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Old 08-15-21, 12:42 PM
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List of Lugged Steel Triathlon Bikes

Of Course, any bike can be ridden in a Triathlon but I'm interested in the road bikes that were marketed as Triathlon Bikes. There is a Vintage (think Eroica) Triathlon in Portugal that my SIL is racing. He has a loaner lined up but ... Any others to look for? Pictures of yours are always cool.

Centurion Comp TA
Centurion IM
Schwinn Peloton
Schwinn Circuit
Trek Tri Series 500 and 600
Peugeot Triathlon
Raleigh Triathlon
SR Triathlon
Nishiki Tri-A
KHS John Howard Triathlon Pro
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Miyata 1400 1989
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In the 1986 Miyata catalog the 912, 710, and 310 are listed as triathlon bikes.
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The Schwinn Prologue TT's. Funny coincidence is a buddy rode mine this weekend in a local Triathlon.










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Trek 500

Here is my 500 Tri Series.

No longer set up for triathalon.

What is with the red/white fade?

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Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
The Schwinn Prologue TT's. Funny coincidence is a buddy rode mine this weekend in a local Triathlon.










how rideable is that thing..i always wanted one.
i saw nj crainlist has one my size...for sale....
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Old 08-15-21, 07:50 PM
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Originally Posted by thehammerdog View Post
how rideable is that thing..i always wanted one.
i saw nj crainlist has one my size...for sale....
Not necessarily your size. Those bikes were sized according to effective horizontal top tube length, not seat tube length (for what should be obvious reasons). Your correct size would have around 5 cm less seatpost showing than a correctly fitted conventional (horizontal top tube) road bike.
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Originally Posted by thehammerdog View Post
how rideable is that thing..i always wanted one.
i saw nj crainlist has one my size...for sale....
It's odd, a little twitchy in front but not crazy so. When set up the fit really isn't that different than a "normal bike". I only got a couple of rides in on it before I had a dog wrecked me on another bike and wound up with an AC joint separation. Every since then if I get tucked into aero bars I get weird popping in the joint. So I never actually finished sorting this out. Have a brand new Profile Design bar setup still that was going on this.

My friend got about two weeks time with the bike before his race Saturday. Not sure how it went. But just like me, he was faster on this bike then his road bike.

I've had this for sale locally for two years but it's too odd for anyone I guess. When I get it back I'll taking off the components as it's built up with all new parts I can use elsewhere.

I will say, I've never ridden a modern TT/Triathlon bike so I can't honesty compare how it handles to one.
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Later Club Fuji was marketed as a triathlon bike, like around 1988 and beyond. Initially, triathlon bikes were just entry level race bikes. Most new triathletes were runners first and not cyclists, so would ride whatever bike they had available. They weren't ready to spend the money for a high spec racing bike. As the sport grew, the bikes got more specialized with geometry and aerodynamics.

My son has been riding this 1989 Club Fuji for about 10 years. When he was a teenager, he had a crash while reaching down to make a shift. A couple years later, I found a nice pair of STI levers for $5, and he asked me to install them on his bike.


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1989 Club Fuji w/ 105 STI

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Originally Posted by Pompiere View Post
Initially, triathlon bikes were just entry level race bikes. Most new triathletes were runners first and not cyclists, so would ride whatever bike they had available. They weren't ready to spend the money for a high spec racing bike. As the sport grew, the bikes got more specialized with geometry and aerodynamics.
Some years back, a neighborhood guy who was pretty serious about competing in triathlons went on a few group rides with the rest of us. Initially, he was on some steel-framed Fuji or Univega or the like from the 80s, nothing particularly special, and I remember one particular ride with him on that bike where he struggled on the climbs. Shortly thereafter, he went to a local bike shop and plunked down the money for an alu Trek tri-bike with aerobars and the whole works. On our group rides after that purchase, none of us could keep up with him.
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1988 Miyata 312 had this little Triathlon decal on the drive side chain stay.

Not my pic. My 312 was black.
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You also have the Bridgestone Mile 112 bikes. Had one for awhile and it was a surprisingly nice bike that moved out just fine!


How it was looking when I put it up for sale.

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Might want to add the Schwinn Tempo and Miyata 512 to the list.

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While I have no photographic evidence, I once had a mid eighties Falcon Triathalon. It was red, lugged (obviously), full 531 f/f, with a 105 index group.
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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
1988 Miyata 312 had this little Triathlon decal on the drive side chain stay.

Not my pic. My 312 was black.
I fixed one of these up last summer for a friend. Not a bad bike at all.

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My future son in law just picked up an 85 IM in his size: 56. Looks very nice.


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My one son-in-law has been dragged into bicycling by his wife, my oldest daughter. We ride with them a few times a year.

My other son-in-law does ride MTBs on occasion. I recall that I took him on a grueling ride before he and I had "the talk" where he asked for my blessing. It worked out, as he's a fine young man, as is the other S-I-L.
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