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An open letter to Greg LeMond

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An open letter to Greg LeMond

Old 06-02-09, 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by BobLoblaw View Post
I rode a. '03 Lemond Buenes Ares for a couple of miserable years, and Greg owes ME an apology.

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I have an 02 all steel 953, I just need a smaller one (Frame that is) I love it even hen it wipe the street with me.
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Old 06-02-09, 09:16 PM
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Greg L and I at the 2008 Redmond Wa. Tour de Cure. He is still fast!


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Old 06-02-09, 09:57 PM
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Originally Posted by 1bluetrek View Post
Greg L and I at the 2008 Redmond Wa. Tour de Cure. He is still fast!
I guess I wont see him riding at the Livestrong Century on 06-21-09 in Seattle, Wa..... Too bad.
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Originally Posted by trojanman View Post
I used to ride a Lemond, but when he started get all sour on "another" American tour winner I put tape over the "D" and now it's a Lemon.
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Pretty amazing; BF'ers jab at BOTH Lemond and Armstrong. How is that possible?
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Originally Posted by gettingold View Post
Pretty amazing; BF'ers jab at BOTH Lemond and Armstrong. How is that possible?
bf is a big tent.
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BF is too tense
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Old 06-03-09, 06:42 AM
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Originally Posted by 1bluetrek View Post
Greg L and I at the 2008 Redmond Wa. Tour de Cure. He is still fast!


2008? Looks more like 1985.
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Originally Posted by eriksbliss View Post
Me and three friends are riding an organized century a few weeks ago, with nice, staffed pit stops every twenty miles or so. I'm on a carbon Bianchi C2C. Next guy is riding a carbon Specialized S-Works. Third guy has a brand-new carbon Look 566. Last guy, who doesn't own a bike, is using my orange, steel LeMond Poprad cyclocross bike with some crappy road tires tossed on it.

At every stop we made, multiple people blew right past the nice bikes of the first three of us, and the substantially nicer bikes still of many other riders, and checked out and complimented the LeMond. Particularly the European folks. WTF? I love the bike and all, but . . .
first mistake...."at every stop".

Why stop?
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Originally Posted by 1bluetrek View Post
Greg L and I at the 2008 Redmond Wa. Tour de Cure. He is still fast!


is he still riding a triple?
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Old 06-03-09, 08:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Rutnick View Post
Why stop?
1) "Last guy, who doesn't own a bike . . ."

2) While generally accepted in Grand Tours, I'm not sure it's so cool to pull it out the bottom of your shorts and whiz on the side of the road while rolling through suburban housing developments.
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Originally Posted by eriksbliss View Post
1) "Last guy, who doesn't own a bike . . ."

2) While generally accepted in Grand Tours, I'm not sure it's so cool to pull it out the bottom of your shorts and whiz on the side of the road while rolling through suburban housing developments.
ok...did the poprad have disc brakes? It IS a US made steel frame. I owned one. It was a great bike.

Maybe not a bike of your standards but nice enough. Min has a VERY nice example of a Poprad.
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Originally Posted by Rutnick View Post
ok...did the poprad have disc brakes?
No, cantilevers. Disc brakes are not legal in UCI races and, although I don't and never will race in a UCI-sponsored event, I still respect rules like that. (Which is why I have also never bought a nonconforming driver, even if it might add fifteen yards.)

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It was a great bike. Maybe not a bike of your standards but nice enough.
Considering that it is my bike -- my friend was borrowing it for the ride -- it is certainly of my standards. Indeed, I love the thing. More still because it was a Christmas gift from my daughter. I love taking it out on "mountain bike rides," where I get alot of respect for rocking the 'cross bike. But I'm not sure that a steel (meaning heavy, and not nearly as cushy as road-designed carbon) Poprad with some slicks thrown on it is an ideal century machine. And with some of the bikes that were parked around it, including the other bikes in my own group, I was surprised that the Poprad was getting all the attention (and not "ha, look at that freaky thing" attention, but "wow, cool bike" attention).

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Old 06-03-09, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by 55/Rad View Post
Hell, just painting a Lemond frame can take 5 years...or more.
So you're never receiving that frame back, are you.
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Old 06-03-09, 11:27 AM
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Originally Posted by eriksbliss View Post
No, cantilevers. Disc brakes are not legal in UCI races and, although I don't and never will race in a UCI-sponsored event, I still respect rules like that. (Which is why I have also never bought a nonconforming driver, even if it might add fifteen yards.)



