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Old 01-10-24, 02:54 PM
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This is from Paris Roubaix 1992 but the look on his face is priceless. Gilbert Duclos Lassalle .


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Wow, I can just taste the dust and feel the baking sun. That they had to descend on like roads is just amazing to me.
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The auto in the background puts this into perspective. I had no idea anyone would use a mini front fender back then, and the rather voluminous tires. Double wingnuts ! Singlespeed in the mountains ..... double damm ! No wait a minute, there appears a freewheel on the flip side of the hub , I think ? No chain tensioner though. Can anyone clarify who knows what was used in this era ?

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Originally Posted by Garthr
The auto in the background puts this into perspective. I had no idea anyone would use a mini front fender back then, and the rather voluminous tires. Double wingnuts ! Singlespeed in the mountains ..... double damm ! No wait a minute, there appears a freewheel on the flip side of the hub , I think ? No chain tensioner though. Can anyone clarify who knows what was used in this era ?
That's Vicente Trueba, who won the King of the Mountain in the 1933 Tour de France. It's probably a double fixed rear wheel. Here's a drive-side shot.

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Still spotless — before the start of Paris-Roubaix in 1911, Cyriel Van Hauwaert.
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Originally Posted by Garthr


The auto in the background puts this into perspective. I had no idea anyone would use a mini front fender back then, and the rather voluminous tires. Double wingnuts ! Singlespeed in the mountains ..... double damm ! No wait a minute, there appears a freewheel on the flip side of the hub , I think ? No chain tensioner though. Can anyone clarify who knows what was used in this era ?
I'm almost certain that I've heard the explanation for those mini-fenders, and absolutely certain that I've forgotten it.
My own experience makes me think it was used to keep some of the crud off of the water bottles. Nothing worse (almost) than drinking from a bottle covered in road dust and crud.
Looking over the rest of the bike, you can see how much is covered with dust and mud thrown up by the wheels.
I also notice the chain oiler on the seat tube, which is a fun detail, and likely an indicator of just how much crud ended up on the chain.

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I'm almost certain that I've heard the explanation for those mini-fenders, and absolutely certain that I've forgotten it.
What I have been told is that full fenders were used in the wet winter training, taken off for racing. No reason to take off the front shorty.
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…on a Ritchey-roll today. They had corporate sponsorship, so that makes ‘em pro in my book, Otis Guy and Joe Breeze on the Ritchey-built Anchor Steamer:

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Originally Posted by steelbikeguy
I'm almost certain that I've heard the explanation for those mini-fenders, and absolutely certain that I've forgotten it.
Speaking of full fenders, a young Gino.


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That is what you call an "oh, sh*t" moment.

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Originally Posted by P!N20
The guy on the right might be thinking "Huhh!....Where the heck did that tire come from??!"......
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I was interested to see how much seatpost was showing on road bikes during various eras. Tall frames seemed to be the norm in the early 1960s, for example.
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Originally Posted by Garthr
This is from Paris Roubaix 1992 but the look on his face is priceless. Gilbert Duclos Lassalle .


Note the RockShox fork and Cobalto brakes.
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Originally Posted by Chombi1
The guy on the right might be thinking "Huhh!....Where the heck did that tire come from??!"......
More likely he’s thinking “ I hope I don’t get taken out because somebody else’s mistake”.
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Note the RockShox fork and Cobalto brakes.
Interesting combination. Most photos seem to show Delta calipers widely adopted by Team Z at that time. Cobaltos perhaps used for mud clearance at Paris-Roubaix.

I have a RockShox Paris-Roubaix SL fork sitting idly in the garage, as it has been for many years. Fully reconditioned and vey lightly used. Eventually a forkless frame will surface to complete it.
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The angle ..... Not often seen in such perspective of track racing. Nice !

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The only three men to win all five Monuments. Okay, they aren't racing yet in this photo, but it's Merckx, de Vlaeminck and van Looy, for Pete's sake.

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Herman Van Springel, 7 time winner of Bordeaux-Paris... One day-350 miles.
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