BoTM BotM November 2021 non 26" wheels - The Vote

Bike of The Month

Pick your winner

  • LGF 1992 Centurion

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Bawgixer’s 1991 GT Quatrefoil

    Votes: 4 4.4%
  • Lhatch4's 1985/86 Raleigh Mountain Tour Grand Mesa

    Votes: 2 2.2%
  • WimVDD's 1991 Scott Junior Team

    Votes: 3 3.3%
  • SeeingisBelievingGTMuseum (aka gm1230126) 1995 GT Zaskar 24"

    Votes: 2 2.2%
  • joglo's 1991 Diamond Back Overdrive

    Votes: 6 6.6%
  • doctor-bond's 1988 Cannondale 24"x24" SM700

    Votes: 2 2.2%
  • 24pouces 86 Hanebrink SE Shocker

    Votes: 40 44.0%
  • GrahamJohnWallace's 1981 Cleland Range-Rider

    Votes: 18 19.8%
  • DrGooGoo's 1986 Cannondale SM600

    Votes: 2 2.2%
  • Kevhls Minitou HT kids bike 20"

    Votes: 3 3.3%
  • REtrouble's 1982 English Cycles Range Rider

    Votes: 6 6.6%
  • RetroJIM's 1991 Marin Sausalito

    Votes: 3 3.3%

  • Total voters
    91
  • Poll closed .

GrahamJohnWallace

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Your 700 wheeled mtb make me think about old VCCP bikes, with ever some front supensions !
Both suspension and large diameter wheels existed on mainstream bicycles more than 100 years ago. It was the marketing of pneumatic tyre from 1995, and the improvements made to road surfaces that led to the demise of both. Due to this, bicycle wheels became smaller and tyres narrower. By the time the first mountain bikes were being developed there were very few large diameter balloon tyres that were still being made.

Due to its rural nature, France in the 1950's still had a lot of poor quality roads. And because the riding of them was popular, 40mm wide 650b Randonneur tyres and strong rims remained commonplace. These tyres inspired the creation of bicycles that were very similar to modern-day gravel bikes. In the mid 1950's the young riders of the Paris VCCP used these tyres to create a sport that was very similar to modern-day mountain biking.
Vélo Cross Club de Paris

In Britain and other countries, similar MTB like off-road sports also developed. This started with cycle-speedway on the cleared bombsites of WWII, which led to the creation of 26″ X 1 3/8″ knobbly tyres which teenagers used to create their own off-road bicycles. Competitions between these 'Tracker' or dirt-track bikes often took place and sometimes were a sideshow at motorbike scrambling events.
Tracker bike thread

The beginning of this film briefly covers the origins of off-road cycling in Britain.
Film: Mountain Biking The Untold British Story
 
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velofrog

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A great turnout and a relative landslide victory, congrats 24pouces 😎

2nd place got my vote though 😊
 

GrahamJohnWallace

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Well done 24pouces:cool: A worthy winner.

Relative youth and suspension has trumped age and big wheels.

I am impressed that LGF did not vote for his own bike!

Is this the first time that a non-26" wheeled bike has won BotM?
 
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