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PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:23 pm 
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Found these pics of Graeme Obree's Bike, 'Old Faithful' the other day. I took them when I took my daughter to Edinburgh for her birthday a couple of years ago.

Thought they may be of interest to some out there.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 10:44 pm 
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What a story his is- thanks for the pics.

Love that bike too. Compare with Boardmans super hi-tech Lotus designed in the wind tunnel etc. I know which I prefer! Obrees bike has soul.

Obree had an idea and knocked it up himself. Main tube is a Reynolds tandem bar that he flattened. Other tubing I think came from BMXs & the boottom bracket bearings came from a washing machine. Its easy to dismiss him as a bodger but actually he must have been a skilled craftsman and clearly was a genius bike designer.

On top of that he broke the hour record (in the most mind blowing way) on the bike he designed and made. An incredible guy!


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white turbo saddle. nice touch :)


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:37 am 
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Has anyone seen his film, The Flying Scotsman?

I watched it a few months back.......amazing, if a little sombering. There is more to Obree than meets the eye.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 12:40 pm 
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Certainly have. Recommend reading the book too, incidentally.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 1:07 pm 
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CTK wrote:
On top of that he broke the hour record (in the most mind blowing way) on the bike he designed and made. An incredible guy!


The feat (fails to break hour record so, full of self loathing, returns and does so the next day :shock: ) does not get nearly the credit it warrants.

As above, the book is an honest insight into what is clearly a very talented but complex character although the UCI do not come over in a very good light (probably no surprise there).

Oh, and in a not unconnected but much more light hearted vein, The Hour by Michael Hutchison is also well worth a read.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 4:20 pm 
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I think basically they ban any design if breaks french or italian records...


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 1:00 pm 
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Notice the shoes in place - screwed directly onto the pedal axle I recall.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 1:17 pm 
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This was his first "superman" position.
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and of course Italians will follow...
Andrea Colinelli

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Antonella Belutti

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and then Chris Boardman
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Superman position was main reason why UCI banned these bikes and positions. I had two years used Look KG196 at home with 26" front wheel.
No use after that anymore...cheap wallhanger :lol:


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 1:56 pm 
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Seen that wonderful bike in the National Museum of Scotland :D

A true low tech superstar, he even carbo loaded with marmalde sandwiches before a record attempt instead of the hitech sports nutrition foods other athletes used :lol:

The world needs more Graeme Obree's


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