Considering that it is my bike -- my friend was borrowing it for the ride -- it is certainly of my standards. Indeed, I love the thing. More still because it was a Christmas gift from my daughter. I love taking it out on "mountain bike rides," where I get alot of respect for rocking the 'cross bike. But I'm not sure that a steel (meaning heavy, and not nearly as cushy as road-designed carbon) Poprad with some slicks thrown on it is an ideal century machine. And with some of the bikes that were parked around it, including the other bikes in my own group, I was surprised that the Poprad was getting all the attention (and not "ha, look at that freaky thing" attention, but "wow, cool bike" attention).

It is a cool bike. Did it have the switchback fork? Heavy? Mine was 21lbs with road tires, bottles, cages and computer. I rocked the heck out of it as my winter training bike. Min's is 18lbs or less. then again..he has disc brakes AND zipps on his.

Sorry but sometimes a X bike is the coolest bike. I wish I had never sold mine. Biggest mistake I made in 2008. Mine was rocking Campy Centaur and disc brakes.
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Originally Posted by rankin116 View Post
2008? Looks more like 1985.

Dont know why you would think 1985.

Don't know the gearing on the Tete de Course he was riding. Nice bike tho.

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Originally Posted by baj32161 View Post
Huge LeMond fan here...riding an '04 Tourmalet and sucking beyond anyone's wildest imagination. My bike hates me and Greg would shoot me....in BOTH 'nads.
That's the attitude!
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On the reverse side:

Dear Greg, thank you for the great ride. Last weekends quick jaunt was fantastic on my Tete De Course. I arrived 20 minutes late to the start and everyone was long gone. But 35 miles later, I was the first to arrive back at the parking lot long since passed everyone one by one. It was one of those strange rare rides where the legs refused to fatigue no matter how hard I pushed.

But this post does remind me, he signed a poster for me that I still have to get framed.
I think most of us who became riding nuts circa 1985-1989 (and likely before) will forever see Greg as The Man.
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Originally Posted by Sprocket Man View Post
Everytime I think about Greg Lemond, I remember watching the final TT of the TdF back in '89. That, for me, was the greatest moment in sports history. And despite the fact that he's been involved with so much unsavory drama since then, I'll probably always be a huge Lemond fan.
Followed up with this.
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Originally Posted by Walter View Post
Dear Greg,

I'm roughly your age and have been a fan since you went to Europe. I feel I owe you a personal and sincere apology.

I was seen today by any number of people sucking real hard whilst on one of your higher end frames. I know you have no current distributor for those frames but I still feel I did you wrong today and I hope I haven't hurt your chances of picking up a new distributor. I certainly didn't mean to do this to you either directly or indirectly.

All I can say is: Dude I'm sorry, really sorry. There's a race in Stuart (FLA) Saturday and I'll try to make it up to you but you know what they say about chicken, eggs and counting.

PS: I ought to CC this to the Campagnolo and Mavic people as well but I feel that I've hurt you more.

PPS: I'll bet everyone who read this thought I'd be talking about Lance Armstrong and/or doping.
This is much more important.

Sincerely:

A true(ly depressed) fan

You going to race around and around "Confusion Corner"?
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Originally Posted by hos13 View Post
Followed up with this.
Wow! I had almost forgotten lol. Great, Great ride! Been a while since I saw that.
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Originally Posted by roadwarrior View Post
You going to race around and around "Confusion Corner"?
Man, I still have a hard time driving through that thing. The crit on Sunday is around the courthouse and doesn't include Confusion Corner from what I understand (I'm not doing the Sunday Crit).

My wife and I will do the circuit race Saturday. 3.2 mile loops through a new development that has the roads in but no houses yet. I'm going to check it out tomorrow. Should be nice. A similar situation in Gainesville years ago was a perfect location for my wife and I to practice riding motorcycles aggressively without fear of traffic.



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Followed up with this.

One of the most exciting bike races I have ever seen. Beg borrow or steal a copy of it. Fantastic last two laps on one of the toughest world championship courses of the last 25 years.
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
bf is a big tent.
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BF is too tense
Since no one has acknowledged this quippy little play on words allow me to do so.

Well played Sir.


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I had an '04 Lemond Buenos Aires, but I was so slow Fredlike that I traded it it for a Pistol, when I heard Greg was coming!
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