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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:59 am 
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Morning all,

I recently went to a cycle shop called 'Ciclisport - life behind bars' in Moneymore, Northern Ireland. The owner/s are a guy called John Smyth and his son called Jonathan Smyth. They sell Specialized and Giant bikes and a load of high quality kit. On the walls are a few older bikes which belonged to John's father - Tommy Smyth. Pics are below. On the day i was there Stephen Roche was there to open their new fitting room and attend two charity functions for a cancer charity, i got my pic taken with Stephen and this made my day!!!

Tommy Smyth holds the record for travelling from the southern most point of Ireland (might be called Mizzen Head) to the northern most pair - Fair Head on a tandem. The record was set in 1953 and still stands. Pics of the bike - a Rensch, are below - and i believe that the tandem might be a bit older than that.

I had a great day out and i am sure if you happen to be passing through - John will give you the tour of the bikes and memorabilia etc in the showroom. He might even sell you an S-Works for £7200!!!

The record breaking tandem -

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A priceless Pinarello tandem -

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:06 am 
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More pics -

Pinarello TT bike -

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Something more modern - Alexander Vinokourov's Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4 which won the gold medal in the road race at the Olymipcs - a light bike!!

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Specialized S-Works McLaren (same as Mark Cavandish's)

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The great Mr Roche and me -

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There are a few more pics here, if you are interested -

http://s1290.beta.photobucket.com/user/ ... 9957805965

Thanks all,

Richard


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:59 pm 
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As a matter of interest, has anyone had the Specialized fitting service done? You get examined by a physiotherapist before you go on the bike. They then video you from all directions and adjust the bike where necessary. You are provided with this video and i presume relevant measurements at the end. I think the cost is £150.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:56 pm 
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Some excellent photographs there. I am fascinated with the gears on that first tandem. I am thinking of getting properly fitted. Adrian Timmis offers it not too far from here. Can't comment on the Specialized one but I think Adrian sets great store in setting your shoes up properly, amongst othe things.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:46 am 
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HI,

I think they are earlier than 1953, i have read a book called the Dancing Chain and i think they are 1940's gears - they work on a sort of pulley system - one cable pulls them in and the other pulls them out; oh and they still work!! Will911 helped setting those gears up (although i expect not originally LMAO!!!!) and apparently it was difficult to do as the cables need to be exactly the right length to work. I think that is you pumped the tyres up all the bikes would ride.

I like the idea of getting set up on a bike and if it works you have the measurements forever. I think in the past, the bikes were set ut but the measurements were kept somewhat secret so you had to return to the particular dealer for your next bike - i could be wrong about that.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 3:14 pm 
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Wow you sure have tidied up your garage Richard and got yourself some fine bikes too :) Got yourself a new riding partner as well....

Great pictures. Thanks for sharing.


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