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What former professionals ride

Old 02-23-15, 08:49 AM
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What former professionals ride

I was curious what style of bikes that former professionals ride in their own time. If they still rode pure race bikes with a huge bar drop, or what. This is a few years old, but this is Andy Hampston's bike. 33c tires, @ 2 inch saddle/bar drop, nice wheels but they aren't 1200g carbon things, full frame pump (seeing a few pro's with those on their training bikes) compact cranks, ect.........

His company makes some nice frames BTW




Pro bike: Andy Hampsten's Cycles Strada Bianca Ti - BikeRadar
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Hey, this is a fun topic. Thanks.

If I am not mistaken that looks like an S&S take-apart frame. Neat.

And notice the slightly raised saddle nose. Go figure.
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It's not unusual for a custom framebuilder to ride an unique bike simply to showcase some custom modifications that their company can do for customers.
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There's a local ex-pro around here that still rides a full-on race bike. He apparently spends a lot of his free time trying to win Strava these days.
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There's a local ex-pro around here that still rides a full-on race bike. He apparently spends a lot of his free time trying to win Strava these days.
That's so sad
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That's so sad
Is it? Dude is still doing what he loves. We spend our free time riding. He's just still competitive, which is really a lot of what Strava is there for.
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Notice also the flipped up stem. Cool.
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Cipollini is riding his eponymous bikes, set up as aggressive as ever.
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The man has taste. 7800 is awesome stuff. Hollowtech 2 BB. 33mm tires. Check out the ancient 7400-series pedals.

Former pros have nothing to prove and know what works. I'll bet you can learn a lot from seeing what they ride: long chainstays, a bit more fork rake etc.

It's also interesting to see what current pros use as training bikes. 32 spoke alloy clinchers, 30mm tires, saddle bags, leftover groups, frame pumps, fenders seem to predominate. Nothing fancy.
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Originally Posted by PiLigand View Post
Is it? Dude is still doing what he loves. We spend our free time riding. He's just still competitive, which is really a lot of what Strava is there for.
Yes, it is sad.

Once you race professionally, you shouldn't get much joy out of being fast on Strava. I guess he was never very successful as a pro.
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
Notice also the flipped up stem. Cool.
Makes me feel better.

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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
Hey, this is a fun topic. Thanks.

If I am not mistaken that looks like an S&S take-apart frame. Neat.

And notice the slightly raised saddle nose. Go figure.
That's a Fizik Aliante. Mine has a slightly raised nose, too, maybe a little less raised then that. That way, the rear half is close to horizontal, instead of tipped forward.

It looks like his Ritchey stem is one of the 6 degree rise models.

From the link:
I can only really get excited about my bikes now if they have compact cranks. Not having super climbing gears on my bikes limits my rides to boring terrain.

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For some reason my rear end has to have curved saddles tipped slightly up and flat saddles level.
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
I was curious what style of bikes that former professionals ride in their own time. If they still rode pure race bikes with a huge bar drop, or what. This is a few years old, but this is Andy Hampston's bike. 33c tires, @ 2 inch saddle/bar drop, nice wheels but they aren't 1200g carbon things, full frame pump (seeing a few pro's with those on their training bikes) compact cranks, ect.........

His company makes some nice frames BTW




Pro bike: Andy Hampsten's Cycles Strada Bianca Ti - BikeRadar
Ditch the fred stem, and add some downtube shifters, and that would be a sweet bike!

I've heard of several incidents of people who do group rides, saying that some former pro racer showed-up for the ride on some old vintage steel bike, which was nothing special, compared to all the carbon wonder-bikes everyone else was riding.
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We have a former pro rider here. He wasn't TdF level, but he did ride on a national team for a few years. He rides a custom Ti bike with endurance geometry that he has had for many years.

He is a great guy to ride with. He doesn't use a computer or keep track of mileage, and I have never seen him showboat. However, he will go on training rides with people to help them push their pace, and if someone is having a really hard time on a hill, he will fall back and talk them up the climb.
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Here he is again spotted on a charity ride. Note the cargo shorts and polo shirt!!
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Originally Posted by Rustle View Post
Here he is again spotted on a charity ride. Note the cargo shorts and polo shirt!!
look at all those spacers.

Ghast!
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Here he is again spotted on a charity ride. Note the cargo shorts and polo shirt!!
The dude is just enjoying his life and being on his bike - without pretense.

Nothing could be of less concern to him than the opinions of a bunch of wannabes on some irrelevant forum in a dark corner of the interwebs.

Awesome.
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... without pretense...
Indeed!!
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That dog looks SO happy! (If it weren't for the fact that I can barely get myself up the hills, I'd get a trailer for my dog!)
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The sad part is that he could still drop us all even with the dog trailer.
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Originally Posted by velociraptor View Post
The dude is just enjoying his life and being on his bike - without pretense.

Nothing could be of less concern to him than the opinions of a bunch of wannabes on some irrelevant forum in a dark corner of the interwebs.

Awesome.
Tyler didn't retire, he's just serving his 8 year suspension.

I actually race occasionally, he's prohibited from doing so.
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Originally Posted by Stucky View Post
That dog looks SO happy! (If it weren't for the fact that I can barely get myself up the hills, I'd get a trailer for my dog!)

Don't tell my fat old beagle that is an option. I keep trying to convince her that she has to exercise.
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