Anybody else listening to the Eurosport commentary on the Tour at the moment?
The commentators arranged to join a group heading up Tourmalet yesterday (the rest day). Sean Kelly said yes he'd go, but he didn't have a bike. No problem said the group leader, just turn up and we'll sort it. Okay said Sean, but I don't have kit either. Again, no problem.
He turned up, and was presented with his ride for the day - a 1910 singlespeed bike geared at 40:24 (overgeared, they said)! The kit they gave him was the wool olden days kit. And fair play, he put it on, saddled up and rode the ride. Awesome!
Interesting note - even back in the day, the bikes ridden on the Tour would have been single speed not fixed, according to the commentator. Who knew?!
Edited to say photos here
and the story here
Roll on the Eroica!
all of the experts say you've got to start them young
MKM Dominator 1977
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