Vintage / Steel TT bikes from yesteryear

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Vintage / Steel TT bikes from yesteryear

Postby marc2131 » Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:30 am

Anyone here into old TT tech? Great if you can post pics.
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Re: Vintage / Steel TT bikes from yesteryear

Postby g-boaf » Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:41 am

Talk to Quang, he has some amazing older bikes.

This should be the appropriate topic:
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Re: Vintage / Steel TT bikes from yesteryear

Postby marc2131 » Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:00 am

Yeah I know about his collection. Seen them in person.
Check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmj2m9YhNhc
Mostly TT bikes from early 1980s to early 2000s
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Re: Vintage / Steel TT bikes from yesteryear

Postby Big Pete 1 » Wed May 31, 2017 2:30 pm

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Re: Vintage / Steel TT bikes from yesteryear

Postby find_bruce » Wed May 31, 2017 3:06 pm

Time trials originated in England back in 1895, but when did they become specific bikes, different from the road bikes of the era? While I have an early 80s frame made of Tange aero tubing, I don't think it would have been a TT bike, rather than part of the aero fad at the time.

Gitane USA claim to have made the first TT bike in 1981 with aero tubing, backward mounted front brake.

Things certainly got a whole lot more radical in the mid to late 80s.
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Re: Vintage / Steel TT bikes from yesteryear

Postby marc2131 » Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:49 pm

The first bicycle to designed around those new fangled aero bars (note the 80 degree seat tube) in the late 1980s was the Quintana Roo 'Superform' introduced in 1989.
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Re: Vintage / Steel TT bikes from yesteryear

Postby ldrcycles » Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:18 am

TT specific bikes were around at least as early as the 60s, though of course they weren't as different from road bikes as they are these days.

Light weight was the main focus then, the usual method being to drill the hell out of everything.

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Re: Vintage / Steel TT bikes from yesteryear

Postby find_bruce » Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:39 pm

Cheers ld, drillium handlebars ? I'll pass thanks
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Obviously took a while for aero to catch on though - I'm not aware of TdF riders using different time trial bikes until the 80s when they started to experiment with bars & disc wheels.

Scott aero bars came out in 86 or 87 so marc's Qunintana roo was an early adopter
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Re: Vintage / Steel TT bikes from yesteryear

Postby Nikolai » Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:20 pm

1986, Ukrainian 50km ITT championship. Riding the kickass Takhion. No water bottle, of course. 28-spoke Campagnolo hubs laced to Soviet-made 'aero' rims. 100km TTT the next day, and then the road race. These were the days.

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