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Old 06-06-08, 10:37 AM
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1981-83 Aerodynamic Bicycles

One of my favorite era's in bike collecting is the early 80's when everything was Aero. I have found very little posted in this forum. Doe's anyone else like these bikes? Please post pictures if you have them!

Dura-ace AX
Shimano 600AX
AGC
Cyclone mkII
Sugino Aero mighty
Araya
Profil
Nitto
Aerox
Trek
Lotus
Panasonic
Vista
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Old 06-06-08, 06:51 PM
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You forgot one. A couple of pictures of my 1982 Huffy Aerowind. Roger
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I'm with you there. Cool old bikes... I do hate the price of Dura Ace AX brake hoods these days though (if you can find them)







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Cool Bikes! The shimano AX bikes were probably the most popular (or unpopular in the day) aero bikes. Aero bikes also were avilable with other group sets. Suntour's cyclone II with Aero mighty cranks & Aero dia comp brakes was another option. These parts were quite radical but more practical than the AX groups. Ofmega also offered an aero crank with tear drop shaped arms. It's tear drop shapes were actually backward making them in effect non-aero. The most successful of the aero groups would have to be the first generation C-record although i don't think it was marketed as aero specifically.
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How about the Aero Maxy? I'm not too familiar with them but this is on a Panasonic Team that is for sale at a nearby bike shop...

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I've had several aerowinds and this White's performer is most certainly a rebadged huffy. Same pinched downtube, same avocet aero suede saddle, same frame.

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Doe's anyone else like these bikes? Please post pictures if you have them!
I like these bikes. I've got an odd aero Pinarello from '85/'86 that should finally be ready in a week or so.


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This is my Araya the day I brought it home. It is disassembled and being restored right now.



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Wow, The pinarello is very unique with the staggered shifters & all.

Balindamood, do you plan to repaint the Araya? What will you do about the stickers & tubing decals?
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My Benotto is early 80's and is 'aero'. Most tubes are ovalised and the gear and brake cabling is internally routed.



And.... A Berretto track bike. Similar vintage - Shimano AX seatpost

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I have a set of nitto adb-x bars that I snatched up. Now I've become obsessed with the search for a matching nitto crystemblue stem and a shimano 600 ax group.
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Great, another chance to post pics of my funny bikes -- 1987 Team Fuji and 1987 Nashbar Aero Sprint. Now, to those who will inevitably respond with something like "oh my aching back," if you are fit and not suffering from some old man ailment, these bikes are fast alot of fun to ride.



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I have a medici aero-1 in purple and white - pics are in here somewhere. I'm still looking for a post to go in the columbus aero tubing set. Anyone want to trade one for a good Dura Ace AX?
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Got a Univega Super Strada with full AX Aero group. Looking for brake lever hoods, too. I saw the bike in the window of Bicycle Man of Orange in '85 with a sign saying reduced from $800.00 to $650.00. Powerless in the grip of bicycle lust, I forked out the cash on a delivery driver's salarly. The clean looks are timeless.
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I found one pair of relatively NOS Dura Ace AX hoods... almost afraid to mount them considering what they cost me though.

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Not exactly an aerodynamic bike, but I believe these generic Suntour shifters were spawned from the aero trend:

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Balindamood, do you plan to repaint the Araya? What will you do about the stickers & tubing decals?
The frame will be going to CycleArt or equivilent. All of the main skickers are OK enough for them to re-create. There were evidently some long script type decals along the top and seat tube which said god-knows-what; probably something touting the virtures of aerodynamics. I am hoping to find pictures of another before I send it later this year. If anyone else has an idea....
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There are a number of quite famous examples missing from your list:

Richard Sachs made an aero a friend has.
Cinelli Laser
Paletti
Pinarello
Giubillato
Scapin
Biemmezeta (BMZ)
There are tons more.

As for aero parts:

Stronglight
Cambio Rino
Zeus (I believe)
Ofmega
Mavic
Modolo
Sachs/SRAM

And again, there are many more.

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One of my favorite era's in bike collecting is the early 80's when everything was Aero. I have found very little posted in this forum. Doe's anyone else like these bikes? Please post pictures if you have them!

Dura-ace AX
Shimano 600AX
AGC
Cyclone mkII
Sugino Aero mighty
Araya
Profil
Nitto
Aerox
Trek
Lotus
Panasonic
Vista
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There's a Univega Aero on eBay right now...
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There is a Lotus Aero chained up on Nicollete Ave and 4th in Minneapolis right now.
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Wow, that Pinarello is a rarity. I didn't see anything like it in the '85 & '87 catalogs and then there was the Prologo in '88, I believe. I hope you can find out some more about it.

As for me, I don't really have any aero tubing but I have one of the coolest aero routed dropouts I've ever seen. The cable is routed through the underside of the chainstay and comes out where you see that plastic bit sticking out of the drop.


I'm just getting started on this project but it will have a 24" Araya Aero 4 on the front and a disc in the rear. I'd like to use Aero-G brakes but think I might need more reach so maybe AX.
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Beautiful bikes, all of them. Someday I'll get the scratch to get a bike with Tange Aero tubing an AX components. Just need to pay down student loans and then I'm grabbing the first thing that fits.
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