Posts Tagged ‘obree’

Boss Obree.

February 18, 2011

I can’t get enough of this bike. Everything has been considered in terms of making it as light as possible, look at it! It’s pretty darn ugly with it’s imperfections but in ways also quite beautiful.

I read that the aero bars attached to the front of this machine are completely custom and they took Obree himself three months to whittle down from a solid piece of aluminium. Now that’s what I am talking about. Simply brilliant.

Thanks Hardysan for the linkage.

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RIH Track Hotness.

December 19, 2010

Mr. Wim van der Kaaij told that this unconventional track bike was built after Graeme Obree broke Francesco Mosers hour record on a home built bike in 1993. Mr. van der Kaaij keeps it in his shop for historical reasons although he calls it “ugly and heavy”.

Is that a fork crown? Nice.
More here.

Graeme Obree Geneva to Nice.

June 17, 2010

Once over the top, another amazing 1000m descent had Stuart and I in aero tucks on the long straights, and on the ragged edge of grip into the switchback sections. Cars by now were just an inconvenience to be drafted until we could out-sprint them into the bends. Taking a hand off the bars to give a thumbs up to any drivers that got out of our way as we swept past at 50mph-plus was exciting.

Great read and a few great shots too, especially loving the Galibier shots. My, my the sign that used to say ‘Col du Galibier’ now resembles something outside of a skateboard shop. Enough stickers, already!

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Speaking of Obree.

May 22, 2009

Here is his hour record set in 1993 where he broke Moser’s previous record on a home made bike made out of bits of shed and washing machine.

Greame your a boss.

Obree and the Hour Record

May 22, 2009

In an interview in Cycling Plus magazine reveals that Obree (43 ) says he is training to beat the current hour record but this time on a standard double triangle steel framed ‘safety’ bicycle. He says “I’m not saying that I will break the hour record, but I am aspiring to do it.”

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Since the UCI banned anything other than standard bicycles with spoked wheels the distances and records have somewhat fell off but Obree plans to remedy that… on this:

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As he did with his previous hour records, Obree has built his own bike for this attempt. It’s made out of Reynolds 653 tubing and weighs over the UCI limit of 6.8 kilos. “I’ve built it within the limiting factors of the regulations,” he said. “It’s deliberately long so my arms are stretched onto the drops for the best aero position. It’s also longer at the rear as this puts weight towards the front of the bike.”

The bike also features another Obree trademark, a huge gear: 138 inches (67×13) to be exact. He’s been pedaling this on his evening training sessions, which typically last between two and two-and-a-half hours.

The current record, using ‘modern’ UCI rules, is 49.7km, held by Czech Ondrej Sosenka. In the past, when the rules allowed for more aerodynamic bikes, Obree twice broke the record: 51.596km in 1993 and 52.713km in 1994.

Go on Graeme! I am rooting for you.

Via Bike Radar.


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