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Picture of Your Favorite Vintage Time Trial Bicycles and Why!

Old 09-10-19, 01:32 AM
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Picture of Your Favorite Vintage Time Trial Bicycles and Why!

Post your favorite VINTAGE time trial bikes and track bikes and concept bikes. Pistas, lo pros, funny bikes, pursuit bikes are other names for what fits here. Have fun.

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'92 team Castorama Maxisports by Cyril Guimard, in this case ridden by Thierry Marie to a stage win at the Giros prologue. special to me, because its mine
And it really is fun to locate all the special parts. Anyone knows of a 4-spoke 650c front wheel, Corima?



This is for me the most iconic special TT frame ever, Francesco Mosers hour record machine. Misses the timeline by just days


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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).

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I'll put this one out there. My favorite because it's the one I own...right now. at least.

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My most colourful TT bicycle misses the cutoff criteria by one year. The others are pretty drab.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar
My most colourful TT bicycle misses the cutoff criteria by one year. The others are pretty drab.
"suggested rules" - post away!
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Because it's mine. From the first time I saw a "funny bike", how I wanted one.



I alway feel like apologizing for the modern bars (levers not so much), but that may soon be over, having bought a set of Ambrosio bars with the logo "upside down" which I'm hoping will become my new (old) bullhorns. Replaced rear wheel with early tubular Hed disc w/ Campy 13-26 7 speed freewheel. Still have disc, freewheel has been sold. Low-top Cons are my ex's.

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I don't have one of these but they look fantastic!
Thanks for starting this thread.
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Originally Posted by VintageTTfan
Stick only to Vintage Time Trial and Velodrome bicycles (suggested time range 1977-1995).
https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/p...rd-bike-287395

This one was really the first that started it all. Was incredibly radical at the time. It took a couple years for it to start to filter into road time trials, though as always there were some early exceptions.

Suggested time range is slightly off. There weren't practically speaking dedicated time trial bikes in the first half of that range. Maybe you'd throw some special 28h wheels on your regular road bike. That was it.


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Old 09-10-19, 10:23 AM
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Have a Cervelo P3 but this my favorite Did my fastes 40K time trial in 1988 on this, 1hr1min. I still ride it once in a while.
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This is my "track bike" , started out as a 84' Centurion Comp TA . Please go here for a full write up . https://www.pedalroom.com/bike/centu...ack-bike-36866 Hope you like it .


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One bike that caught my attention a few years ago was the machine that Jacques Anquetil rode in the first TT of the 1961 Tour de France. Which he won of course. If you look closely you'll see that this particular Helyett Speciale has cantilever brakes. As far as I've been able to determine he only rode it on this particular afternoon; all other pictures of that TdF show him on a bike with MAFAC centerpulls.

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traded for this one the other day from a CL listing... i think they only made 12 of them as a promo for H&M dept store in london. this will probably piss someone off, but i've since replaced the single speed freewheel with an Atom 3 speed 16-19-22 freewheel.. fits on the hub just fine. waiting for some parts to set up a shifter. put a wood surfboard mini fender on the back to troll the surfers on the beach i ride to.
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Originally Posted by VintageTTfan
I agree, these vintage Time Trial, Crono, Lo Pro, Funny Bike, Pursuit, Velodrome bicycles are my absolute favorites. They just have that beautiful design work that reminds me of classic cars from the sixties.
Remember that you do not have to own one of these to post. I am interested in what people love and if you can find a picture of it then post away! Thanks for your kind words.


Not mine but a pic from "Classic Cycles" website.
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Originally Posted by VintageTTfan
This is hilarious and awesome at the same time! What magazine was this taken from? Does anyone know more? Thanks for the great post.
Well looks to be something European , I got it off Pinterest . I would like to try to get a poster made from it .
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Such a great thread, thanks for starting! Going to see if I can find a pic of my old Nishiki
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Well in that case, happy to oblige!

Similar to Starbucks revolutionizing the traditional coffee shop and bringing more expensive coffee to the masses, lets not forget who helped to open these styles to the market (IMO). I used to sell the mavic bull horn bars and clip ons at a shop I worked in the late '80's


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Originally Posted by VintageTTfan
Sorry I am just getting back to you. It has nothing to do with preference for bicycles or any other reason than I have been researching and responding to posts. By the way I have enjoyed your extensive posts on Centurions which I collect and adore.
Please be sure and post some more pictures of other Vintage time trials bikes you like whether you own them or not. I have never owned a Comp TA....so how does it feel to ride it? I like the way the model looks in the catalogs. Thanks so much for your input.
You are welcome , the Comp rode fine . It being # 2 tube and the IM being #1 but I never got the Comp dialed in and I sold it . You asked , and I forgot to say what I liked about my track bike . I have always had a thing for track bikes even going back to the late 70's when I lived next to the Ca. Encino velodrome about 10 yrs. ago I got certified to ride at the Ca. Carson (LAVRA) velodrome .
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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/



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Here's my Panasonic Team Time trial bike that was resprayed by the Ritchey Jr. team back in the early 90's.
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Originally Posted by VintageTTfan
It is possible that the date given for this bicycle is wrong which would make my time range too early. The general idea of the thread is to include bikes from approximate time range so I ask for wiggle room.
Here is a post that has tons of pictures and information and might in fact contradict my dating. Thank you for your indulgence.
Vélo "Révolutionnaire" D.Salmon 1981. - Le blog de velosvintage.over-blog.com
Interesting. Thanks for posting that. I did not know about those. If the Salmon TT bike really was racing in 1981 that was quite early. I would like to see some corroborating evidence. Seems more likely that it was conceived in 81 and used later. On the other hand it wouldn't surprise me if TT funny bikes originated in France like so many other things cycling.

From my recollection, it was really 1984 that I first saw a funny bike, and not in person. There were definitely a few showing up in the pro ranks. Didn't Hinault ride one in the Tour that year or the latter? A lot of people though were still on regular road bikes, or a splitting the difference by running bullhorns on a normal bike. At amateur races stateside, you weren't going to see any of that at a TT. Just normal bikes. Put on a Brancale helmet and a skinsuit if you were lucky. The super bikes slowly trickled in during the late 80s. Triathlons were kind of the trend at the time, and had a big influence.

Incidentally I found this timeline for Gitane while looking for other early Frenchie TT bikes. Worth checking out if you haven't seen it.
Gitane USA - Time Trial
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These are not mine, not really a TT guy, but here's a couple from some shops.

Sorry for the wrong side shot, seen at Bill's Bike Shop in Camarillo, CA...

...and at The Bicycle Stand in Long Beach.
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