Vintage, yesteryear and retro biking
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I was given this recently to be used for a display. The previous owner was concerned about someone riding it and having an accident. I must say, I sat on it and it was enough to put me off. It feels wierd being suspended on a saddle with no seat post. Feels like it would snap the minute you hit a bump.
Wont be taking this one out for a spin, thats for sure!
There was a MTB version of one of these, the PowerCurve XC. If I am not mistaken, the male host of this Melbourne Community TV cycling show may have been a Softride sponsored MTB rider in the mid-90s
Team Ritchey MTB team in the early mid 90s (Frischknecht, Djernis...) won Championships on rigid CrMo MTBs with Softride stems with great success, whilst most other teams were using RockShox/Manitou front suspension. But I digress....
Height is adjustable. Look at that slotted tab in top pic under the 'TR' in 'SOFTRIDE'
I've seen the MTBs before.
Still wouldn't ride one, they just scream "odd", not in a nice 'bent way either.
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011
Yup, I have one of these "beam" bikes, from 'Jones' of Melbourne according to the stickers. It rides very well if your style of riding uses spinning as oppose to pushing. The creaking noise is from the pivot. Allsop recommend these are serviced and various bits replaced every so often. The creaking can be very unnerving but really it sounds worse than it is. Not that I would dissuade anybody from fitting the service kit, do it! But it is a pivot thing not the beam itself.
Mine is a out and out time-trial or triathalon machine which has caused me a bit of trouble converting it to normal road use. It is very short in the top tube so I have had to fit a very long (for me) steerer and it still feels a bit cramped and the seat a bit forward.
The ride is well, different...., but it really smooths out the crappy country roads around here
Hmm, if the marks are at the 'top' end near the saddle I wouldn't worry too much. All the stress is down the bottom (front) end near the pivot. Abrasions or deep scratches at the front could be bad. I notice the beam is adjusted right down so it might be a bit small for you?
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