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1981-83 Aerodynamic Bicycles

Old 08-08-11, 10:43 AM
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Originally Posted by trespass
To be honest I do not know much about this bike, bought it on impulse as a ss/fixie conversion project. The BB is a Shimano Selecta with an early version of their Octalink system (incompatible with almost everything it seems). It was equipped with a Shimano Adamas AX group, although the rear derailleur has been changed. Uniglide hub (another source of interesting problems when it comes to spares). Interestingly there was a single chainring provided in this crankset, not sure how to find one though. (https://www.velobase.com/ViewComponen...3-db3a977b507e)

The frame I know even less about. It has a sticker on that says "Built with 2040 tubing. High resiliene".
If the frame's High Tensile 2040, that's the model Profil my brother had in the 80's. Still remember it well as it looked really good with it's dark red (candy apple) metallic paint and very aggressive looking geometry (steep angles). He even had to deflate his rear tire to get the rear wheel of as the aero seat tube was so steep and the stays so short. We had a lot of trouble with the Adamas brakes failing to stay centered, no matter what we did to it, plus it tended to shed all sorts of grey plastic parts on the road. He'd be fiddling with it on the bike constantly as we rode. He eventually had to replace them with 600 brakes and finally got to really enjoy the bike. He also ditched the FFR system in favor of a 600 BB and 600 aero pedals. Funny thing was, as soon as he got it all sorted, he traded the Profil in for a Gitane Criterium after about only a year of owning the Motobecane. I guess Lemond doing so well at the TDF at that time "inspired" him to do so........
I think the Profil Motobecanes are definite keepers that represent those wild early times of aero bike tech.

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Old 09-18-11, 03:55 PM
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Ah! Found a place for my Jan Janssen aero pictures. I've been in touch with Jan Janssen jr and he says these frames were built and painted in Japan to Shimano specs in '82 or '83. They were assembled in Holland with either adamas or 600 ax. I've seen more like it on the 'net, with similar Shimano-style decals and brand names like Norta, Standish and Vista.
This particular bike has a mix of 600 ax and adamas, the 600 bits being later additions. What strikes me as odd is that the down tube and top tube are oval, whereas the seat tube is made of regular tubing. Perhaps the frame builder had an off-day? Does anyone know who built this frame?

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Old 09-18-11, 04:44 PM
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1982 Peugeot Centennial Edition PH12

The Peugeot still needs work, but I'm pleased with the preliminary cleaning.

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Old 09-16-12, 08:56 PM
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Thought I might bump this thread because I picked this up this weekend. I never really knew much about these bikes, but this one is kind of cool. 1982 Motobecane Profil 2.





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Old 09-16-12, 09:31 PM
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That Motobecane is pretty durn cool!!! Is the frame steel? What kind of brake calipers are those? Nice pickup!!!
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Yes it is a steel frame and I think they are Adamac Ax calipers.
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Originally Posted by brandenjs
Thought I might bump this thread because I picked this up this weekend. I never really knew much about these bikes, but this one is kind of cool. 1982 Motobecane Profil 2.

Wow... I built up one of those from a salvaged frame, many, many years ago. I never was one intact before now.

I gave up riding it after a few rides. The flattened down- and seat-tubes made it very flexy.
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Old 09-17-12, 10:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Jeff Wills
Wow... I built up one of those from a salvaged frame, many, many years ago. I never was one intact before now.

I gave up riding it after a few rides. The flattened down- and seat-tubes made it very flexy.
Yea. I need to do a few things before I ride it. I'm sure it does feel different. It looks to be all stock even with the original seat.
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This belongs to the father of a guy I know, he used to do catalog photography for Campagnolo:

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What years were the aero levers first widely used? And who was the first to commercialize them?
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Originally Posted by Chombi
I still can't figure out why I never come across such nice bikes in such great condition in trashbins.......ever....
Are there just that many sutpid people out there throwing out such nice bikes??

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Amen. The only thing that gets thrown out down my way is empty Keystone Lite containers. I'm about the color of that Motobecane Profile with envy.....

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Old 10-29-12, 05:44 AM
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Found this thread, probably the best place to post pics of my bike.
The bike came out of a skip and after some new rubber and a rub down with an oily rag and silver paper.




1981/2 Tsunoda Aero Ax
Shimano 600 ax gruppo.
Mavic tubular 700c rims
All Tange Aero tubing DPG
Rear brake shim 105, front 600ax
Chainwheels 53/42
Cassette 13- 28 ( I fitted the crawler gear)





The only lug on the frame , rest is fillet brazed


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This plastic lid makes it go 21 % faster



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I posted some of this bike earlier as a newbie intro, then searching around I found this thread.
Ive since got some 700 clincher rims on Shimano 600 hubs, will fit these with some fatter tyres for a bit of gravel grinding.
Working up to some decent miles on this, its a sweet ride , very silent /quick.
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Very cool find! We don't have skips like that . The 600 AX stuff is very nice, and becoming collectable as well. Worth a good polish. Congrats!
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I have the Araya Tange aerodynamic frame handle bar and fork but I believe the fork is not original to this bicycle
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Well in the late 90s early 2000s. Every one was crazy about carbon fiber and thought steel was junk. Early 200s. There’s were nice steel bicycles from the early 80s going for 30 to 40 bucks on eBay and garage sales. Now your lucky if you can get one for 200
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I have Faggin I believe is mid 80s.



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Originally Posted by norcalmike
I have Faggin I believe is mid 80s.
Nice! I seem to have its slightly older sibling. From '82 or '83, according to the people of Faggin, whom I spoke to a couple of months ago. It doesn't have any panto's, but was confirmed as having come from their shop. The fork is not original, but a - rather nice IMO - Tange replacement:

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Not sure if this made it here but....

https://budgetbicyclectr.com/1982-hu...ycle-58cm.html

1982 Huffy Aero Wind Road Bicycle 58cm

Hurry... Last One!

$1,999.00

Seem a bit high in price
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Originally Posted by WGB
Not sure if this made it here but....

https://budgetbicyclectr.com/1982-hu...ycle-58cm.html

1982 Huffy Aero Wind Road Bicycle 58cm

Hurry... Last One!

$1,999.00

Seem a bit high in price
Just a bit! IIRC those would have been about $99 at the local discount mart. They were kind of hilarious in that they were so horrible and irrational. Like some nominally 'aero' derailleurs are going to help the performance of a 45 lb spot welded mild steel bike.

It'd take quite a sucker to pay 2K for one...
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Originally Posted by one half wuff
What years were the aero levers first widely used? And who was the first to commercialize them?
There wasn't any one big year where they took over. In the very early 80s during the aero craze there might be one maybe two bikes in a company's line that was aero.

By 1985 they were getting to be fairly commonplace, but still mostly in the top end race bikes. People were still doing weird stuff like drilling bars.

I suppose I'd say by 1987 they had become dominant even in the midrange.
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Coming out of lurk mode for this zombie thread.

1983 3Rensho Super Record Export Aero with some aero stuff parts on it.

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I am not into the aero frame sets with teardrop tubes, however, there are some things that I liked from the first aero era.

Aero brake levers were great at eliminating the looping cable housing above the handlebars. I was an early adopter for that reason.

I also like the smoother look of most of the components from that era. The actual aerodynamics probably didn't improve as much the the smooth look did, at least to me.
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80's Battaglin giro w/aero seat stays.


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1981 (?) Raleigh Road Ace, full Shimano 600 Ax group, except the bars which are Dura-Ace.
Large frame 62 cm (unfortunately, not for me).
Full Reynolds 531.











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