus looking flower. Man oh man ...so cool. It is a very respected Italian brand and they are just beautiful bikes. I will be posting some of them later and they have fantastic disc wheels....but rare as hell. Thanks for your excellent post and kicking of the Somec ball.

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Some TT trivia , what is the little lever for ?

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Some TT trivia , what is the little lever for ?

Not sure........lets see if anyone else knows.
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Not sure........lets see if anyone else knows.
I remember this very well! The switch went from indexed to friction shifting. It was Campy’s Response to early ‘SIS’ shimano indexed shifting
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Originally Posted by Giuanin View Post

September 1964, Michel Rousseau
Okay so I am finally getting around to replying like I wanted to. These are very early TT bikes. The years you put them at make them very early indeed. They are cool looking to me. I always love old cycling pictures because they deem to always express the drama of the race. Thanks for the post and keep posting. Any other pictures you have would be much appreciated.
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This Somec has been featured on The Pedal Room for some time , I think it's cool .

https://www.pedalroom.com/bike/for-s...-pursuit-19696

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When I get a chance I’m going to take a screenshot of my 1986 high school yearbook where I was obsessed with drawing the “Cicli Somec” logos
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Originally Posted by robbyville View Post
I remember this very well! The switch went from indexed to friction shifting. It was Campy’s Response to early ‘SIS’ shimano indexed shifting
those levers were so beautiful, smooth, sculpted
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Originally Posted by hobbs1951 View Post
One of my heroes, the late great Laurent Fignon. Criticised, especially as a result of Greg's win in the 1989 TdeF, for not adopting aero or modern technologies (as they were then), but these images prove otherwise - take a look at the Gitane (below left) for starters, and then the futuristic one (below, below)...Guimard was an innovator, Fignon the adopter.

Greg said that Guimard was the best coach he ever had, and Fotheringham described hom as the best DS in the history of the TdeF.

It pains me that Fignon is rarely mentioned on fora like this...he's a true great.



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Fignon was one of the greats and he should be given attention. I thought it was very sad that he died of cancer so young. I would like to see a documentary about him for sure. I love watching old races on youtube. I knew that Fignon used time trial bikes because I saw the footage. People who say that are ignorant. As far as the futuristic bike goes….it is a fantastic bike for sure. I have this image saved on my hard drive. The colors are really great the whole scheme. I love the space age lumbar support seat and that saddle with gold and black blows my mind. The disc wheels are super cool. What really makes the bike in my opinion is the lines and design and how they flow. It is a work of modern art. I wish bikes were more like this and available. Imagine what this would cost to buy. All the modern bikes with the same brand names here in America and the exact same factory designs bore me to tears and I WILL NOT APOLOGIZE for saying so. Now you go into a bike shop in the U.S.A. and they have a contract to sell only one or two brands. Back in the day they would have a large variety of Italian and French bicycles hanging from the ceiling that were handmade.

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When I get a chance I’m going to take a screenshot of my 1986 high school yearbook where I was obsessed with drawing the “Cicli Somec” logos
Please do because that sounds cool actually. Some eye candy for yah:








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Cinelli Super Corsa TT.

I can't add too many comments. Fine, not exaggerated shape of geometry. But still, when it leans against the wall, even as if it was rushing


And two Colnago Masters. The first is for the unusual but still great colour combination. The track bike is for its clean, graceful shape.





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