walkitout (walkitout) wrote,
walkitout
walkitout

time trial bikes?!

http://www.theracingbicycle.com/Early_History.html

Specifically, look at the fotos:

http://www.theracingbicycle.com/images/Alcyon_rider2.jpg

http://www.theracingbicycle.com/images/Thanet_full.jpg

http://www.theracingbicycle.com/images/1955_Gillott_full.bmp

They all look kinda familiar, right? And then you realize, the first one (the most relaxed of the batch) is a racing bike from way back. And the other two are _time trials_ bikes from the 1950s. So basically, that 10 speed we all found so difficult to deal with, all bent over like that? Because it was the right geometry for _time trials_.

Yeah. Definitely what your basic surburban young lass was looking for as a teenager. And what your middle aged man or woman is looking to get back on to recapture the pleasant days on a 3 speed as a kid.

Obviously, words have not failed me. But they seem inadequate.
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