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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:09 pm 
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For as long as I can remember, how come we never see Retro Triathlon bikes pass this way?

Just curious. Not a fan of Triathlon in particular, just bikes. Let's discuss....

To get the ball rolling, found this when scanning the local ads.....and yes, it's weird as *uck, as you would expect from the early Triathlon scene trapped in a world of it's own (de)regulations and standards. Personally can't imagine mounting this wearing only a pair of swimming trunks, but all the same a good candidate for conversation and running uber fast errands.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:48 pm 
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As your photo demonstrates, they were ugly buggers. Funny slopes, 26in wheels and tribars.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 4:29 am 
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pigman wrote:
As your photo demonstrates, they were ugly buggers. Funny slopes, 26in wheels and tribars.


Actually, the above Wheeler is rather clean looking leaving the geometry aside.

Is there simply no love for Triathlon bikes and they all go to the tip?

My own experience with a few triathletes I chatted to gave me the impression they would put loads of money in their bike stuff year after year and seemed hell bent advocating very strange ideas about bikes, position and weight saving.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 4:38 am 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:36 am 
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These were allot better & retro

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:16 am 
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The few older ones I've dealt with were unsellable piss soaked, corroded pieces of shit.

You'd think if someone had spent £10k on the latest aero Tri superbike they would actually spend some time looking after it.

Apparently not.

I'd guess a lot of them have been bolted to a turbo, scrapped/written off or buried at the back of the garage, either stripped of useful parts, or complete.

I sent one mate back home when he brought his Tri bike round for some new parts a couple of years ago. His last race had involved pissing and vomiting on it. He hadn't used it or cleaned it in the intervening 6 months..... Still had the half full bottle on it.

This is, unfortunately, not unusual.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:26 am 
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I guess the proximity and transfer of sea water post swim doesn't help matters


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 12:20 pm 
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mattr wrote:
The few older ones I've dealt with were unsellable piss soaked, corroded pieces of shit.

You'd think if someone had spent £10k on the latest aero Tri superbike they would actually spend some time looking after it.

Apparently not.

I'd guess a lot of them have been bolted to a turbo, scrapped/written off or buried at the back of the garage, either stripped of useful parts, or complete.

I sent one mate back home when he brought his Tri bike round for some new parts a couple of years ago. His last race had involved pissing and vomiting on it. He hadn't used it or cleaned it in the intervening 6 months..... Still had the half full bottle on it.

This is, unfortunately, not unusual.


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Absolute gem! If there were support cars in Triathlon events then they would need to carry Dettol too. FFS.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 12:46 pm 
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What sort of triathlon are we talking about here? Back in the 80s and 90s it only seemed to be proper long distance events in hot-looking places and it needed some serious dedication. Today it's Olympic and sprint distances which are quite manageable by most people with minimal training and kit. I used to do Olympic distance triathlon on old bikes. Early 90s 6-speed Raleigh with nothing more than drop bars and downtube shifters used on one of them and my 70s Bob Jackson with at least some aero kit fitted.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 12:46 pm 
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Edit: Forum not playing ball. Given up trying to attach images.


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