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Old 03-08-08, 04:43 PM
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Films about bikes!

We all know Breaking Away - e vero, no - but are there any documentaries out there that deal with vintage bikes and the culture or the birth of racing or the boom or... what am I missing?

If there's nothing then dangit -who wants to be in a documentary next summer?!
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There are a few great ones on pro racing in the 70s maybe not what youre looking for exactly, but they are excellent if you ask me; a couple of videos on the Giro D'Italia like "The Greatest Show on earth" (1974) and "Stars and watercarriers" (1973), theres also one about the '76 paris roubaix race as well "A Sunday In Hell", I love all these and never get tired of watching them, If only there were more!
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWTj6H2KKr4
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Someone posted a 12-part series on YouTube about the History of the Tour de France. It's weak on the really early history, but definitely worth a look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3uP_...eature=related
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Heh, thats from me. Click on my other videos for some stuff from the videos I mentioned above
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Old 03-08-08, 05:22 PM
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Originally Posted by divineAndbright View Post
Heh, thats from me. Click on my other videos for some stuff from the videos I mentioned above

Cool!, Thanks for uploading that!
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There are a bunch of documentaries about the Race Across America. The early ones were sponsored by Mac Donalds and all of those bikes count as vintage now.
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Thats the way racing should look. Black shorts, white socks, black shoes, no helmets. The look of racing these days is ugly. Skin tight clothing in hot pink and baby blue. Give me the old days when men were men not sissy lycra clad, helmet wearing geeks.
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There's always this: https://youtube.com/watch?v=qyz5d3entBw
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Not great, but don't forget "American Flyers"

It seems to me that someone is giving away copies.
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Tracks of Glory (1992) about early 1900s world champion Major Taylor
The Flying Scotsman (2006) about Obree's 1 hour records

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You really need to see "6 Day Bike Rider" (1934) with Joe E Brown.
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The YouTube clips are great. I'm going to have to watch all these final sprint clips. I checked Netflix on Divine and Bright's suggestions - niente. Allora.....
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"The Bicycle Thief"
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"Iron Men and Board Tracks"
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Originally Posted by big chainring View Post
Thats the way racing should look. Black shorts, white socks, black shoes, no helmets. The look of racing these days is ugly. Skin tight clothing in hot pink and baby blue. Give me the old days when men were men not sissy lycra clad, helmet wearing geeks.
You may not like modern cycling, but I'd stop short of calling today's pros sissies. It's as agonizing to climb the Alpe d'Huez on a carbon fiber road bike as it was on a steel one.
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Old 03-10-08, 11:15 AM
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And for something completely different.... https://www.mashsf.com/

WARNING: Some people may be offended by raucous rap soundtrack and hacked up vintage steel.
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"The Bicycle Thief"
Ha!
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Saw this movie recently and found a video clip on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H39CxyNfNOM
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Suc a great movie that it has to me mentioned "The Triplets of Belleville"
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I've heard about, but have not yet seen, Cobbles Baby and Red Light Go
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Okay, "Rad" and "BMX Bandits" - for all you BMX/freestyle lovers...of which I'm sure there are few of here at C&V.
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Sunday in Hell
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Quicksilver

Totally tarck!

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Quicksilver

Totally tarck!

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Agreed. For all the cheesiness, stereotyping, and bad acting from Jami Gertz; Quicksilver is chock full of great moments. Far more entertaining bike movie then Breaking Away, IMHO.

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The Six-Day Bicycle Races DVD at amazon:

https://tinyurl.com/67e255

The Coors Classic 3 DVD set is also great, and starts with 1977 or 78 (forget which).

Not vintage yet, but from the steel-bike era is "Hammer and Hell," about the 1991 (if memory serves) Tour Dupont. It's really late for this list, I realize, but it's a favorite of mine, so I'm tipping folks off to keep an eye out for it if you come across a cheap copy. Captures a neat moment in US cycling history.
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