Vintage – sort of – road bikes

If you didn’t already know, there is a Lance Armstrong film in the works, and in order to make realistic scenes of the peleton hammering all over France, the film makers needed a peleton’s worth of vintage bikes.

So where do you find nine copies of one of the most desirable 90’s road bike ever made?

You make them yourself;

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http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/condor-cycles-makes-bikes-for-lance-armstrong-movie

Condor cycles of London made a whole team worth of the iconic Eddy Merckx Motorola bikes, Saeco Cannondales, and T-Mobile Giants.

As per the article, they are admittedly good enough replicas, but wouldn’t fool a vintage bike expert in person.  I especially enjoy the Dura Ace shift/brake levers pointed to the sky just like Armstrong did.  And the fake Cannondales, which Condor made from steel, and would of course have much smaller tubes than the real deal.

Who knows if this film will be any good, but I like that they’re making the effort for realism.

Vintage Trek

If you’ve been paying attention, you know that I’ve never been a fan of Trek bikes.  They go way back of course, but they’ve just always been really bland, and have never made a bike that I’ve lusted after.

Here’s an old one from eBay that I do like;

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This is an ’88 900, and it’s a pretty modern ’88, as back then, a lot of bikes still had chainstay mounted U-brakes.  Even though it says “Pro” on it, it’s got Mountain-LX parts, rather than XT.  I can’t make out if there is a sticker identifying the frame tubing, but I think Trek liked True Temper.

What I like about this bike is that it’s far more interesting visually than just about every other Trek in the vintage period.  All of their bikes were always one colour and the frames had level top tubes.  This 900 though has a nice purple/yellow fade with the stem and bar painted to match the purple.

It’s a really good and unified look – like they really cared and made an effort to make a good looking bike.  Why they stopped doing stuff like this, I don’t know.

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/231109301126?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

Rocky Mountain Bikes

Rocky Mountain Bikes is my company, always has been.  I still remember seeing them in a shop in Calgary in 1991, and at Revolution Cycles here in Edmonton.

I’m putting together a gallery of as many of their models as I can, and I’m updating it on a Pinterest board;

http://www.pinterest.com/aguycalled80/rocky-mountain-bikes/

Yeah, I know, Pinterest.  It’s just the easiest way, seriously.

It’s mostly vintage Rockys, and the ones I’ve had, but I’ll branch out into newer ones as I go.

Oh, there’s also a board of non-Rockys too;

http://www.pinterest.com/aguycalled80/bicycles/

Vintage GT

Back in the day, I didn’t like GTs.  I didn’t like Triple Triangle, or the LTS and STS bikes, and I really didn’t like the i-Drive bikes.

I can’t say I have a really good reason for that feeling though.

Now though, I’ve completely Flip-Flopped (see what I did there?) and I’d be happy to get my hands on a good GT, like this;

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Actually, I did have my hands on this one.  This is a 1991 Tequesta that a good friend of mine bought just a couple of months after I bought my first real bike.  He rode it a lot, and eventually sold it to a friend.

About four years ago he bought it back, and turned it over to me.  I was lucky enough to find a period-correct donor bike for parts, and then with a few new parts, he had himself a like-new, old bike.

I’m going to get him to bring it over next summer so I can take some proper pictures, and then we’ll go for a retro ride with my old Bridgestone.

If I was lucky enough, I’d love to find one of these;

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The Cyclone – or Psyclone – was a high-end steel frame, not sure if all of them were fillet brazed, but some were, that sat at the top of their line along with the Zaskar and Xizang Ti.

I’ve never seen one in person, so I suspect they are very rare.

The Zaskars are far more common, and GTs in general are right up there on the Mt. Rushmore of VRC bikes.

Cyclone source;  http://forums.mtbr.com/gt/gt-frame-build-up-1991-cyclone-made-usa-763025.html

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