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PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:10 pm 
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Fair enough, but he was a great fighter on the bike, also after his suspension.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 6:51 pm 
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I guess I can let the cat out of the bag on the who's and what's... Between the generally beat up condition of the team bike, the asking price, and the first comment out of my wife's mouth as the tip of the iceberg on the "why would you want a bike associated with THAT guy's team?!?", I've decided to pass on this one.

So, for anyone who was curious, I was looking at a former Sean Yates bike, Eddy Merckx Team Motorola in SLX tubing.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 6:54 pm 
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:wink: Nice to see you've 'come out'

Fair enough. :)


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:32 pm 
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My mistake. Thought we were talking about the boss himself....
But I do understand that you're not that interested in the bike.
Funny thing with preferences though. I wouldn't want to be seen on a Motorola bike, but I'd love a Festina one... Guess that says more about me than anything else.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:51 pm 
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So what most people are saying is that they would not own an Ex Team bike that was ridden by Merckx, Hinault, Kelly, Poulidor, etc etc.? now I find that WIERD!! but thats only my personal opinion.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:00 pm 
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DaveB1 wrote:
I guess I can let the cat out of the bag on the who's and what's... Between the generally beat up condition of the team bike, the asking price, and the first comment out of my wife's mouth as the tip of the iceberg on the "why would you want a bike associated with THAT guy's team?!?", I've decided to pass on this one.

So, for anyone who was curious, I was looking at a former Sean Yates bike, Eddy Merckx Team Motorola in SLX tubing.


Second best colour scheme, runner up to 7 Eleven. I can't bring myself to dislike Yates, used to love watching him on the front in the Tour. One of my favourite days in cycling when he got yellow. Would be worried how much hammer the frame had taken with a man of his power riding it!


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 11:43 pm 
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excuse my naiveity here - is this sean yates we're playing silly buggers over??! :roll:

i think we need to be realistic about "the past" and to assume that "most" riders in the peloton were doing drugs of one type or the next back then (and probably now, too). there were a few exceptions to the rule - superhumans who didn't feel pain like the rest of us. their achievements are well documented.

however, put yourself in the picture - you've been a tremendous young amateur at your level, you win all the races that are thrown at you, you move abroad to try your hand at the next level only to find that you're getting slaughtered as if you were riding with only one leg, time after time!!

an old friend of mine did just that and came back home with his tail between his legs after trying his luck in belgium in the 80s. he said that these guys were injecting something called "belgian mix" which apparently contained speed, heroine and cocaine. it's use was rife in the top amateur races. he said that these guys were literally foaming at the mouth and "chomping at the bit" to get going on the start line.
after the race was over, the same guys would have to go and ride their legs into the ground to get the junk out of their systems, as if the race itself wasn't enough!
anyway, he was proud enough to say, "f**k that!" and came home without joining the party.

however, imagine that you're one of the many who decided to "join the party" - something of a normality back then. and you get invited to join big bad lance's team and are told to take the "meds" and "join the party" or else you're out.
unless you were a physical freak like hinault or lemond (and i mean that in the nicest way possible), who's to say that you wouldn't have done the same as yates, simpson, riis, hincapie, hamilton et all?

i think that all this hysteria stinks of hypocrisy. let's be totally honest - surely we suspected that these "racehorses" were taking illegal substances and if we genuinely didn't then were we naive enough to think that bike riders could really ride those hellish races day after day after day on pasta and bananas alone??!

we all loved to watch them torturing themselves and their competitors and secretly we knew that no normal human being could possibly perform to these levels without some kind of assistance from the doctor!

my friends and i went to the south of france when we were in our early 20s and were flying fit and racing every race we could. on the big day we managed to get halfway up alpe d'huez in the scorching sun and had to stop for a rest, such was the severity of this effort!
and to think that the tour de france does a couple of weeks hard racing beforehand and then on the day itself covers more hideous mountains in 100 miles of racing and then these guys start hammering up the last and most difficult climb as if they just got on their bikes at the bottom!!!
i think that we need to waken up here - we are only human beings and i think that we need to accept that what happened in the past was acceptable in the past, however unacceptable it may be today. i for one do not watch modern cycling on tv - it's boring in the extreme in a similar way that formula one is boring in the extreme and certainly boring in comparison to the dangerous but thrilling racing of yesteryear.
personally, i prefer to live in the past when it comes to armchair cycling and watch those "drug-fuelled" superhumans on vhs killing themselves and one another over mountain after mountain, mile after mile, time and time again! spectacular crashes in formula one? weren't they thrilling to watch? you won't see that these days.

my point is, the romans didn't have gladiators in the amphetheatres for nothing - we all have it in ourselves to be thrilled by extremes of behaviour and by superhuman effort, no matter how it's achieved. it's the danger that excites us! i think that life these days is far too controlled by do-gooder puppets and their litigation masters. we cannot move without signs telling us "dont do this" and "don't do that" - why don't they just have big signs everywhere saying "LIFE CAN BE DANGEROUS!" :roll:

let's be a little kinder to those "heroes" of cycling who are "tainted" in these "perfectly clean" times - these were the guys that inspired thousands of us to get our backsides out on the bike to try and "be like them", however unlikely that was going to be.

tour de france? i can't wait until i read about hinault throwing some idiot off of his podium - it's about as exciting as that race gets these days!! :roll:

anyway, thank goodness for those old tapes...as one of my life long cycling buddies said recently - it was the drugs that made it great to watch!!!

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 5:03 pm 
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Sean Yates was a fearless man on a bike. I remember a stage into Cork in 1991 in the Nissan Classic where he broke away and was joined by Sean Kelly. The weather conditions that day were treacherous, storm conditions fallen trees across the road, best viewed from the couch! :D Sean won the stage that day on St. Patrick's Hill. I wouldn't put Motorola in the same category as US Postal. There were great riders such as Andy Hampsten and Phil Anderson riding for that team. I am nearly finished a motorola eddy merckx restoration, its not a team bike, but if it has an association with Sean Yates it wouldn't be a problem for me personally, it would add to it's value.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 7:32 pm 
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cloonaghpat wrote:
Sean Yates was a fearless man on a bike. I remember a stage into Cork in 1991 in the Nissan Classic where he broke away and was joined by Sean Kelly. The weather conditions that day were treacherous, storm conditions fallen trees across the road, best viewed from the couch! :D Sean won the stage that day on St. Patrick's Hill. I wouldn't put Motorola in the same category as US Postal. There were great riders such as Andy Hampsten and Phil Anderson riding for that team. I am nearly finished a motorola eddy merckx restoration, its not a team bike, but if it has an association with Sean Yates it wouldn't be a problem for me personally, it would add to it's value.

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Pat


i'll second that, pat!

indeed, motorola were an amazing team - i'm working my way through the late 80s tours de france on vhs just now and can't wait to see hampsten do his thing on the mountains - what an amazing guy he was - a lot like roche and kelly - totally unconceited and a joy to watch on the bike...

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 10:47 am 
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one of my bikes [trek sl 1000 has " 7 tour wins graphic'd on the seat tube ! i don't think i could file a law suit and claim my £130 + emotional trauma ! :lol:
it is a tricky one, if it did not have his signature on it you need nt mention it i suppose and then
lable as a team issue, full stop. hopefully there wont be any anti-christ spirits lurking in the tubes. :evil: :lol:
as for distances and using a currier if they won't sell without a personal hand shake deal,well why not ?


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